Surprise Corn Snake Eggs!

Corn Snake Eggs

We’re known for breeding a lot of animals in store. We prepare everything in advance to ensure things go a smoothly as possible. Nesting boxes are made, incubation boxes are prepared and the huge incubator is always ready for eggs.

No matter how much you plan ahead it’s important to remember that living animals don’t always follow your plan and will aometimes catch you out! This happened yesterday during a routine clean of one of the vivs containing an adult corn snake. Lifting a piece of cork bark exposed a healthy clump of full white eggs.

Both parents are Anerythristic Corn Snakes so the babies will all be the same (assuming both parents do not carry recessive genes). We will update you when they hatch!

This kind of surprise must of happened to other reptile keepers so please post comments below!

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58 Responses to Surprise Corn Snake Eggs!

  1. glen May 2, 2009 at 11:30 pm #

    cool, well done guys, look forward to seeing pics

  2. Glen May 12, 2009 at 9:43 am #

    Have you got any known males for sale by any chance?

    • Gary May 12, 2009 at 10:29 am #

      Hi Glen, we have lots of males. It depends on the variety and age of the snake you are after. Please call us for more details 😀

  3. jack May 19, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    I have two female corn snakes (maybe)! One is laying eggs? what do i do! does this mean one is male or can they lay duds? Also if one is male will i have to sell it!

    • Gary May 20, 2009 at 8:13 am #

      Hi Jack
      Females can sometimes lay unfertilised eggs but it’s more likely you have a boy in there too! It is their breeding season so it’s not unusual for this time of year. If you want to keep the eggs and hatch them you will need to incubate them, here is a link to an incubator.
      No need to sell your male.

  4. Katie June 4, 2009 at 10:49 am #

    Hi, i have a four year old corn snake and a 3 year old king snake. They are housed together and have been for about 5 months. I was told the corn snake was male and that the king snake was female. Last night my what should of been male but obviously isn’t, corn snake laid an egg. Is it possible for a king snake and a corn snake to mate? She only has one egg and i’ve never known her to lay an egg before. she is 4 years old. Could this just be an infertile egg or is it possible that the egg is fertile??

    • Gary June 4, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

      Hi, they usually lay about 15 eggs so I’d imagine there is more to come. It is possible for kings and corns to breed even though they are from a different genus. It is also possible any eggs could be infertile. Be very very very careful with your snakes as king snakes do eat other snakes. You may come down one morning to a viv with just one very fat snake in it!

  5. katie June 4, 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    Thanks Gary 🙂
    Would my local vet be able to sex my king snake? I don’t fancy probing it myself as i have absolutely no experience in this and i wouldn’t want to harm the snake.
    I heard it is risky keeping corns and kings together, i feed them twice a week though so hopefully my king won’t feel the need to eat my corn! Hopefully!
    And is it possible for a corn to have just one egg? She had it last night and i haven’t noticed anymore since. Also it is quite pointed and orange in colour? It looks different to the pictures of the eggs you have on here from your corns? I’ve kept snakes for a few years now but i have no experience in breeding them as i’ve never had any intentions on doing so.

    • Gary June 5, 2009 at 8:01 am #

      We’ll probe it for you for free if you live near by. I’ll be honest, I am nervous about your corn/ king combination though.
      One egg? Anything is possible, it’s just highly unlikely. Can you take a picture and either email it to or send it to me on facebook? It doesn’t sound like a viable egg but hard to say without seeing

  6. Katie June 5, 2009 at 12:48 pm #

    Hiya Gary,
    Thank you for offering to probe my king snake but i don’t live near by. I’m way up North near the scottish borders. I have e-mailed you a few pictures of the egg my corn snake had two nights ago. She still hasn’t had anymore. Let me know what you think please. Thanks. Katie

  7. Katie June 13, 2009 at 7:49 am #

    Hi Gary, my corn snake has had more eggs, she has had 16 in total. Is there any chance they could be infertile? I just thought the king snake was a female, but then again i always thought the corn snake was a male. I’m incubating the eggs as best as i can. How long do they take to hatch?

    • Gary June 13, 2009 at 1:04 pm #

      Congratulations! Fingers crossed they are fertile, they take about 2 months to hatch. Let us know how it goes

  8. Katie June 14, 2009 at 11:09 am #

    Thanks 🙂 What will they look like if they hatch? The king snake is black with a white stripe down it’s back and the corn snake is red??? We’ll just have to wait and see i suppose? I had no intentions of breeding snakes but i must admit that i’m quite excited now and i hope they do hatch!! I will let you know how it goes 🙂


    • Gary June 15, 2009 at 10:58 am #

      Not too sure, it will be interesting to find out!

  9. KJ July 9, 2009 at 6:56 pm #

    HI There,my corn laid eggs and I want to know… how does a motley and a pink looking one looks like together?

    Do you know anything about how they look when hatched?

    • Gary July 14, 2009 at 10:11 am #

      They will just look like small versions of the adults. Without knowing exactly what the parents are it is very difficult to predict what the babies will be

  10. KJ July 9, 2009 at 6:58 pm #

    Do you know how to sex between a male and female corn snake?

    • Gary July 14, 2009 at 10:10 am #

      The most accurate way to sex snakes is to probe them. It’s not something I would suggest you do yourself but if you live near us we would happily do it for you

  11. brett July 19, 2009 at 11:06 pm #

    hi their been luking on the net for sum answers about my corn.seen this site and i hope u can help me..ive got a femail corn apparently i was told it was probed so its a femail.i put it with a male corn on the 13th of may and their tails locked.they was kept to gether 4 to days.but their is no eggs yet and its now the 20th of july do u think she is up the duff with eggs.please can u email me back on ********* many thanks brett

  12. mandy August 2, 2009 at 9:53 pm #

    hi can you help us our corn snake eggs started hatching last night they look really good, we are a bit worried one of the snakes were dead looks like it had sufocated it was fully formed just couldnt get out any way there is still a few eggs which hasnt started to hatch yet no slits on them should we help them am worried that the same will happen to them this is the first ime we have done this so its a bit new and worrying.

    • Gary August 3, 2009 at 8:03 am #

      Hi Mandy, it’s best to just leave them. A healthy snake will make it’s own way out of the egg. Unfortunately there are sometimes those who just don’t make it. That’s why they have so many eggs to compensate for this.

  13. mandy August 3, 2009 at 12:16 pm #

    hi thanks for your help most of the snakes are out now we have 10 healthy corn snakes, not too sure wat has happened all the snakes that have came out are a blue grey colour both our adult corn snakes are red, do they change colour as they get older ? we had 2 dead in all both of them where red do u think its just a coincidence that both of them were the only red ones there ?
    thanks again mandy

    • Gary August 3, 2009 at 12:19 pm #

      Great news Mandy. Sounds like a coincidence with the red ones not making it. Colours can develop as they grow but they wont entirely change

  14. mandy August 3, 2009 at 12:35 pm #

    thanks again am very excited was a bit unsure about breeding them earlier this year, i still have a few eggs in the incubator that looks like they might also be hatching too i will let you know how we get on,


  15. Tori August 7, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    Hi there,
    My female corn snake (i have one male one female living happily together) has just laid a clutch of around 20 eggs (she is adopted so i do not know how old she is unfortunatley). I do not want to breed them so is it safe to just throw them away? The previous owners used to do this and just throw them but i just wanted to check this would be ok.


    • Gary August 8, 2009 at 8:34 am #

      Yes Tori they can be discarded. You are better off freezing them though to make sure they are not going to be viable

  16. George October 29, 2009 at 6:59 pm #

    We had a nice surprise when are femaile corn snake’s first batch of eggs alll hatched 16 in totale. Then when i was cleaning there warter out i noticed somthing white under there log it turns shed laid anouth 10 egg’s all healthy!

  17. Harrison November 17, 2009 at 5:55 pm #

    This happened to me a last year.. the night before my a level exams began 😀

  18. Catherine December 7, 2009 at 10:33 am #

    Hi I have found a couple of small eggs in the backyard the first one was white and normal egg shape but was already broken as in hatched and whatever animal came out of it I did not see. This happened the last heatwave a couple of weeks ago, today I found another one but the colour is baby blue. also hatched. Today also being a hot day, both found on the grass. I am a little concern what should I do?

  19. Darren December 14, 2009 at 2:26 pm #

    Hello Gary, i have a male Yellow Rat Snake and a female Carolina Corn Snake, they have been in the same viv for 3 years now, i have never put them into hibernation but the corn snake is defently gravid, she is just going through her shedding process (cloudy eyes) and i have done all my research on incubating the eggs but i am a very worried farther lol, i know people that have just put a tuperware tub with damp vermiculite inside their viv along with the snakes so that is what im going to do, there will be a thermometer in with the eggs and a guage to read the humidity, wish me luck and ill keep you updated.

    • Gary December 14, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

      I wish you the best of luck and hope you can send us some pics if you are successful! I know people who have incubated this way before but it’s not the easiest way to be fair. Keep a close eye on the temperature as your viv should be running at different temperatures during the day and night which can affect your incubation. All of our corn eggs are incubated at a steady 84oF 24/7 if it helps you.

  20. Cornelius Lambrechts December 28, 2009 at 10:08 am #

    hi i have 2 corn snakes the red and orange ones the male is about 3 years i think and the female 1and a half. she laid her 3rd batch of eggs(11) about two weeks ago. the previous batches didnt hatch. do u think this batch will hatch. ps i dont hatch the eggs my uncle takes them to someone whom he says knows hw to hatch snake eggs.???

  21. Helen January 15, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    i love snakes, they are just cool, and beatiful, but i didnt know males and males could mate??

  22. Gemma Hoe February 18, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    Aww, cute, hope they all come out successfully!

  23. sara confused March 20, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    hi i got a corn snake from a friend who didn’t tell me that she had been mated! the day after i got her shes laid a clutch of eggs in the night when i got up they were slightly dry so i went to my pet shop where i got my other snake and asked their advice they gave me a box and a heat pad and said if they are still alive they should hacth in approx 60- 80days. is what i’ve been told true? im very worried been looking on the internet for advice but it doesn’t tell me what the pet shop said. i have now put the eggs in a box in with the mothers housing and am keeping them warm. as it was a suprise clutch it was the best i could do. so is it normal for the eggs to be abit dry and if not will they still be viable? when will the mother need a feed? please help as if they are viable i would like to do my best to hatch them as i’m a big softy. and i don’t want to do them any harm.

    • Gary March 22, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

      Hi Sarah, they need to be kept at a stable temperature to give them the best chance. A proper reptile incubator is best but I have known people leave them in the viv and they have hatched although most wont. They are very prone to dehydration too if not incubated properly. I personally wouldn’t use a heat mat if it’s not controlled by a thermostat as you are likely to overheat the eggs. If you’d like to know exactly how we incubate ours please call us on 01604 753823 and ask for Sam. I will do a step by step guide on here when ours start breeding again.

  24. Cyndi April 4, 2010 at 4:40 pm #


    My cornsnake laid eggs yesterday….. I have done a lot of reading on how to incubate them……I have set up an aquarium with water, heater and an air stone. the temp is about 86-90 degrees…..I have the eggs in snake bedding that is moist (in a glade food container with a lid on top)….do I need to poke holes in the top of the container…..

    I am unsure if this is going to work…any suggestions?

  25. sally n stev April 29, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

    hi my female corn snake i brought of u as had 17 eggs 2 day not sure what time but we noticed them at 6.15 pm so far not sure if she is going 2 have more .but we havent got an incubator yet i we wasnt ready .so what we have done is put the nest on the heat mat and going 2 leave the female 2 do her stuff if she as more also the male as gone in there 2 . also going 2 leave the light on all night as when we turn it of the temprature drops .and we dont want 2 harm the eggs . its only till 2morrow as we are coming down urs 2 c about an incubator . will this be 2 late 2 do this and will thay still be alive . also will she have more thanks sally and stev

  26. katie May 1, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    hi gary..

    my snake layed eggs last night we put whem in a tub with some wet soil we also sprayed them with a little bit of warm water and when i woke up today i have found out that they have plumped up a bit but not fully . should i ust leave them or what, … please write baack and email me at *****************

  27. katie May 2, 2010 at 7:28 pm #

    hii my name is katie my corn snake layed eggs 2 days ago yesterday the mother corn snke started ho hiss at me but she was not with the eggs is this normal . also we have put the eggs in a tub with some wet soil is this ok. Also last night my dad opend one of the eggs beause he was very unshure they where going to hatch. my dad opend up a eggs with some dints in the egg had a red dot of blood on it does this mean that it is fertile will all my 8 snke eggs be fertile ?. i hope they hatch please wright back, thanks katie

  28. 黑帽SEO May 12, 2010 at 9:01 pm #

    Thank you for useful info. 🙂

  29. Toby May 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    hi there, i have a cornsnake, a female one, and she has been kept on her own for the last couple of years at least. however, today i noticed a single egg in there?! how is this possible? and do i need to worry? thanks a lot, Toby

  30. stacey June 19, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

    Hi, I live in Northumberland and my suposedly two female corns have laid eggs, making me suspect that theother is a male. It was a big suprise as they are only just over ayear old…
    how is it best to get the female back to good health – we took her the vets to get calcium injection and multivit and she has eaten 2 rat pups and a pinkie since she laid on wednesday. I’m just worried if my other is male they will mate again as we keep them together at present.

    • Gary June 21, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

      Hi Adele, just keep her in the right environment and if she’s eating it’s fair to assume she’s happy. If your male continues to harass her then your only solution is unfortunately to separate them. She is a little too young to be breeding in an ‘ideal world’, but it sounds like she coped ok with it.

      • Jacob June 26, 2010 at 2:17 am #

        Is it normal for my snake eggs to appear to have something green inside them? And if not is it possible to keep them too moist?

  31. Marc June 23, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    Hi i have a corn snake and i was thinking about getting a king snake or another corn. what would happen if i housed the king snake with my corn?

  32. Martin July 17, 2010 at 10:58 am #

    Hi i have Have Corn eggs incubating in a herp nursery 2 they have been in there 57

  33. Martin July 17, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    Hi i have Have Corn eggs incubating in a herp nursery 2 they have been in there 57 days they are big and full the temp has been set to 29C but inside its 27C should i turn it up?
    I also have a second clutch been in there for 5 days i didnt breed the snakes twice though. They have sucked in and apear dehydrated could this mean they are infertile.

  34. LJ August 10, 2010 at 7:49 pm #

    they would attack each other

  35. LJ August 10, 2010 at 7:51 pm #

    unless you had two corns

  36. Hanna Wicca April 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    i found a clutch of eggs in my viv about 2 to 3 days after they where layd. i would not have known about them if 1 had not been laying in the hide. so we stuck them into an incubator, but if they will survive is anpther question entirely, as they did not look white and some had dried areas on the eggs. as this was the first time we had snakes mating that where supposed to be the same sex, we where seriously caught on the hop. the poor girl layed 16 eggs and now looks like as if i have never fed her. we have since removed the male culprit and hope that they will start to feed again, as that had also stopped for almost two month as well.

    • Gary Rolfe April 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

      that explains the non-feeding! I have found eggs in a terrible state that have still hatched healthy so don’t give up on them and I hope that you get lucky.
      At least you can feed them well for the next couple of months and have another go if you like.

  37. Mark May 1, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    hi my corn snakes had there egss last night this is the first time for me so what is the best way to care for the eggs for them to stay alive i don’t have a incubator so is there any other way for me to keep them alive wright back asap

    • Gary Rolfe May 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

      Find somewhere that is a stable 80-85oF and keep the eggs there in a sealed box with a slightly damp substrate. Maybe check the temp in the airing cupboard. If you need to talk further, give one of the guys in the shop a shout on 01604 753823, they’ll be happy to help

  38. alexandria October 23, 2012 at 2:12 am #

    what are the important things to know about hatching corn snake eggs?from time layed to hatching.

    • Gary Rolfe April 3, 2013 at 11:30 am #

      Consistent temperature of around 84oF and enough moisture in the incubation substrate to prevent the eggs from dehydrating

  39. Kolten April 13, 2013 at 5:38 am #

    Hi guys, I was wondering if all female corn snakes lay infertile eggs, and when it should be happening. I have had a corn for 6 years now that I believe is a female, but she hasn’t laid any eggs. Is it normal? Or is it more likely that I messed up and “she” is actually male ?

  40. Luke sharrock April 15, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    hi is there a chance of my male corn snake damaging my corn snake eggs sh’es due to lay in 2 weeks male okeetee 6 years old female caramel 3 years old
    thanks luke

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