Corn Snake Care Sheet

Natural History

Corn snakes are a very commonly kept pet snake originally from the southern states in the USA. They were given their name because they were commonly found hunting mice in corn stores. They are considered harmless to humans and have a very important role in controlling rodent populations particularly around farms.

Corn snakes are probably the most popular pet snake in the UK and have been kept and bred for decades. Originally they were red/orange and brown but they have since been selectively bred for a range of pattern and colour combinations. While they can get quite long they remain slim and easy to handle. They generally have a very passive attitude making them a great choice for first time keepers.

The natural corn snake habitat consists of overgrown fields, the edges of a forest, flat plains with burrows or disused building (particularly barns and farm houses).

Southern United States of America