Common Names : Corn Snake, Red Rat Snake Scientific Name : Pantherophis Guttatus Average Size : 3.5′ to 5′ Slender Build
DIET: Rodents TEMPS: 80-85 F HUMIDITY: Low Levels (daily misting during sheds can help) LIFESPAN: Up to 23 years in captivity
The Corn Snake – sometimes called the red rat snake – Pantherophis guttatus (formerly Elaphe guttata guttata) is one of the easiest snake species to maintain in captivity. Adult corns generally average lengths between 3.5 and 4.5 feet and no other snake species in their size class rivals the variety of colors and patterns found in corns. They are arguably the most human-tolerant snake in captivity today, and are considered the number one choice for new snake owners.
For many obvious reasons, we recommend a captive-hatched snake over a wild one. Captive bred corns are generally parasite and disease free, and by discouraging the sale of wild-caught corn snakes, we help reduce the wild habitat damage inflicted by snake catchers.