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Corn Snakes are one of the most popular pet reptile species in the UK, known for having lovely natures, are easy to handle and very easy to keep.
Feed your corn snake one defrosted mouse or rat a week, no larger than the widest part of the body. Once they reach maturity they can be fed every other week, and can be offered small rats, chicks, and other species that are the appropriate size. Ensure that all frozen prey items are thoroughly defrosted in a fridge overnight, then brought up to room temperature before being offered to the snake. Prey can either be offered on tongs, or left in the vivarium for the snake to find.
Creating a suitable environment is critical for the well being of your snake.
A hatchling corn snake should be housed in a minimum of a 90cm vivarium, upgrading to a 120cm once they reach maturity. Lots of hides should be provided for the snake to feel safe, as well as a moss filled hide to aid shedding, and a water bowl large enough for the snake to soak in if it feels like it. Make sure that waste is removed as soon as possible, and that the vivarium, decor, and water bowl are cleaned regularly with a reptile safe disinfectant.
The Hypomelanistic corn snake is a species mainly found in North America that kills its small prey by constriction.
Their gentle nature, moderate fully grown size, low likelihood to bite and pattern, as well as simple care needs, mean that they are relatively easy to keep as a pet.
Young hypomelanistic corn snake should initially be fed pink mice, and move to adult mice as they grow bigger. Larger corn snakes may be able to eat smaller rodents such as gerbils, hamsters and young rats. It is important to not feed live rodents to your corn snake, as a bite may injure your snake.