Corn Snake Care

Corn Snake Care Sheet Provided by Reptifiles

As part of our partnership, ReptiFiles has prepared scientifically-backed care sheets just for Zen Habitats fans. Corn Snakes make good pets due to their docile temperaments, slow movement, and manageable size. Get a shopping list and learn more all about terrarium size, lighting, temperature, humidity, substrate, feeding, handling!

Corn Snake Tips from Zen Animal Care Manager

Kasey, Zen's own Animal Care Manager, discusses why Corn Snakes are among her top five easiest reptiles! “Corn Snakes can make a great addition for families with responsible children, as they rarely bite. They can be very good at escaping, so it is important to teach children how to keep the enclosure secure for the safety of their new pet,” explained Kasey.

Getting a Corn Snake

Keep in mind that larger is always better! There is a common myth that ball pythons prefer smaller spaces, but this is not true and promotes obesity as well as decreases the snake’s overall quality of life. The minimum enclosure size recommended by modern ball python experts is 4’x2’x2’. It's best to choose a front-opening enclosure with a covered top, which makes accessing the snake much easier (and less startling for the snake). Multiple ball pythons should not be housed together.

Snake Tips for New Owners

Zen Habitats spoke with Tricia Koczor, one of our gurus and creator of Reptilian Garden on YouTube, about snakes and what you need to know so your pet can be happy and healthy!

Five Cool Reptiles

Find out why the Nano Chameleon, Marine Iguana, Mary River Turtle, Paradise Tree Snake, and the Phantastic Leaf-tailed Gecko make our Animal Care Manage Kasey's list! Read about the world's smallest reptile, amazing evolutionary adaptations, crazy hair-dos, flying capabilities, and superior camouflaging abilities. And these are only a few of the fun facts you'll learn!

Your Healthy Snake

The first step toward keeping your snake healthy, according to Kasey, is to schedule a visit with a veterinarian specializing in exotics within the first couple weeks of them coming home. This will help establish a baseline for your pet and create a relationship with the veterinarian in the event your animal is to ever fall ill. Observing your snake’s behavior, body condition, activity level, skin, shedding, bowel movements, and urination is important to monitor overall health.