Your questions about corn snake care sheet

Sandra asks…

Corn snake care sheet?

I need a corn snake care sheet from a person from yahooanswers who has a corn snake

Chris answers:

http://www.reptilecare.com/CornSnakeCaresheet.htm : a good sight, I have a mated pair, that I love to death, they lay eggs once a year and are great little pets.

Joseph asks…

corn snake care sheet?

Chris answers:

http://www.anapsid.org/corn.html

http://members.aol.com/Kathandcam/Hawkherp/care.html

http://www.reptilehabitat.com/corn_snake_care_sheet.htm

http://www.exotic-pets.eu/corn-snake-care/

http://www.kingsnake.com/rockymountain/RMHPages/RMHnewpage11.htm

Donna asks…

Corn Snake Care Sheet. 10 POINTS TO BEST ANSWER!!!?

Chris answers:

Housing

Most adult Corn Snakes will live comfortably in a 20-gallon tank provided that you let them out for exercise. Bigger is always better in this case though and a 30-gallon or larger would be very nice. The tank must have a locking screen top. This is very important. Most pet stores sell clips that lock the top down securely. Buying 4 clips will ensure that you won’t be doing any “snake hunting” around the house. People will tell you to just stack books on top, but beware, snakes are escape artists that can wriggle through a very small hole. Enough said.

Snake Home Interiors

Some good substrates for the bottom of the tank are newspaper, pine bark chips (from a pet store, no pesticides), or aspen bedding. Newspaper is probably the best substrate available. It is clean and cheap. When it gets soiled just crumple it up and throw it away. Although seemingly perfect in every way, unfortunately newsprint is not very eye appealing. This is where pine bark chips come in. If properly obtained (through a reputable pet store) they are relatively clean. The soiled pieces can be scooped out as they appear and the whole tank can be emptied on a regular basis and disinfected. Aspen bedding is my personal favorite. The manufacturers claim the pieces are small enough so that if ingestion occurs no harm will come to the animal. In fact, I have seen all my snakes ingest the Aspen at one time or another. I have used it successfully for several years now.
Pine shavings, corncob, and sand are no good because they can easily become ingested and lead to impaction. Dirt from outside is not suitable because it has bacteria and could have parasites in it. (Dirt can be used in emergency situations, although I can’t imagine what that could be. Just put the dirt in a pan and bake it at 300 degrees for about 15 minutes. Let it cool first before putting it into the cage, obviously.)
Your Corn Snake needs a hide box in which to feel secure. I have used many different objects for this purpose. Half a log, a small cardboard box with a hole cut in the side, various fake logs from the pet store, and even a heavy plastic cup if there’s nothing else around. The shelter should be slightly larger than the animal so it can touch all the sides and feel cozy. Whatever you choose it should be easily cleaned or disposed of (in the case of the box) when soiled.
A Corn Snake of all snakes definitely needs a climbing branch. (If the branch comes from outside you may either bake it in the oven like the dirt, see above, or you may pour boiling water over the branch outside. Baking is more thorough.) The best way to secure the branch is to extend it from the bottom of one corner diagonally to the opposite corner near the top. (By the way, be careful when opening the top that your snake is not perched on top between the cage and the screen. You don’t want to squish anyone!) Aside from the branch other decorations can be used like plastic trees and such. Just make sure they are easy to clean.

Water!

Your Corn Snake is going to need a water dish filled with clean water at all times. It should be big enough for him to get his whole body into. Yes, they like to “take a bath” once in a while. Many times when your snake is going to shed he will take a dip in his water dish to help the skin come off. Unfortunately most snakes also like to relieve themselves while in water also. This is just a fact of life and you must be prepared to change the water frequently. Actually it makes cage cleanup very easy when they go in the water. I’ve had some snakes that go every time in their water and I’ve had others who never go near the water except to drink. Go figure.

Heating

All snakes are Poikilothermic (cold-blooded). This means that they cannot regulate their body temperature like we can. Without proper heating their tank can get too cold and they can die. If their tank gets too hot they can die from overheating, as they have no way to lower their body temperature. Corn Snakes are from North America so obviously they come across cold temperatures. Out in the wild they hibernate. If you don’t keep a constant temperature year-round in your Corn Snake’s cage he too will go into hibernation.
If you want to cool your snakes down for breeding you need to let them get all the food out of their systems first. Don’t feed them for a couple of weeks prior to cooling and make sure that they defecate also. This is so the food doesn’t just rot in their stomach. Obviously you do not want to feed them while they are cooled down. If on an off chance they took the food they wouldn’t be able to digest it without proper heat. Personally I recommend keeping your Corn Snake at an even temperature year round. 75 degrees is a nice average temperature that they seem to be happy at.
One of the best types of heat that I have used for Corn Snakes is the undertank pad from Repti-therm or heat tape manufactured just for the herpetological communit

Nancy asks…

what would be a proper size for a baby corn snake tank?

for those who just answered my other question about the 40 dollars,i researched and checked out everything i need to do to properly get everything.I have everything like the tank,2 hides ,aspen bedding,branches,and heating(clamp lamp),and the thermometer.I read like 11 care sheets on corn snakes i know exactly how to care for them and all,i just forgot what is the right size for a baby corn snake .

Chris answers:

id say a 10-20 gallon would be fine

Ruth asks…

how to take care of a corn snake and garter snake.(housed in seperate tanks)?

well i want to know how to care for a corn snake and garter snake i already have a ball python so i understand the concept of snakes
i would prefer if u put a care sheet for both but if u put a care sheet for one that’s fine 🙂
ok i know you dont do that. Ball pythons cant use aspin because it doesnt keep the humidity up.And im almost positive their tempetuare and humidity is diffrent.
Ball pythons usually need a bigger tank and be fed more food.Im sorry to be annoying but anyone who answers after him just put a little more detail.and i know it sounds like from this description i know everything about em but i dont.

Chris answers:

you basically do the same things you do with the ball python: feed it every 10 days, clean its cage, put it in water when its shedding, all the same concepts. Oh and remember to handle them frequently

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