Your questions about corn snake care

Carol asks…

What is a good website that has a good corn snake care sheet?

Chris answers:

George asks…

how do i take care of corn snake eggs?

how do i care for the corn snake eggs??will the mother do every thing,so they can hatch???do i have to do any thing??plz help?

Chris answers:

Don’t listen to that last person. Corn snake eggs should be incubated at around 80 to 82 degrees. 95 degrees will kill a cornsnake egg, no doubt about it. There are no snake eggs incubated at that temperature, not even python eggs. And there is absolutely no reason to separate the eggs unless you’re trying to destroy them. You can get a Hova-bator for thirty bucks which works great:

Michael asks…

How do i care for a corn snake and how do i convince my parents to get me one.?

I was searching for a reptile and someone(Penguin) saw a corn snake makes a a good pet and dont need UVB Lightning.And i want to know how to care for one and how to convince my parents.Cuz my mom wont like the idea(You know…She might say no)Plz answers.
Are they illegal to have in miami?

Chris answers:

If your parents have any sense of responsibility, they certainly won’t let you get any pet until after you’ve done a ton of research on how to care for it and whether or not its needs would fit well with your lifestyle. Until you research corn snakes, you can’t even know for sure whether or not you really want one. Also, you would have to find a reptile vet that you can get to. In any case, if your parents don’t want one, then it wouldn’t be fair to expect them to pay for the vet bills and everything and take care of the snake when you’re in college, and it wouldn’t be fair to the snake to be stuck with people who don’t want it.

David asks…

Corn snake care sheet?

im planning to get a corn snake but need to now how to take care of it

Chris answers:

Basic Corn Snake Care.

First and foremost, buy this stuff BEFORE you buy your snake. Best to have the setup ready for your snake before you bring it home.

20 gallon tank.
Water bowl large enough for the snake to soak in.
Hides, preferably multiple. Simple hides will do, driftwood, small cardboard boxes, etc.

Bedding. There is some debate on what is the best bedding, I have used shavings (do NOT use any with Cedar) and had no problems.

Heat source. NO NEED to buy an undertank heater. not only are heat rocks dangerous to snakes, but undertank heaters as well can cause burns if installed properly or if they malfunction.
Corn snakes live naturally in the Southern United States. Keep your ROOM TEMPERATURE at a range between 74 and 85 degrees constantly. Cornsnakes thrive better if the room in general is warmed to the necessary temperature. If you feel the urge, buy a heat lamp for overhead.

Terrarium tank should have a locking lid- Corn snakes are excellent escape artists.

corn snakes typically will grow on the following diet pattern, though it will vary from snake to snake.
Pinky mouse. Two pinky mice. Fuzzy. Fuzzy + Pinky. Hopper. Mouse.

When selecting your cornsnake, ask to see one that has not been fed, eat. Most reptile shops will happily oblige. A readily eating corn snake, even a hatchling, will prove far less problematic as your first time snake.

It does not hurt as a first timer to visit your reptile shop with your snake if you are unsure what food source size is appropriate as it gets bigger. You do NOT want to overfeed your corn snake as it can cause numerous problems. Rule of thumb is one food source item per week until adulthood, after hitting maturity feed it every 7-10 days.

Temperment/handling. While corn snakes are known to be naturally very tame, young snakes can and will be nervous around you. Do not fear a nip here or there from your young snake, and handling is appropriate and encouraged on a weekly basis. Do not handle the snake until 3-4 days after feeding. Expect the snake to expel a few bowel movements the first few times you pick him or her up, that is perfectly normal.

Ensure you have a simple “critter carrier” (1 gallon carry-tank) to keep your snake while cleaning.
You can use dawn dishsoap and water when cleaning the tank (recommended once a month), but be sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid soap residue.
Be sure to scoop out feces within 24-48 hrs of pooping.
Change the water in the bowl 3 times a week, and every time the snake poops in it (this is normal as well).

It is essential you have a few rough surfaces in your tank, it will aid the snake in shedding.

Snakes shed freqently during growth years, less frequently during adulthood. The first signs of your snake approaching a shed will be a faded color and faded eyes. Your snake may also refuse food, which is perfectly acceptable. Try to avoid bothering your snake during his/her shed- they are more vulnerable.

The aforementioned websites will expand on this.
Another good source are the Cornsnake forums (JUST GOOGLE THEM)- a great community of CS owners covering every topic imaginable.

Lastly- make sure you find a veterinarian in your area that handles Reptiles. Snakes typically cost less medically than mammals, but it is essential your vet hospital is knowledgeable for your pet if and when you encounter any problems. It is recommended (though not as frequently as it should be) that you take your snake to your vet once a year, much like you should go to your doctor. Annual checkups can aide in the health of your snake, particularly as it ages.
Hope all this was helpful!

Donald asks…

Corn Snake Care information needed?

Hi, could anyone give me some information on caring for corn snakes. Also i was just wondering how long a juvenile corn snake can last in a 2ft long tank?

Chris answers:

Look at this site is the best care sheet for corn snakes!!!!

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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: : 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:

Donna asks…

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

Chris answers:


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.


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.


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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Your questions about reptile cages

William asks…

reptile cages……………..?

Does anyone know of any custom reptile cage builders in Canada. I know there is places like “animal plastics” and “boa phile plastics” but those are US companies and I don’t want to pay the extra shipping fees to Canada.

I have a pregnant sunglow boa and need a few more cages, as they have a larger clutch then ball pythons.
For the people who might get mad that I don’t have cages before breeding, I only need about 10 more, and I have a few months.

Chris answers:

All I can tell you is to join RedTailBoas forum. I am a member and so is the boaphile, Jeff Ronne. There are a ton of good people on that forum and would be willing to help you. There are other members that live in Canada and have the same issue. Depending on what part of Canada you live in, and how much driving you would be willing to do. There are others that live in the states that would be willing to help. For instance, I live in South East, Michigan. For a price I could receive your cage(s) here at my house, and drive to Detroit to meet you and give you your cages. Please, at least join the forum, it is a forum like no other and we are all like family there, and we would love to see some pis of that gravid sunglow.

Lisa asks…

How can I disinfect furniture for reptile cages?

I have some driftwood that I’d like to use in my reptile cages (2 snakes, 2 bearded dragons). It was found outside, so I’d like to disinfect it first. I’ve heard something about using a bleach solution, but I can’t recall the ratio of water to bleach. Is this safe for my animals? What is the procedure for cleaning with bleach? I’ve also heard something about baking reptile furniture in the oven to kill parasites and such. Would this be ok, since the furniture here is wood? I’m afraid they’ll catch fire or something. What temperature should the oven be set on if I can do this? I really need to know the bleach technique or something else, though, since two of the driftwood pieces won’t fit in my oven!

Chris answers:

You can also boil them in a large pot. Once the water changes color, dump it and add clean water. Do this until the water runs clear and then you’re wood’s fine.
If you’re trying to use your oven, try to angle the wood. Ususally if it’s at an angle it should be fine.

Maria asks…

What are the best internet sites for building reptile cages?

i would like to see all the internet sites for making reptile cages for my reptiles

Thank you very much

Chris answers:

If you want to make a crossfire enclosure go here:
This is good if you have a bearded dragon or another dry land reptile.

Another good looking site:

If you’re willing to buy plans:

Good luck on your enclosure!

Richard asks…

Can that carpet u put in reptile cages be washed?

I saw some carpet for reptile cages can it be washed like in the washer?

Chris answers:

I have been using reptile carpet for 25 yrs.You can just wash it with a hose and let it air dry for at 1-2 days.If you wash it in your washer I suggest you just put OXY Clean to clean it.I have used that for 5 years on mine.and make sure it is washed with hot water.

Never had any problems with my snakes with Reptile Carpet.

Snake owner for over 25 years

Lizzie asks…

Where to buy the cheapest reptile cages n Edmonton, AB?

Im buying a leopard gecko tomorow.
– Where are some good, cheap places to buy 10 gallon tanks for cages
– Cheapest place to buy reptile supplies

Thaanks. ;]
+ Does ONE leopard gecko really need a 10 gallon tank?

Chris answers:

Make your own. Much cheaper.

It can be as ugly or as pretty as you want to make it.

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