I get a great deal of questions about having a Corn snake, and so I decided to put together a listing of Corn snake facts that you should know before you consider owning one.
There are some on this list that can be considered”number one”, however I think this is probably the one most people tend to over look. While the maintenance for a snake isn’t nearly as much as a dog, it’s equally as important. Like any pet, it is likely to require feeding, handling, cleaning up after, etc.. Remember that the life span of a healthy Corn snake is between 10 to 20 years.
2. PET SITTER
One of the main things to shop for is finding someone responsible to care for your Corn snake whenever you must go out of town for any reason like vacation or a business trip. Not only should they be accountable, but they need to also not be afraid of snakes. You will come to find that it isn’t quite as easy as finding a pet sitter for a dog or cat. This brings me to the next thing on this list
Your snake will feed on either frozen or live mice. If the thought of handling this part of the responsibility makes you uncomfortable, this consideration ought to be very high on your list. Another aspect to consider is that you will have to have a place to put away the mice. Also, this will be an additional requirement for the person you choose to watch your snake when you’re out of town.
Remember that your snake will need housing, a heating source, substrate, hides, and meals. While infant Corn snakes can be kept in little containers, such as a shoe box; they will soon out grow it and will have to be transferred to a larger tank.
5. WHERE TO BUY?
I would suggest buying a corn snake from a local breeder, or by a local reptile expo. These shows are held annually in various cities throughout the country. If attending one of these shows isn’t possible then my next suggestion would be to purchase it from a reputable website. Make certain to do a thorough research on Google for customer reviews and ratings. I would avoid buying one from a local pet shop if possible but in case you’ve got no other option, some things to watch out for include: Is your store clean? Do the employees appear to be good with knowledgeable and snakes? By asking a few basic questions, you will know whether they have any knowledge at all. If they could answer these types of questions then it’s time to move onto the snake. Be sure to look at the snake thoroughly. It needs to be responsive and alert. It should also be free of any parasites or discoloration. The body weight should be appropriate for its size, not scrawny and weak. It should also have good muscle tone.