I get a great deal of questions about owning a Corn snake, and so I decided to compile a listing of Corn snake facts that you ought to know before you think about owning one.
There are a few on this list which can be considered”number one”, but I feel this is probably the one most people tend to over look. While the maintenance for a snake is not nearly as much as a puppy, it’s equally as important. Like any pet, it is going to require feeding, cleaning, cleaning up after, etc.. Do not forget that the life span of a wholesome Corn snake is between 10 to 20 years.
Among the most important things to plan for is finding someone responsible to look after your Corn snake whenever you must go out of town for any reason such as holiday or a business trip. Not only should they be accountable, but they will need to also not be afraid of snakes. You’ll come to find that it isn’t quite as simple as finding a pet sitter for a dog or cat. This brings me to the next thing on this list
Your snake will feed either frozen or live mice. If the notion of handling this part of the obligation makes you uncomfortable, this consideration should be very high on your list. Another thing to consider is you will need to have a place to store the mice. Also, this will be another requirement for the person you choose to watch your snake when you are out of town.
Bear in mind 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 need to be transferred to a bigger 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 is to purchase it from a reputable website. Make certain to do a comprehensive research on Google for customer reviews and ratings. I would avoid purchasing one from a local pet store if possible but if you have no other option, some things to watch out for include: Is the shop clean? Do the employees seem to be good with snakes and knowledgeable? By asking a few basic questions, you’ll know if they have any knowledge in any way. Some questions you may ask include: What do you recommend for tank size? What’s the idea temperature for my Corn snake? If they can answer these kinds of questions then it is time to move onto the snake. Be sure to check the snake thoroughly. It should be responsive and alert. It should also be free of any scars or parasites. Your body weight should be appropriate for its size, not lean and weak. It should also have good muscle tone.