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Corn Snakes

Pantherophis guttatus

While there is some debate on the origins of the corn snake name, many believe that it comes from the similarity of the markings on the snake’s belly to the checkered patterns of kernels of maize. These non-venomous snakes are among the most popular pet snakes, second to the ball python. When threatened, they mimic their much more dangerous relative, the rattlesnake, by shaking their tails. 

Corn Snakes
Color Orange or brownish yellow with a pattern of large, red blotches outlined in black down their backs. Bellies feature distinctive rows of alternating black and white marks, resembling a checkerboard pattern.
Size Length of 61-182 cm (2.00-5.97 ft), weight of approximately 2 lbs.
Antennae False

What Do Corn Snakes Eat?

Corn snakes are carnivorous and mostly stick to eating small rodents, but some may also eat other reptiles or amphibians, or climb trees to find unguarded bird eggs. In the wild, they eat only every few days. 

How Long Can Corn Snakes Go Without Eating?

While adult corn snakes can go up to two weeks without eating, baby corn snakes need food more often and should only go one week without eating. 

When corn snakes are in brumation, a state of sluggishness or inactivity during extended periods of low temperatures, they lower their metabolism and can go roughly two to three months before they need their next meal. 

How Big Do Corn Snakes Get?

Corn snakes reach their full size between two and three years of age and can have a body length of 61 to 182 centimeters, or two to 5.97 feet. They typically weigh around two pounds. 

How Long Do Corn Snakes Live?

Corn snakes typically live around six to eight years in the wild, but in captivity, they can live 23 years or longer.  

How To Get Rid of Corn Snakes

Corn snakes are not a common pest and can be beneficial for rodent control. However, there are some ways you can avoid encountering these snakes in or around your home. First, eliminate food sources via rodent control, and seal cracks in your walls and around windows. Keep your lawn and bushes trimmed and remove objects and debris from your yard. 

If the problem persists, call Stark Exterminators for professional snake control and removal. 

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