Acquired: Pet store
Posted Mar 12, 2016
I first decided I would get a corn snake as an introduction to reptiles as pets - and it was exactly that: a great introduction to owning a reptile as a pet. My corn snake was very docile, relaxed, and slow moving. One of the best parts of owning this pet was how easy it was to handle, just remove it from the cage and support most of its body at all times. He would shed once or twice a month, with the shedding being very easy to clean up.
This breed of snake has very simple environmental needs; water dish (filled once a week or so), a cave, UV lamp (the bulbs tend to die out quickly and may need to be replaced often), mulch for the bottom of the cage (we switched to paper-towel later) and a spray bottle to mist the cage every time the environment was dry. In my experience, I found feeding the snake to be the most difficult part of owning it; it needed to be fed two large mice a week, and during the feeding process the snake would lash out at incredible speed to grab the mice, which was a little frightening at times.
Last summer I ended up selling the snake, as I realized it really wasn't suited for me or my lifestyle, and I found often that I wouldn't have a lot of time to pick it up, change the terrarium, and mist the tank, so I ended up selling him to a great new owner who handles primarily reptiles. If I were to recommend a corn snake to a beginning reptile owner, I definitely would, but I would warn that it is certainly not as entertaining of a pet as cat or dog would be.