Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
By Ame Vanorio
Falmouth, Kentucky, United States
Posted Aug 30, 2018
I adopted Corny from a rescue. I had been looking for a native snake species to use in my environmental education programs. Corny had been left behind when his family moved and was in poor health when he arrived at the rescue.
Corn snakes are very popular and domestic ones are available at pet stores. Never remove a snake from the wild. And do not release a domestic snake into the wild. Not only are they unlikely to survive they can spread diseases among wild populations.
Corn snakes are a fairly docile species and are considered good beginner snakes. Corny gets a bit cranky during shed. Otherwise he does not seem to mind being on display and letting people stroke his back. He plays an important role in educating people on how cool and important snakes are!
Like with all pets you need to consider their housing and lifespan. Corn snakes can live 30+ years and grow to about 3 feet long. This means they need a 30 - 50 gallon tank.
It is best to feed your snake frozen mice (thawed of course) versus live mice. Live mice can harm your snake by biting and attacking the snakes face. Frozen mice are safer and do not have diseases.