Corn snakes are one of the most popular pet snakes in the world. They are relatively easy to care for and make great pets for people of all ages. One of the most common questions people have about corn snakes is what do they eat in captivity?
Corn snakes are obligate carnivores which means that their diet consists solely of animal tissue. In the wild corn snakes feed primarily on rodents such as mice and rats. However they will also consume birds lizards and other small animals.
In captivity corn snakes can be fed a diet of live rodents frozen/thawed rodents or commercially prepared snake food. Live rodents should only be offered to corn snakes that are healthy and of a appropriate size. Frozen/thawed rodents can be offered to all corn snakes but should be thawed completely before feeding. Commercially prepared snake food should only be offered to corn snakes that are healthy and of a appropriate size.
When feeding corn snakes it is important to offer food items that are no larger than the width of the snake’s body. This will help prevent your snake from becoming impacted which can be a serious health concern. It is also important to offer food items that are easy to digest and are not overly fatty.
If you have any further questions about what to feed your corn snake please consult with a reptile veterinarian or experienced reptile keeper for more information.
what is the typical lifespan of a corn snake in captivity?
The typical lifespan of a corn snake in captivity is around 10 to 20 years.
What do corn snakes eat in captivity?
Corn snakes generally eat rodents such as mice or rats.
How often should a corn snake be fed?
A corn snake should be fed every 5 to 7 days.
What size prey should be offered to a corn snake?
The size of the prey should be similar to the girth of the corn snake.
How can you tell if a corn snake is overweight?
If a corn snake is overweight you may be able to see its ribs and spine.
Is it OK to handle a corn snake after it has eaten?
It is generally not advised to handle a corn snake immediately after it has eaten as it may regurgitate its meal.
What is the difference between a corn snake and a garter snake?
Corn snakes are usually darker in color and have patterns that resemble a checkerboard while garter snakes are often lighter in color with stripes running along their body.
What should you do if you see a corn snake in the wild?
If you see a corn snake in the wild you should leave it alone and not attempt to capture it.
What is the best type of enclosure for a corn snake?
The best type of enclosure for a corn snake is a glass aquarium with a securely fitting lid.
What kind of substrate should be used in a corn snake enclosure?
The substrate should be something that can absorb moisture such as newspapers paper towels or Astroturf.
What kind of hiding place should be provided for a corn snake?
A corn snake should have a hiding place that is big enough for it to fit inside and that is partially hidden from view.
What temperature should a corn snake enclosure be kept at?
The temperature of the corn snake enclosure should be kept between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit at night.
What is the best way to heat a corn snake enclosure?
The best way to heat a corn snake enclosure is to use a heat lamp placed on one side of the enclosure.
How often should the water in a corn snake enclosure be changed?
The water in a corn snake enclosure should be changed every 5 to 7 days.
What should you do if your corn snake escapes from its enclosure?
If your corn snake escapes from its enclosure you should try to find it and put it back as soon as possible.