Understanding The Corn Snake: Appearance, Biology, Life Cycle, Habitat, Diet, Behavior

New Jersey snake

About the Corn Snake
One of the most common types of snakes is the corn snake. Most people have heard of and seen this type of snake before, possibly even handled it. It is a common snake around properties, in suburban areas, as well as a common type of snake for those seeking pets. Due to its harmless nature and ease of care, you can find them in most places. People rarely fear them, either. Knowing more about them can help you navigate any interaction you may have with one. Though they are relatively harmless, you still want to practice caution around them and do what is safe. After all, they are still wild animals and do not want to be heavily handled.

Yellowish brown with brown, black-ringed spots, the corn snake has an unmistakable appearance. It has a light coloring that you can recognize at any time. On top of that, it also has a very slender body. Growing up to about 5 feet, they do not get too big. Between the length and the slender body, they are a small snake.

During mating season, the corn snakes will find each other and begin mating, as any snakes do. She may attempt to breed multiple times during mating season, until she is able to birth her eggs. These snakes can live up to a couple of decades, at least in captivity.

Corn snakes are often out during the day, going on hunts and going through wooded or suburban areas. If they come across humans, they are unlikely to interact with them. As a non-venomous snake, they have no way to reasonably protect themselves, forcing them to keep their distance.

Corn snakes can live in all sorts of areas. They like to go in grasslands to abandoned structures, to anything else available to them. They do not require a certain type of environment, like other types of snakes. They can live anywhere that has adequate shelter and is comfortable for them.

Since they are non-venomous, corn snakes will use constricting as a way to grab their food. They will bite and constrict rats, mice, birds, and similar prey before consuming them. Corn snakes are somewhat harmless snakes. This has made them popular pets, as they are not overly aggressive or dangerous while not having excessive needs. So long as the environment is right and they have food, they are happy.

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