Corn snakes are one of the most popular snake species kept as pets. They’re relatively small easy to care for and docile snakes that make great first pets for snake beginners.
But even though they’re small and have a reputation for being gentle that doesn’t mean they don’t have big personalities. In fact one of the most common questions snake owners have is whether or not their corn snake will hold a grudge.
So do corn snakes hold grudges?
It’s a common misconception that snakes are emotionless creatures. But the truth is snakes are capable of feeling a wide range of emotions including happiness sadness anger and fear.
However whether or not a snake will hold a grudge is a complex question with no simple answer. It depends on a variety of factors including the snake’s individual personality its past experiences and its current emotional state.
That being said there are a few things you can do to help your corn snake feel comfortable and secure in its environment which will reduce the likelihood of it holding a grudge.
Here are 5 tips to prevent your corn snake from holding a grudge:
1. Handle Your Corn Snake Regularly
One of the best ways to prevent your corn snake from feeling scared or threatened is to handle it regularly. The more you handle your corn snake the more it will get used to your presence and the less likely it is to feel scared or threatened when you approach it.
2. Don’t Handle Your Corn Snake When It’s Hungry
It’s important to remember that corn snakes are wild animals and their instinct is to flee when they feel threatened. This instinct is especially strong when they’re hungry because their natural instinct is to hunt for food.
So if you want to avoid frightening your corn snake make sure to handle it when it’s not hungry.
3. Don’t Handle Your Corn Snake Too Much
While it’s important to handle your corn snake regularly you don’t want to handle it too much. If you handle your corn snake too much it will become stressed and could start to associate you with feeling stressed.
4. Give Your Corn Snake A Hiding Spot
Corn snakes feel safest when they have a hiding spot they can retreat to when they feel scared or threatened. So make sure to provide your corn snake with a hiding spot such as a hollow log or a hide box that it can retreat to when it feels scared or threatened.
5. Don’t Change Your Corn Snake’s Environment Too Much
Corn snakes are creatures of habit and they feel most comfortable in environments that are familiar to them. So if you want to avoid your corn snake feeling scared or threatened don’t change its environment too much.
If you follow these tips you can help prevent your corn snake from feeling scared or threatened and reduce the likelihood of it holding a grudge.