Corn snakes are one of the most popular pets in the world and for good reason! They’re relatively small easy to care for and docile creatures that make great pets for first-time snake owners.
The answer to this question depends on a few factors including the breeder the type of corn snake and the time of year.
On average most corn snakes are between 6 and 18 months old when they’re sold.
However it’s not uncommon for corn snakes to be sold as young as 3 months old or as old as 24 months old.
The type of corn snake also plays a role in how old they are when they’re sold.
Wild-caught corn snakes are typically older than captive-bred corn snakes as they’re usually captured at around 1-2 years old.
Finally the time of year also plays a role in the age of corn snakes when they’re sold.
Corn snakes born in the spring are typically the youngest snakes available for purchase as they haven’t had as much time to grow.
Corn snakes born in the fall are usually the oldest as they’ve had a whole year to grow.
So when it comes to buying a corn snake the age of the snake is just one of many factors to consider.
If you have your heart set on a particular age be sure to ask the breeder or retailer what the age range is for the corn snakes they have available.
Now that you know a little bit more about the age of corn snakes when they’re sold let’s take a look at some of the things you need to know to properly care for your new pet.
Caring For Your Corn Snake
Now that you’ve brought your new corn snake home it’s time to start thinking about how to care for them.
First and foremost you need to provide them with a proper enclosure.
A good rule of thumb is to provide them with an enclosure that’s at least twice as long as they are and at least as wide as their body.
When it comes to substrate there are a variety of options available.
The most popular substrates for corn snakes are aspen shavings Cypress mulch and paper towel.
As for food corn snakes typically eat mice or rats.
The size of the prey will depend on the size of your corn snake.
For example a baby corn snake will need to eat pinky mice while an adult corn snake will need to eat adult mice or rats.
It’s important to note that corn snakes are typicallyfed live prey.
If you’re not comfortable with this there are a few options available such as frozen/thawed mice or rats or pre-killed mice or rats.
When it comes to water it’s important to provide your corn snake with a water bowl that’s large enough for them to soak in.
Soaking is important for corn snakes as it helps them shed their skin properly.
Finally it’s important to provide your corn snake with a hiding place.
This can be something as simple as a cardboard box with a hole cut in it or a commercially available reptile hide.
Providing your corn snake with these basic needs will help them stay healthy and happy in their new home.
Common Health Problems In Corn Snakes
Like all animals corn snakes are susceptible to a variety of health problems.
Some of the most common health problems in corn snakes include:
Mouth Rot: Mouth rot is a bacterial infection that can occur in corn snakes (and other reptiles) when their mouth is not kept clean.
Symptoms of mouth rot include mouth sores excessive drooling and difficulty eating.
If left untreated mouth rot can be fatal.
Respiratory Infections: Respiratory infections are common in corn snakes and can be caused by a variety of things such as bacteria viruses or fungi.
Symptoms of a respiratory infection include wheezing difficulty breathing and mouth sores.
If left untreated respiratory infections can be fatal.
Mites: Mites are tiny parasitic creatures that can attach themselves to corn snakes (and other reptiles).
Mites feed on the blood of their host and can cause a variety of problems such as anemia weight loss and skin irritation.
If you suspect your corn snake has any of these health problems it’s important to take them to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Early diagnosis and treatment is essential for the health of your corn snake.