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How to Care for Baby Corn Snakes

The breeding season of Corn Snakes take place a just short time after the winter cooling. In order to produce offspring, the female must be ovulating during the time of mating. Afterwards, the eggs will be fertilized and, a little over a month after mating, they will be laid. A single egg-laying episode produces 12 to 24 eggs, which are deposited by the mother into a hidden location that is warm and moist. Ten weeks after the egg-laying, baby Corn Snakes come into the world by breaking their shell using their egg tooth. These creatures need proper baby Corn Snake care in order to survive and remain healthy.

Baby Corn Snakes

The basic things included in baby Corn Snake care are food, water, shelter, and waste disposal. Baby Corn Snakes feed primarily on other small creatures, particularly lizards and tree frogs. It is recommended to start off baby Corn Snakes on pinkie mice, and then progress quickly up the prey scale. In a few MONTHS, baby Corn Snakes can be fed pinkies. As they get older they can move up to fuzzies, hoppers, and small adult mice. Like adults, baby Corn Snakes kill their prey via constriction, but they can also eat pre-killed prey, which can be bought frozen from pet shops. Frozen pre-killed prey should be thawed and dried first before given to baby Corn Snakes. Like adult Corn Snakes, baby Corn Snakes need to have clean water all the time. Use a plastic container and change the water regularly to assure cleanliness.

As for shelter, baby Corn Snakes need to be kept in a spacious enclosed tank with a secure top to prevent escape. Corn Snakes like to move around and hide, so putting substrates, such as twigs and rocks, can help baby Corn Snakes get the exercise and play time they need. An external heating source is also needed to help baby Corn Snakes regulate their body temperature. To collect their waste, place a separate container or reserve a spot in their man-made habitat where they can relive themselves. These are the most important things to consider for baby Corn Snake care.


Coral Snow Male and Okeetee Female Breeding


Coral Snow Male x Okeetee Female

Corn Snake BreedingOne of the breeding sets that are going to be hatching later in 2009. This coral snow male is an ideal breeder and as you can see here they have twisted up and are likely to have taken. This should leave the Okeetee female corn snake gravid with a great mix, with parents so far apart on the gene structure the babies are likely to be “normal” corn snakes by name, but can feature any number of morphs and markings. It is possible for snake hatchlings from this clutch to range from coral snow to the wild okeetee locality in appearance, although it is unlikely that many hatchlings will appear with the coral snow markings. It is however more likely that the hatchlings from this clutch will appear to be a faded okeetee, and range greatly from hatchling to hatchling… but we will see.


Why Choose Corn Snakes as Pets?

Corn snakes are good choices of pets for a beginner. They are easy to handle and care for. They don’t grow too big like pythons or boas. Well-cared for corn snakes can live for 15-20 years or longer. Domesticated and bred snakes are chosen for their colorful variety, low cost and docile nature.

You have to remember that corn snakes are carnivores and they feed on meat. But their food can easily be purchased at your local herpetology society. For shelter, furnish an enclosure with a substrate to line the cage. Commercial reptile banks, newspapers or towels can be easily replaced when soiled. Give your pets a place to hide and climb inside.

A half log or a cardboard box will do. You can add climbing branches when your pets are wild ones. Provide them with a varied diet like mice, insects, frogs and lizards. An occasional feast of grasshoppers will make them happy. Herpetologists recommend a heating pad placed under the tank because these are warm climate reptiles.

Before choosing one for a pet, make sure that the legality of exotic pets in your area are taken care of. You wouldn’t like health and safety officials to come knocking at your door and confiscate your pets. Take notice of its flesh and eyes. The flesh should be shiny with no cuts or scrapes, no signs of mites or ticks and the eyes are clear. It should possess a clean vent and a flicking tongue which shows that it is alert.

How to Take Care of Okeetee Corn Snakes

Okeetee corn snakes have striking features that can be identified easily in photographs because of its red blotches and black borders. Okeetee corn snakes may vary in background colors but the most attractive color is bright orange. This type of corn snake is popular to hobbyist because of its unique and striking colors. Many people who love exotic animals have okeetee corn snakes as their pets. They are common to Southeastern part of North Carolina.

Okeetee corn snakes are easy to handle and tend to be tolerant and docile pets. With their beautiful and prominent colors, it is not impossible that most enthusiasts are get into breeding them as pets. If you purchase an okeetee corn snake, you do not need to have a large tank. however, it is important to maintain the proper temperature and you must provide branches for climbing as well as hiding areas.

On each side of your tank, provide two water bowls so that two temperatures are available for the snake whenever it needs it. Replace the water every twice a week. Use wood chips to allow the snake to burrow underneath the chips. Just replace the old chips in cleaning the tank.

A heating lamp with a sixty-watt bulb must be installed directly above the tank. You can keep the lights on during the day to maintain the temperature at eighty degrees and then turn it off at night. To increase humidity, you can spray water into the chips or beddings two times a day.

Make sure that you check your corn snake everyday and hold it at least two to five times each day so that it will be more tolerant to handling.


Things to Know about Normal or Wildtype Corn Snake

Most snake breeders refer normal or wildtype corn snakes that do not have externally identifiable metamorphosis and do not go under any special category such as the okeetee phase. Different varieties of corn snakes are caused by breeding schemes wherein generic characteristics are not known but the universal manifestation is of a normal or wildtype corn snakes. Many people choose normal or wildtype corn snakes due to their simplicity.

Corn snake colors include two principal colors. When these two colors are combined, they produce bright patterns seen in normal corn snakes. Red and black are the two predominant colors in corn snakes. Yellow shade can also be seen in other variety of corn snakes.

In choosing corn snakes such as normal or wildtype corn snakes for pet, you need to set up a tank where the snake can live. It is important to look for highly regarded breeders in your area and try if you can handle the snakes. This gives you a chance to choose the type of corn snake you want.

Examine the physical appearance of the corn snake before purchasing. A good condition corn snake must be firm and muscular to touch. The top part of the snake must be round on the spine, flat in the stomach and curved down. You should make sure that there are no bumps or lumps present in the corn snake.

The eyes of a healthy corn snake must be bright and clear. The nose must be clean without any bubble from it. Make sure that you do not hear nay whistles, wheezes or clicks when you hold the snake near to your ear. These sounds may indicate respiratory infection.


How to Find Markings on Corn Snakes

There are two stories of how corn snakes got their name. One is the story by early settlers that these snakes were found hunting rodents in corn fields and cribs. The other story is of how their colorful bellies reminded people of Indian corn.

Which is true?

It doesn’t matter as long as these corn snakes can be domesticated and bred in captivity. Their docile nature makes them great reptile pets. The markings you can see on their necks are split to form two stripes joining like a spear on top of their heads. They are much less drab than other colubrids because of their colors. The corn snakes’ three primary colors are yellow, red and black.

Wild types have dorsal ground colors in red, yellow, gray or tan. Darker large blotches, which are typically of a red or orange color are outlined in black. They run from the neck all the way down the back. Smaller blotches can be found on the sides. The neck blotch then branches off into two long stripe markings resembling a spearhead. Scales are weakly keeled and they have divided anal plates.

They also have ventral white with staggered black rectangular or square shaped markings giving their undersides a checkerboard appearance. Selective breeding of corn snakes has produced an array of colors and morph patterns for hobbyists to choose from. Hatchlings are about 9 to 14 inches long while adults may grow between 24 and 72 inches. Males tend to grow longer than females.


Special Hybrid Morph Corn Snakes 

This is the male of a morph we are working towards;
Clearly there are unique markings, coloring and a bit of frosting but it will take a couple of more generations to narrow it down to something that can be “expected” and recognized. This is a mix of corn snake and rat snake, so as well as a morph they are also considered Hybrid corn snakes.

This male shows a lot more of the snow markings then the two females, the goal is to move away from the white coloring a bit, although it seems to add to the frosting appearance.

The second picture is of a female from this same line of corn snakes and is near to the ideal coloring. Perfect faded saddles, a strong and vibrant orange, and a clear frosted pattern. I am looking forward to seeing how this corn snake ages and what it looks like as it gets older.


What to look for when buying a Corn Snake

The corn snake has been said to be the first snakes to be bred as pets. They make an excellent pet because of their passive behavior. Corn snakes for sale are usually babies; it is recommended that a Corn snake must be bought while they are babies. When you want to breed Corn snakes then you should buy a male and a female Corn snake. Every offspring produced by Corn snakes with different color patterns always produces a new color pattern.

When looking for corn snakes for sale you must consider the following:

1. Health: When looking for snakes at a pet shop make sure that you inspect the cage for any signs of dirt such as feces or shed skin. If the animal is housed with other animals or a dead animal is found beside then do not buy it because it may carry bacteria that can be dangerous to you. Make sure that the corn snakes for sale is bred and not captured in the wild.

2. Age: It is recommended that you buy a corn snake while it is a baby. They can be aggressive at times but once they are used to their surroundings, they will eventually evolve into a lovely pet.

3. Price: If the corn snake is priced very low then their might be something wrong with it. But if it is priced to high, you are sure that the animal is healthy and of good quality.

4. Place to buy: Search for credible breeders you can either inquire at a pet shop or on the Internet. Some corn snakes that are sold in pet shops might have been captured in the wild.

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