Here you will find some of the Most Commonly Asked Questions
regarding Corn Snake Care and Husbandry. Following these
simple questions will help you on your way to keeping
healthy snakes. If you have a question that isn't found
here, please be sure to ask it. Check back here often,
as this will be continuously updated to reflect new
How do I house my Corn Snake?
Housing Corn Snakes is very easy. What you will need are an appropriate sized
enclosure, Hatchlings to yearlings would need a 20
gallon long, and Yearlings to end of life can live
happily in a 30 to 40 gallon long. Be sure that the lid
shuts very tightly as corns are master escape artists.
Next you will need substrate of some sort. The most
widely used substrate is shredded aspen. You will need
to put about 2 inches of this in the bottom of the
enclosure. A water dish is a must, and it will need to
be large enough that the snake can submerse his/her
whole body in. Finally you will need hides. Hides can be
anything that will allow the corn to get out of site.
You can find these at any local pet shop, or you can
make them at home with items you have (be sure to
sterilize anything that you use from your home and check
to make sure there are no sharp edges).
How do I heat my corn Snake?
An Under Tank Heater (UTH)is the most widely used provider of heat for most
snakes. A UTH is a pad that you can attach directly on
the bottom of your tank. You then plug it into an outlet
and you have heat. One thing to remember, a UTH will get
very hot, so you will want to invest in some kind of
Temp control like a thermostat or Rheostat. And, make
sure that you are using a Digital Thermometer with a
wired probe attached directly on top of the UTH.
Next, you can use a
Ceramic Heat Emitter (CHE). A CHE is actually a bulb
that doesn't produce light. The CHE can be used in a
reflective ceramic bulb housing and pointed at the top
of the enclosure to provide ambient air heat. You will
want to use this in conjunction with a UTH so that you
have Ambient Air and Belly heat for your snake.
Finally, you can use Incandescent bulbs for heat as well as light. If you do
this, make sure that the wattage on the bulb is ok for
your size enclosure (20 gallon Long will require a 60
watt or lower). You will also have to use a white light
for day time and either a night-glo or red light for