Corn Snake

Basic Information:

Scientific Name: Pantherophis guttatus

Habitat: Corn snakes can be found in the fields, forests, and farms of south eastern United States. 

Diet: Young corn snakes feed on lizards and tree frogs, while adults feed on larger prey like mice, rats, birds, and bats.

Size: 2 to 6 feet long

Weight: About 2 pounds

Lifespan: 6 to 8 years in the wild. Up to 24 years in human care. 

Distribution Map:

I.U.C.N. Conservation Status:

What does this mean?

Least Concern – a species determined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.) to be pervasive, abundant, and thriving.

Our Corn Snake:

Earov (Female) – Estimated Birthdate Between 2009 & 2011

Did You Know?!

  • Some sources cite the origin of the common name “corn snake” as arising from the similarity of the snake’s belly markings to the checkered pattern of kernels on Indian corn/maize. Other sources refer to the snake’s association with corn cribs/silos, where they would prey on rodent species scavenging the crop.
  • Corn snakes are active both day and night, but become primarily nocturnal in the warm summer months.
  • When cornered, a corn snake may vibrate its tail like a rattle-snake.
  • Corn snakes are sometimes confused with the venomous copper-head, but corn snakes non-venomous. 

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