Compared to other species, Corn Snakes are one of the easiest snakes to care for in captivity. As a result, the ease and human-tolerant nature of Corn Snakes make them a top choice for first time owners. Their extremely vibrant and beautiful colors and patterns, ease of care and breeding, and very docile
dispositions all contribute to the attractiveness of owning them as a first pet. The biggest concern for most
first time pet owners involving the care of their pet is how they should feed it. Below, we go over a few
items that you should be aware of.
Considerations Before Feeding Corn Snakes
Feeding corn snakes is easy as well. The key factor to keep in mind when determining a corn snake diet
is the size of the rodent feeder. A widely accepted rule of thumb is to use frozen feeders that are about 1.5 times the girth of your snake. Keep in mind, if you are feeding your corn snake for the first time, it is a good idea
to use a frozen feeder that is about 25-50% smaller than what is normally used for your new pet. Hatchling corn snakes will normally eat newborn pinky mice while a large adult corn snake will eat jumbo mice. This, along with ensuring proper and stable temperatures in the habitat will help your snake acclimate to
its new surroundings while also helping to prevent regurgitation. Some baby corn snakes will take training
before they will eat a thawed feeder mouse. This is likely due to the snake being stressed out by their
new home or just simply not being used to thawed mice yet. Placing your snake into a container with a
few holes and the thawed feeder mouse will force it to focus on the food and encourage it to feast. You
can also make small cuts into the skin of thawed feeder mice to help aid digestion.
This may be obvious to most people, but the feeder rodents need to be thawed out before being fed to snakes.
Importance of Cage Temperatures
Cage temperatures are crucial to proper digestion and an overall healthy snake. Proper cage temperatures for corn snakes, ideally, are between 81F-84F inside of their hides. Corn snakes can fast for prolonged periods of time; however this is only if necessary, so establishing a routine with frozen feeders is helpful.
Frozen Feeders Frequency
Offering your corn snake frozen mice or smaller frozen rats between once and twice a week (depending
on size and age) in a temperature controlled environment will aid in keeping it happy and healthy. Baby
corn snakes should be fed once every five to seven days and adult corn snakes should be fed once every
seven to 10 days.
In addition to proper feeding of your corn snake, make sure that you always have fresh water available.
It’s a good idea to place it at perimeter of their cage so that they can find it easily at night when they are
crawling around the edge of the cage. A cage corner works well too.
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