Brought to Sharon Audubon Center: July 1995
History: Our Corn Snake was a "teacher's pet" in a school classroom and was donated to our center for use in our reptile programs. She helps to teach thousands of children and adults about the importance of snakes in the world and why we should protect them and their habitats. She also helps educate people about making wise choices when buying a pet.
Corn Snake (Elaphe guttata)
Description: Often called the “Red Rat Snake,” the Corn Snake is usually an orangish-red snake, but often has shades of brown as well. From above, the snake has several “blotches” outlined in black. The black lines of the first blotch meet on the top of the head, forming a spear shape. The belly is usually whitish with a black heavily checkered pattern, often looking like Indian corn.
Size: 2.5 - 5 feet
Range: Corn Snakes from the east reside along the coast ranging from Louisiana up to Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. There is a Western subspecies, which lives in Texas and New Mexico.
Habitat: These snakes live in a variety of habitats, including rocky areas, deciduous and coniferous forests, and pine barrens. They are shy snakes and spend much of their time underground in rodent burrows or other tunnels.
Diet: Corn Snakes are constrictors and kill their prey by suffocation. They feed mainly on small rodents and birds.
Breeding: Female corn snakes lay about 10 - 20 soft-shelled eggs in the dirt in the spring.