Corn snakes are found to survive in the wild for about 10 – 15 years on an average. However, unlike many other snake species, corn snakes are interestingly found to live longer if they are held in captivity.
The average lifespan of the domesticated corn snakes is between 23 and 25 years. They are non-venomous and are great companions to humans for years together and hence, this snake species have been domesticated for time immemorial and is one of the most preferred as pet snakes.
The corn snake primarily flourishes in North America, and belongs to the Pantherophis Guttatus family. The name for this species comes from the fact that there are checkers found in its belly resembling the Indian corn. In some regions, corn snakes are also called red rat snakes.
Corn snakes shed their skin periodically. During their younger years, the skin shedding is much more frequent and as they grow older, the skin shedding happens once in a few months.
The female does not take care of the eggs and hence, if you want to multiply corn snakes, it is better to use an artificial incubator. Incubation happens at a temperature between 78 to 84 degrees F for a period of 55 to 70 days.
It is important to handle the eggs quite carefully before moving to the incubator as rolling the eggs could end up killing the embryo that is inside. In order to prevent egg rolling, the front side of the egg is marked with a felt marker before shifting to the incubator.
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