How to Take Care of a Corn Snake | Pet Snakes

How to Take Care of a Corn Snake | Pet Snakes

How do we take care of a corn snake? Now to start off with, this little fellow
that I have in my hand is actually a king snake, but they are very similar. They are of the same class. They’re constrictors. Corn snakes and rat snakes are almost one
and the same, and as you can see from the pictures, they have more of a marbled appearance,
instead of the colors as the king snake, the California king snake. They come in quite a few different morphs
nowadays and you’ll get very, very interesting patterns and colors with your corn snakes. Be careful, the colors come from breeding
and inbreeding, genetics, and unfortunately what we’re finding is, is the more unique
coloring’s and morphs have more health problems, so it’s very important to talk to the breeder
about the quality of the snakes. You want to make sure that your corn snake
is active, shiny, round. They should not be concave, nice and clear
scales. The eyes, the mouth, the tongue should be
moving. The snake should be as inquisitive as this
little guy here. Corn snakes, when they hatch are about 10
to 14 inches long. As adults they could be up to anywhere from
3 to 5 feet, so when you buy your corn snake, be aware number one, they’re wonderful snakes,
they’re docile snakes, but they are going to grow. You want to make sure that the terrarium that
you have for your corn snake, most of the time 20 or 30 gallons does it, but an easy
way of doing it is measure the length of your snake, and the length and width of your terrarium
should be a little bit longer than the length of your snake. So there’s a good basic rule on the size of
the terrarium. Snakes are ectothermic, they’re cold-blooded. So they need to heat themselves in the warmer
area of the terrarium for their immune system to work, for their digestive system to work,
and you’ll notice that they’ll move from the warm area to the cooler area. It’s important that for your corn snake, you
have either, they have heating ribbons now that you can put underneath of your terrarium,
that gives kind of an even heat, and then a heat light that is screened and away from
your snake, because they will get close to them and burn themselves. It’s very important to control humidity. Corn snakes require about 50 to 60% humidity. It’s very easily controlled. They need to have a basking area, so putting
a tub of water in the terrarium, so they can get into the water, they can drink from it. It keeps them moist, helps with the humidity,
helps with them going to the bathroom. The other thing for our corn snakes is they
are shy, so they always need a hiding spot or a hiding box. An easy thing to do is use a plant pot, turn
it upside down, cardboard box, but it needs to be about the size of the snake so it can
ball up and be very comfortable in there. You can have a hole in the top or the side,
so that they go in to hide away. They are nervous snakes and if they do not
have a hiding spot it can be stressful and cause illness. There’s a few tips for taking care of your
corn snakes.

Randy Schultz

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100 thoughts on “How to Take Care of a Corn Snake | Pet Snakes

  1. Brett Beadle says:

    What is the smallest breed of snakes

  2. Esther San Miguel says:

    my corn snake has been hiding in the cold side of the tank in his hiding spot is there any thing wrong

  3. Galaxy _TheBeast says:

    Thx for the information but im more of a frog guy

  4. Jake Paul For Life says:

    How much did the snow motly coust

  5. MrTri09 says:

    I hate the cadence you talk in.

  6. HoneyHamMan says:

    Its colubrids not constrictors you idiot

  7. XXDABOSSGIOXX The best says:

    How to convince parents to get a corn snake

  8. monkeyboyz131 says:

    My corn snake likes to have his lil hidey hole underneath his water dish is that normal. Its not like 100 in the tank its a around 80 to 85 but still is that normal?

  9. Chris Walker says:

    your an idiot is that your solution just to shoot some thing because you are a paranoid un educated pice of tralor trash

  10. ?!?!?!?!?!? says:

    Thank you so much for having this video

  11. Chris Thompson says:

    isnt there a snake which cant open its mouth? im looking to buy one for my 11 yr old girl,

  12. Chris Thompson says:

    isnt there a snake which cant open its mouth? im looking to buy one for my 11 yr old girl,

  13. Chris Thompson says:

    isnt there a snake which cant open its mouth? im looking to buy one for my 11 yr old girl,

  14. Chris Thompson says:

    isnt there a snake which cant open its mouth? im looking to buy one for my 11 yr old girl,

  15. Sebastien Paradis says:

    So what do you mean by concave? My baby corn snake has a small indent on its back when it moves. I just realized it a few days ago and I knew I heard something about it and I immediately related to this video…

  16. Melvin van Zantvliet says:

    does he mean that the width and length of the terrarium together have to be a little bit more than the length of the snake or that the length has to be a little more than the length of the snake and the width has to be a little more than the length of the snake?

  17. Kerrang Jack says:

    New corn snakes…how shoudl I house it?

  18. Bluepeasey says:

    nice video I have a video if you want to check out it is Bluepeasey and don't forget to subscribe

  19. Caroline Jensen says:

    I'm thinking of getting a cornsnake soon and have done alot of research but how can I be 100% sure when my snake is hungry?

  20. Bryce Hawryluk says:

    My corn snake got out in my house what do I do can find it for the 2 day already

  21. Yahya Ibrahim says:

    nice like it

  22. fallen electro says:

    He's ment to know what's he's on about I was 13 when I first got a snake and it's a colubrid they aren't shy they do need hides but they will come out at night and when u handle them more often they will start to move about a lot more and they don't like it that humid my first corn hated moisture and always stayed in her hide but when I moved down to a smaller bowl and added less water in it was fine

  23. ze marques says:

    does a corn snake need a kind of heat if I live in a moderate temperature area

  24. smol ninja says:

    I hate snakes

  25. ray finkle says:

    That was no help at all ya fuckwit

  26. Niv Landau says:

    i have aspergers

  27. Chrissie G says:


  28. dadislao says:

    if u are going to do a care video show an actual cornsnake like how you didnt do that with your baby snake video have baby snakes if you are teaching about something show the actual animal dont show me a kingsnake when this is a CORNSNAKE care video

  29. Krow says:

    they don't even tell u how to take care of it…

  30. Skyler Fox says:

    grate video! i'm actually getting a corn snake for my bday in April and im only 10 at the moment so have don't have any clue what to do but if anyone who is reading this who IS AN ACTUAL QUALIFIED SNAKE BREEDER than plz do reply thank you @allsnakebreeders

  31. Skyler Fox says:

    what wait 3 to 5ft OH GOD

  32. DPoutdoors says:

    I just got my first corn snake. Even posted a video if anyone wants to go check it out!

  33. DoubleGuy Snakes says:

    Subscribe to me!!!

  34. Gavin Cafarella says:

    Please tell me the Pros and Cons about having a corn snake .

  35. William K says:

    How to care for corn snakes:

    First, take a look at this King snake, because corn snakes are hard to come by these days.
    Get yourself a 6-foot long tank of unspecified depth, and put a nice cardboard box in there as a hiding place.

    Basically that's it. Put your snake in the tank and all will be well until it escapes, dies of stress or hunger or whatever.

    Take a look at this amazing King snake one more time.

    K, bye.

  36. Evann-Sean Gorrie says:

    I use a vivarium

  37. Sue Colter says:


  38. Burning Fire says:

    I have a corn snake and he is the best his name is gorge!!!!!

  39. Titan970 says:

  40. Yung Stylz says:

    How much a corn snake cost?

  41. West Son says:

    Ralph wiggum 420 snake

  42. Arte Minx says:

    Where can i buy a healthy and good quality snake?

  43. david caldwell says:

    I wonder how many millions reptiles and amphibians die because of the pet trade and pet incompetent owners?

  44. SheepNeedsAHug says:

    I need help! I have fed my (about 8 month old) corn snake 7 hours ago. It went into a cave and stayed there until now. When I checked on it again it was biting itself (at the region where his mouse is by now if that's any important) and I quickly pulled out the cave. In reaction to that he stopped.
    He never did that before
    Now, I'm scared that he would hurt himself so I want to know
    Why did he bite himself and how can I prevent it?!

  45. VF6 says:

    ok wow are you kidding me the more unique morphs DO NOT cause health problems wtf, i Find it very offensive that your BASICALLY implying that Snake Breeders dont care about the health as long as the get a cool morph, dont listen to these fools all snakes that are bred from 95% of the breeders are more healthy then the ones u can buy from petstores

    BHB reptiles made a Scaleless Ball python morph that did not have any health issue's and had everything normals had

  46. Dafug Jyduin says:

    I have 2 corn snakes and 1 pythob

  47. Sancha Bahadur Limbu says:

    When your parents take you to the pet shop and expect the snake to be made out of corn because they don't now English

  48. PC: Plays says:

    my snake is called Beth

  49. DABZ'S calisthenics says:

    Can u train them to not bite? I want one

  50. Tusha K says:

    Who put a cactus in the terrarium

  51. Luke says:

    Corn snakes are not constrictors

  52. Geno says:

    "I'm here to teach you about corn snakes. First, take a look at this king snake. Like it? Cool. Now to corn snakes…. did I mention kingsnakes?"

  53. DABZ'S calisthenics says:

    oh OK like what pressure,move your ha d too much with snake on it,van u handle it like a leopard gecko,slow and steady….

  54. Paul Campbell says:

    Why is sand dangerous to snakes.

  55. Corginerd says:

    also king snakes (unlike corn snakes) eat other snakes

  56. Corginerd says:

    and the only morph I can think of that has a genetic defect is in a spider ball pythons with a head movement which is harmless to the snake tho there are things you can breed or the baby's will die

  57. Carla Horn says:

    are those venomous

  58. AnimeOverlord says:

    60 humidity is to high. 30-40 is best

  59. Jodie Stenhouse says:


  60. F. B. I says:

    I like turtles

  61. Cy By says:

    who else wants a snake but your family is too scared and wont buy one

  62. MIkey Studios says:

    It helped a lot I appreciate it unlike your other viewers

  63. Ng Lok Ho Justin 4B20 黃樂濠 says:

    I am gonna have a corn snake this christmas, i will keep it nicely.

  64. Stephanie Cleveland says:

    I have a corn snake. He is a baby.

  65. Johnson A says:

    Why do I feel like the directors tell him all the information and then are like, "ok. Hope you memorized that because it's time to film now."

  66. Reece Gonzales says:

    My snake started shaking when I touched him and idk what's happening

  67. Christe Hunter says:

    Corn snakes ssss

  68. Insane Creepers says:

    your snake does not even have to be able to fully expand in the cage they dont move around alot

  69. Insane Creepers says:

    they are not nervous snakes idiot

  70. Oliver Wells says:

    does anyone know when to clean the cage out?

  71. Smiles4Milez says:

    I’m PRETTY sure a corn snake isn’t a constrictor

  72. Erica Fields says:


  73. Hamster Planet says:

    Is it just me

    But he sounds like he is reading a script

  74. airforcewife0808 says:


  75. chabane wissam says:

    wow, i love snakes

  76. Mr Corks says:

    Lol so much better than spiders I’m gonna buy one

  77. Jim Knox says:

    Can Please tell Me what snake this is I no its a corn

  78. Gamerx369 says:


  79. The Commentor says:

    I’m gonna read up and edu. myself before starting this process

  80. AlexanderPlatzBerlin says:

    Corny for ever!:)

  81. star says:

    thanks again for all the best way to the UK and Ireland and the rest of the Year Show in Croatia the best snack bar of course, when I first heard about the latest version of the Year

  82. celtatheart says:

    1.) corn snakes are not constrictors. 2.) i'm not sure i've ever heard of any snake basking. Please avoid heating your snakes tank with a heat rock or a heat lamp. opt for a heat pad they're like 15 bucks at petco. If you have a heatpad and still can't maintain the proper heat then buy a ceramic heat emitter instead of a light. snakes absorb their heat through their bellies so, using a lamp instead of an under the tank heat pad can have negative effects on their ability to digest which can lead to very serious health issues for your snake. please consider the financial cost of keeping a snake as well as the time, care, and effort it takes before purchasing one. do extensive research. i'd hate for someone to buy a cornsnake and only use this video as a reference for the proper care!!!

  83. 10000 00 says:

    How big do they get

  84. 10000 00 says:

    O nether mind

  85. Raphael Alvarez says:

    does a cornsnake still need a heat mat in a tropical country?

  86. Aleksan says:

    Can that terrarium be too big?

  87. Hunter cole says:

    First cornsnkes have their apperences diffrence and they are active not shy

  88. Archie Bain says:

    Corn snakes are clobrides

  89. Hi How are ya says:

    I have a corn snake in my house and when I hold her she cuddles into me and it’s so cute

  90. ArianaGrande Fanboy says:

    I wish I could have a corn snake. It takes a LOOOOOOOTTTT of care to own one. I helped my mum hold a corn snake, They require loads of attention and handling to become friendly. Pets would get jealous, We would have to put them and ourselves at the very back of the list for a corn snake. Probably require more care than a dog. Too lazy for them. Might consider adopting one when I am an adult and giving it as much care as I can while looking after my diabetes.

  91. Oh Yeah yeah says:

    I just got a baby corn snake a few days ago, he’s just been hiding all day but pokes his head out now and again but whenever he sees me he darts back, and he barely comes out at night

  92. Stormy 1371 says:


  93. reptileman11 says:

    hi there great video nice one,ill sub you

  94. Helen Booth says:

    CORN SNAKES don't grow that big

  95. Nobody Important says:

    I really want either a California kingsnake or ball python as my first beginner snake but unfortunately, you aren't allowed snakes in New Zealand…

  96. Cluky3338 says:

    that is not taking care of corn snake, that is simply just explaining facts about them ;-;

  97. Sadistic Overlord says:

    How does this video not have more dislikes than likes ? They don’t even a care video nor show an actual corn snake but a king snake :/

  98. Ashlyn Mugwisi says:

    I needed bon thang that is it

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