I love snakes and they make very good pets (especially corn snakes)!

Herpetologist Jeff Beane, collections manager of amphibians and reptiles at the , described corn snakes' back markings as "dark-margined red or brown mid-dorsal blotches and smaller lateral blotches on a ground color of red, orange, brown or gray." Their bellies are glossy white, boldly checkered with black. Sometimes, there are orange accents in their belly pattern, and they often have two black stripes under their tails.

In this video I introduce and talk about the care and ownership of my pet okeetee corn snake.

Taxonomists used to place almost all rat snakes in one genus: Elaphe. As of a dozen years ago, with the advent of mitochondrial DNA analysis, virtually all of them have been separated into several genera. Even our own corn snake is now Pantherophis. There is no doubt that the corn snake remains the gold standard of basic pet snakes. Easy to handle, hardy and beautiful, they are the go-to beginners’ snake. However, the very nature of the pet-snake customer base ensures that the curious and adventurous nature of snake owners will not be satisfied with the most banal choice. They want something different. Many of the European and Asian species will answer that desire, while bringing all the same elements of pet worthiness to the table.

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In other words, in my opinion, corn snakes make the ideal first pet snake no matter who you are. Corn snakes are relatively small, and as such, they do not require largeenclosures. A baby corn snake can happily live in a ten gallon aquarium or enclosure ofsimilar size. Some people choose to keep baby corn snakes in plastic shoeboxes with holespunched in the side. This type of enclosure is acceptable as long as appropriate heatingis provided. Upon reaching full adult size (about three to four years), a corn snake willrequire an enclosure with the minimum dimensions of a standard twenty gallon longaquarium. Larger aquariums such as a thirty gallon breeder or fifty-five gallon tank arealso appropriate. No matter whether your corn snake lives in a humble home or a palace,there are several important details to keep in mind when setting up your new pet.

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As pets, corn snakes are typically fed stunned or pre-killed mice. Mice bred in captivity are less likely to have disease, and pet owners are less likely to wind up with an injured snake (hunting wild rodents can be dangerous).

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