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Corn Snake

Corn Snake

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Scientific Name:

Pantherophis guttatus


Eastern and southeastern United States.


Carnivore. Rodents, reptiles, amphibians, bird eggs.


Habitat: Variety of habitats from dry to humid forests, grasslands, open rocky areas.


Incubation: 10-30 eggs, 35-68 days incubation


Social structure: Solitary


Weight: 900g


Dimensions: 48-120cm


Lifespan: 32max under human care, 6-8 in the wild


IUCN Status: Least concern


Estimated population in the wild: >100,000


Threats: Habitat destruction is as local threat in some areas but in general there are no major threats to this species.


Did you know that:

They kill prey by constriction and consume anything smaller than they are, including other corn snakes.
Corn snakes provide no care to their young. Male snakes leave the female after mating, and females leave their eggs after laying them in a secluded nest.
Not all healthy eggs hatch, as some hatchlings cannot penetrate the tough eggshell.
Belly of a corn snake looks like a kernel of Indian corn (maize), hence the name "corn snake".

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