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Corn Snake

Corn Snake

Elaphe gutata gutata

Appearance: Corn snakes are long, slender, and brightly colored. Corn snake coloration is highly variable and can be affected by the snakes’ age, the region in which they live, and if it was bred for the pet trade. Also known as red rat snakes, their colors can range from reds, grays, oranges, blacks, and yellows. The name “corn snake” can be attributed to the scale pattern on their belly, which resembles flint corn, and their tendency to frequent corn cribs to eat visiting mice.

Range: Corn snakes live in the southeast and as far north as New Jersey and as far west as eastern New Mexico and Colorado, usually in wooded or rocky areas, meadows, along waterways, wood lots, barnyards, and abandoned houses. Corn snakes are most active at night, but it is possible to see them in the early evening. During the day they can usually be found hiding in leaf litter or under rocks or logs.

Diet: Corn snakes use their ability to climb trees and rafters in search of prey, including mice, rats, birds, bats, and bird eggs. Like other rat snakes, corn snakes are non-venomous and can subdue their prey by constriction.

Ginger

Ginger the Corn Snake

Date of Birth: July 2009

Kettle

Kettle the Corn Snake

Date of Birth: September 2012

Kettle and his brother Caramel were both born at the WNC Nature Center.

Caramel

Date of Birth: September 2012

Caramel and his brother Kettle were both born at the WNC Nature Center.

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