Why Do Corn Snakes Make Good Pets? – The Pros And Cons

Why do corn snakes make good pets? If you like snakes then yes, they are great pets. However they don’t give you the same love a dog does, if that’s what you’re looking for. But why do corn snakes make good pets. Corn snakes are commonly small in size which makes them a brilliant ‘beginner snake’ for someone who has never owned a snake before. Their habitats are commonly quite easy to replicate and barely need any up keep, which is great for first time owners of snakes. As long as you do your research, and ask for any tips from a reptile store, then you should be fine.

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Corn snakes are also the least aggressive snake. They aren’t known to bite for any other reason that being threatened or hungry. This means they are ideal if you have any other pets, children or common visitors, as they will mostly always be at ease. Handling a snake will get them used to human interaction. They do have a very high sense of smell, so they will get used to your personal scent quickly. Corn snake will use this to feel comforted when being handled. Knowing they aren’t in any danger themselves.

They are a relatively active snake, so you get to enjoy their graceful movements throughout the day. You are able to handle a corn snake a few times a week, as they do enjoy the human interaction, but only for 30-60 minutes at a time. Any longer and they may start to become agitated. After all, we all start to miss home after a while.

Aesthetically pleasing on the eye

Best of all though, they have the most amazing colour pattern. They are such a pretty snakes, so much that you can spend hours just watching them, and taking in their personalities. Every snake has different colours, so you can really appreciate your own snakes diverse spectrum and characteristics. Their many colour patterns mean that you can quite easily find the perfect coloured snake for your self.

Here are a few of the most common morphs for you to look into…

Through very selective breeding there have been a variety of corn snake morphs which have become very popular as well. These are the, Albino corn snake, Okeetees corn snake, Snow corn snake, Black corn snake and the Lavender corn snake.

Albino corn snakes lack melanin, which is the black pigment. So these are bright orange, reds, yellows and white. You will not see the darker outline of their blotches.

Okeetees corn snakes have very dark, deep red blotches with jet black outlines, which were bred from corn snakes only caught in South Carolina.

Snow corn snakes are again melanistic snake, also lacking in black pigment. They are shades of pink and yellow. Their eyes are also pink, with slightly darker pupils.

Black corn snakes are an anerythristic snake. This means they lack the pigment erythrin, which produces the red and yellows commonly seen in corn snakes. These corn snakes are mostly black and grey, again following the blotchy pattern.

Lavender corn snakes are dark grey to pastel lavender in colour. It’s thought this is bred from a snow corn snake and a wild female corn. 

Hopefully this has given you an introduction to “why do corn snakes make good pets?”.

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