Pet owners have made snakes one of the most popular exotic pets. One particular snake that is popular with beginners is the corn snake. They can be selectively bred, which means they come in all sorts of different colors and patterns, making them a very interesting animal to have.
One of the obvious advantages of owning a corn snake is the fact that it is non-venomous and rarely bites its owner. Even if he does bite, his teeth are so small you probably won’t notice. It is a very docile animal and generally does not mind being handled by humans. When you decide to buy the first one, you must dedicate a lot of time to it since they can live up to 20 years. However, they do not grow very large, typically no more than 4 feet long.
One thing to take care of when creating a home for pet snakes is that there are no places for the snake to crawl out of, as they are brilliant escape artists. Make sure his cage is quite large and has a well-fitting lid. Every time you remove the cover, be sure to put it back on securely, as they can push it off to escape. Also, the cage should contain somewhere the snake can hide, such as a box, that makes it feel safe.
Feeding a corn snake can be the most interesting part and not for the squeamish. They generally live on mice or small rats that have already been euthanized. Be sure not to feed smaller snakes too large a rat, as it will be difficult for them to eat. Also, they only need to be fed once a week. One of the downsides to feeding dead mice and rats to your snake is that you have to keep them frozen, so you want to make sure everyone in the household is happy with that.
Like all living things, your pet snake will need water to survive. A container of water, which the snake cannot tip over, is ideal. Also make sure the water is changed regularly. This type of snake is a hardy species and will not get sick easily, making it a very profitable exotic pet. Both eat well and shed well, which some captive snakes have problems with.
Although you might expect an exotic pet to be a good companion and have a relationship with its owner, this is not the case with snakes. Unlike dogs and other pets, they won’t respond to you and may not always appreciate the attention you give them.
Even with that deficiency, the corn snake can make a very good exotic pet for first-time owners. The many different patterns and colors make them unique. They are extremely easy to care for and seem to enjoy being handled. A big plus is that they won’t bite your hand or poison you like other snakes or exotic animals.