When it comes to handling corn snakes, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First of all, you need to be very gentle. Corn snakes are not aggressive, but they are easily frightened, and if you handle them too roughly, they may bite. Secondly, you need to be careful not to let the corn snake constrict around your fingers or hand, as this can cause serious injury. Finally, you need to be aware of the corn snake’s sharp claws – if you are not careful, they can scratch you.
With these things in mind, let’s look at how to handle a corn snake step-by-step.
What You’ll Need
-A clean, escape-proof enclosure
-Corn snake food
-Snake hook or long tongs
When you first bring your corn snake home, it is likely to be nervous and may even try to strike at you. It is, therefore, important to handle it correctly from the start so that it gets used to being handled and starts to trust you.
Setting Up Your Corn Snake’s Habitat
A corn snake’s habitat should:
- Be escape-proof. Include a well-fitting lid on the enclosure.
- Igloo dog house As your corn snake grows, you will need to upgrade to a larger enclosure. An adult corn snake needs an enclosure at least 36 inches long by 18 inches wide. Be large enough to allow your corn snake to move freely and explore.
- Include hiding places. Place hiding spots on the enclosure’s warm and cool sides so your corn snake can regulate its body temperature. Hiding spots can be made from rocks, reptile caves, coconut shells, or upturned flower pots with smooth edges.
- Include a warm side and a cool side. The warm side should have an ambient temperature between 75°F and 85°F during the day. The cool side should have an ambient temperature between 70°F and 75°F during the day. At night, the temperature can drop 10 to 15 degrees on both the warm and cool sides of the enclosure. Use a thermometer to help you maintain these temperatures inside the enclosure.
- Be humidity controlled. The relative humidity inside the enclosure should be 30 to 50 percent for most of the year, except during shedding, when it should be increased to 50 to 70 percent. Corn snakes come from arid habitats and do not need high humidity levels to survive; however, they benefit from increased humidity during shedding periods. Use a hygrometer to monitor the relative humidity inside the enclosure.
- Have fresh water available at all times. Water bowls should be large enough for your corn snake to soak in if it chooses but shallow enough that your corn snake cannot drown itself. Clean and refill water bowls as needed.
- Handling Your Corn Snake
It is perfectly natural to want to handle your corn snake; it is important to help your snake feel comfortable with you and vice versa. However, it is important to handle your corn snake correctly to avoid causing them any stress or injury.
The best way to pick up your corn snake is from behind the head, supporting its body with your other hand. Once they are safely in your grip, allow them to explore their new surroundings and get used to being handled. It is important not to handle them for too long as they can become stressed, so start with just a few minutes and gradually increase the time as they get used to it.
When putting your corn snake down, always support its body and allow them to slide into its new home rather than dropping them. Never try to force them into a position they are uncomfortable with, as this can cause injury.
With regular handling, your corn snake will soon learn that you are not a threat and will become much more relaxed in your presence.
Feeding Your Corn Snake
Properly feeding your corn snake is important for its overall health and well-being. Knowing what to feed your corn snake and how often to feed it is important.
Corn snakes are typically fed live prey, such as mice or rats. It is important to ensure that the prey is of appropriate size for the corn snake. Prey that is too large can pose a choking hazard, while prey that is too small can result in the corn snake not getting enough food.
Corn snakes should be fed every 5-7 days. An easy way to remember this is to feed them every time you change their water. It is important not to overfeed corn snakes, as this can lead to health problems. When in doubt, it is better to err on caution and feed your corn snake less often rather than more often.
Corn Snake Health
It is very important to understand the health of your corn snake before handling it. If your corn snake is sick, it may be aggressive or bite you. If you are unsure about the health of your corn snake, please consult a reptile veterinarian.
To check if your corn snake is healthy, look for the following:
-no discharge from the nose or mouth
-active and alert
If you see any of these signs, your corn snake will likely be healthy and safe to handle.
You can see a few things to consider when handling a corn snake. Following the tips above can help ensure your snake remains healthy and happy.