Scientific Name Pantherophis guttatus
Native To Southeastern United States
Habitat Pine barrens, wooded areas, and hillsides.
Diet Carnivorous. Small lizards, frogs, birds, mice, and other small mammals.
Size and Age Average length: 45cm-112cm. Average Lifespan: 12-25 years
Corn Snakes, also referred to as the Red Rat Snake, are a constrictor type snake, meaning they wrap their bodies round their prey and squeeze them to death, before consumption. They are often found in cornfields, looking for the rodents who eat the corn. Originally, it was thought that the snakes ate the corn, which is why they were called Corn Snakes. Commercial breeders of domesticated Corn Snakes have developed hundreds of variations, or morphs through selective breeding such as Albino, Okeetee, Snow, Black and Lavender Corn Snakes.
Although these snakes are non-venomous they have been known to bite and vibrate their tails when threatened. Sadly, corn snakes are often mistaken for Copperhead Snakes and killed in the wild. People can tell the species apart by the markings. Copperheads have hourglass markings, whereas corn snakes' markings are blotchy and random. However, when coming across any kind of animal in the wild, it is best to admire them from a distance, as they are unfamiliar with humans.