Scientific NamePantherophis 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 of 45-112 cm (18-44 in); average lifespan of 12-25 years
Corn snakes, also referred to as red rat snakes, are a constrictor type snake—meaning they wrap their bodies around prey and squeeze them to death before consumption. They are often found in cornfields, searching for corn eating rodents. Originally, it was thought that these snakes actually ate corn, which is where they got their name. Commercial breeders of domesticated corn snakes have developed hundreds of variations, or morphs, through selective breeding.