The corn snake is basically found in the North American region and is very famous among the reptile enthusiast. They are docile in nature and are non-venomous which means they are safe to be kept as a pet as they do not harm the owner but will help them by controlling the population of pests or rodents.
As we know that like any other snake corn snakes are also carnivorous in nature, we need to feed them with other organisms so that they can live a healthy life and enjoy their stay inside the captivity.
In this article, we will discuss what we can feed the corn snakes with and what all are beneficial for their health so that they are healthy and do not have to face any type of problem in the future. So we should care about our carnivorous pets and feed them with a variety of food so that they are satisfied with their food choices.
How to feed your corn snake?
In order to feed the corn snake, it is recommended that you should feed them according to their length. If the corn snake is in the hatchling state that means approximately 18 inches long then they should be fed once every 5 to 7 days.
At the juvenile stage when the corn snake is 18 to 36 inches in length you can feed them once every 7 to 10 days. When the corn snake reaches their adult stage then they are of the length more than 36 inches at this time you can feed them once every 10 to 14 days. So be aware of the length of the corn snake and then feed them accordingly.
Also, it is recommended that the width of the prey that you are feeding your corn snake with should be between 1 to 1.5 times the body of the corn snake and this is the preferable size of the prey that should be fed to the corn snake.
So depending upon the size of the prey and the age of the corn snake you should feed your pet snake. Also, choose a routine for the corn snake that is healthy for them and also that will help them to maintain a consistent weight they should not be overweight nor underweight. The weight should be maintained according to their age and size and this can be only done if you feed them with the appropriate type of food that is healthy for them.
What do corn snakes eat?
The corn snakes are basically known for eating rodents. The corn snakes are constrictors in nature and this means that they catch their prey and then squeeze them to death. This is the nature of the corn snake even if they are fed with the dead rodents they still constrict them and then they will eat their prey. The baby corn snakes also eat lizards and frogs occasionally as they are in a growing stage you can also feed them with other organisms but not on a regular basis.
Feeding your corn snake is very important and do not ever leave your corn snake hungry as this can be very dangerous for you. Feed them on regular basis. You can feed the baby corn snake with mice once a week and also be aware of the fact that how to feed live mice or the frozen mice to the corn snake.
Then you can start feeding the corn snakes with rats so that they can get variety in the food. The corn snakes usually feed on rodents. It is also recommended do not to microwave the frozen rodent as this can be dangerous for them, disinfect the area where you prepare the food properly before preparing food for them.
Also when you are feeding the live rodents to your corn snake be with them and do not leave them alone at that time, as live rodents can sometimes even start injuring the corn snake.
Do not ever feed your corn snake with the rotten rodent as that could cause many diseases to your snake and in some cases, if the infection is too much it can be fatal to the life of your pet. So be careful when you are feeding your corn snake. Be with them till the time they finish their food.
Also do not try to feed them with your hands, use tongs in order to feed them for safety reasons. As the adult corn snake can also feed on birds and even their eggs and it is recommended that crickets should not be offered to the corn snake because they do not recognize them as food.
You need to provide fresh and clean water to your corn snake so that they can stay healthy. Also, change their water daily and fill their water dish with fresh water as they need to stay hydrated and also do clean their water dish regularly so that no infection occurs to your corn snake. The water bowl should be placed at the corner of the cage of the corn snake as the corn snake moves towards the corner of the cage during the nighttime.
Another important thing is that you should give time to your corn snake to settle down in their new surrounding and also to the schedule of feeding because they will not behave the way you want it will take time for them to get used to all this.
They will not eat anything or much in the beginning until or unless they are settled or they get used to this feeding routine. Once they get used to the feeding routine they will eat the food without any hassle or problem and they will enjoy the food. It is also your duty to feed your corn snake on a regular basis so that they do not have to stay hungry or starve to death and this will also lead to a healthy lifestyle and a disease-free one.
Do not feed them with lots of tampered food or stale food because that is an unhealthy practice, try to get the natural foodstuff for them so that they are healthy and also they are more used to natural things than the artificial ones.
Natural foods have more nutrient content as compared to the others. If the frozen food is fed to the corn snake make sure that the food is properly thawed and then fed top them. You can also offer live food to them without any hesitation but make sure that they should not be able to escape from the cage as it will create problems later. The corn snakes are not used to eat frozen food so it will take time for them to get used to the frozen food that is thawed as they love to eat the live food catch them and squeeze them to death and then eat them.
Be very careful with the diet of your corn snake and let them have the food that is good for the health and have lots of nutrients so that they can eat them happily and get lots of nutrients from them. New-born mice are usually fed with to the hatchlings because of their small size and also they can digest them easily without any problem.
Another important thing that you need to feed the corn snake so that they can have a healthy diet is that they should be fed with vitamin supplements because not every nutrient they will get from the food some you need to provide them as a supplement so that they grow up into a healthy snake and also so that no disease should occur to them.
Calcium powder is also fed to them to overcome the deficiency of calcium in them. The multivitamins and other supplements are also given to the corn snake for their growth and betterment. So you should create a proper diet plan for them and feed them with every nutrient so that they do not lack in any of it. A corn snake can stay healthy only if it is given the right type, amount, and quality of food with proper nutrients.
The corn snake is an amazing snake that makes up for a perfect pet for humans and has lots of benefits to keep them as a pet. The corn snake needs the love and care of their owners so that they can live a happy and satisfying life.
They should be able to get the best thing in eating which can provide them with every nutrient as this would lead to the healthy corn snake and also they will live for long years if they will get the right type of food to eat, especially if the food is fresh and natural.
You should also build a bond with your pet corn snake so that you can understand them well and know what they need and what they do not so that they are happy to live inside the captivity and do not have any sort of problem.