The corn snake is an amazing pet that belongs to the family of reptiles and also they are one of the popular snakes that can be kept as a pet because they are non-venomous in nature. Also, they get quite well with humans so that is why they are preferred by many reptile enthusiasts.
A corn snake is also an amazing option for beginners who want to keep a snake. The corn snakes need the various type of stuff that is necessary for them to live a comfortable life and also so that they do not have any sort of problem when they are living inside the captivity.
The corn snake needs various supplies when they are in captivity and in this article we will discuss the supplies that are needed by the corn snake. We should know everything before we are keeping a corn snake as a pet so that we can get that beforehand in order to prevent any sort of problems or issues with the corn snake.
List of supplies needed for the corn snake
There are various things that we need and are important for the corn snake and some of the most important ones we will discuss in this article and those important supplies have been listed below:
The most important thing for a corn snake is a habitat that is needed for them where they can live comfortably and have their personal space where no one will disturb them and they can rest, sleep or do whatever they want to. You can get a tank for them that is of an appropriate size where they can live comfortably and do not have to deal with any sort of issues. The tank that you are using for the corn snake can be of glass or plastic so that you can see inside what is happening and also even the corn snake can see outside and be aware of the environment outside the tank.
The housing or the tank should be something in which they feel safe and also so that they can connect with it. They should not feel scared or suffocated inside the tank so for that, you should get the appropriate size tank for them. So provide them with enough space so that they can move throughout the tank smoothly without having any obstacles on the way.
You can get a large tank of 40 gallons approximately so that they can feel comfortable and also so that they do not face any sort of problem while staying inside the tank and are happy and satisfied. The tank or the housing is the basic thing that is needed for the corn snake if you want to keep them as a pet because the first thing that you will give to a pet is a proper place where they can reside comfortably and enjoy their personal space.
The substrate is another very important supply that you can provide for the corn snake inside their tank. The substrate is the flooring of the tank that is used so that your corn snake feels safe and comfortable and also so that they can feel connected and also it is used to maintain the tank of the corn snake.
The substrate that is needed for the corn snake should be something in which the corn snake can slither easily and also in which it can burrow. Another important feature of a good quality substrate is that it should be easy to clean and maintain and also the substrate should be non-toxic and non-irritant to the skin. There should not be any sort of odor in your substrate because it is not good for your corn snake.
You should use a good quality and also a substrate that is natural and safe for the corn snake.
The different types of substrates that you can use for the corn snake that is safe for them and will not cause any sort of problem for them are newspaper, reptile carpet, aspen shavings, cypress mulch, etc. these are the most preferred substrates. There are few substrates that you should ignore and that is cedar shavings, aquarium gravel, pine shavings, etc. they are not good for the corn snake. The substrates should have all the above features so that they can be appropriate for the corn snake.
You should know that adding furniture to the cage of the pet corn snake is very important because this will help you in modify the tank of the corn snake in a better way and also you can add items in the tank which could help in making their tank quite similar to the their natural surroundings. You can add plants and branches in their tank to give a natural resemblance of their surroundings.
Also plants will help in purifying the air and adding greenery. On branches the corn snake can easily roll around and same goes for the plants.
You can also add basking platform for them so that they can have proper place where they can bask easily without any sort of issue and we know that basking platforms are very important for the reptiles so definitely add it in to their cage. Another thing you can add is the hiding or caves in their tank which will help the corn snake to relax or even sleep whenever they want.
The hidings or caves also help them to stay cool when it is too hot outside and also when they want to stay away from everything in a lone place the can go inside the hiding and relax over there.
You can also add stuff like heating stones so that they can stay warm inside and also it helps in marinating the temperature inside the tank of the corn snake.
The branches that you add inside the tank of the corn snake should not hurt them so make sure that it is safe and not edgy in nature. So adding up furniture inside the tank of the corn snake is very important as it provides them with extra comfort and also a place where they can do different types of activities.
Food is one of the most important things for the corn snake because if you want that the corn snake should live a happy, healthy, and satisfying life you need to provide them with proper food. Food that is full of nutrients, food that will provide them with all sorts of energy that they need to stay active.
As we know that the corn snake is carnivorous in nature so they mainly feed on small birds and also rodents. The most preferred food for the corn snake is the mice, the corn snake also loves it and even they are full of nutrients that are essential for the corn snake.
The corn snakes should not be fed on a regular basis, they are fed on the basis of their age. When the corn snakes are babies they should be fed every 5 to 7 days and when they are old, they should eat every 7 to 10 days.
So give them the food that is appropriate according to their age and also that provides them with all sorts of nutrition that is important for them. You can also give them various types of supplements like calcium or vitamins so that they can have every nutrient and stay healthy as much as possible. You should also be aware of the size of the mouse that you are giving to the corn snake as they can get choked on the large-sized mice.
You know that you should keep your corn snake properly hydrated so that they can stay healthy inside the tank. For providing water to them you need to provide them with water that too a 24 x 7 supply of fresh and clean water.
The water is very important for any living being and same is the case of the corn snake. You will also notice that the corn snake will also soak itself inside the bowl of the water so that they can relax in it. The water bowl is also needed because it helps in maintain the humidity inside the tank of the corn snake.
The corn snake also needs water not only to drink but also to soak itself, maintain the level of humidity inside their tank. So it is our duty to provide the water for them whole day and also change the water if it is not clean. You should provide them with clean and fresh water every day.
So do not forget to fill their water bowl every day as water is necessary for them because they need to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Water is very important for them especially when they are shedding their skin off because they need to soak themselves inside the water bowl and also they need to stay hydrated at that time. There should be lots of moisture inside their tank because the humidity is a must for the corn snake.
6. Heating devices
A very important thing that you should add inside the tank of the pet corn snake are the heating devices. As we know that the corn snake is the cold blooded animal so it is very important to provide the heat in their tank from some sort of external source so that they do not feel cold.
The heating devices can be in the form of heating stones, heat pads, heat lamps, heat strips, etc. if the temperatures are not maintained inside the tank of the corn snake they will start to feel cold and because of this they will start developing many health issues.
It tells us that temperature is a very important factor for the well- being of the corn snake and the corn snake do need heat inside the tank and that is the reason that heating devices are kept inside their tanks so that they can stay comfortably inside their captivity.
You should add thermometer in their tank so that you can know about the temperature inside the tank and if it is cold inside you can easily add up heating devices in their tank without any sort of hassle. So addition of heating device is very important for the pet corn snake inside their tanks.
7. Water bowl and food bowl
The water bowl and the food bowl are also very important to supply for the corn snake because you need to have an appropriate dish for them. Providing them with a water bowl and also the food bowl makes it easy for us also to feed them easily without any sort of problem and also it is easy for them to eat or drink from the bowls. Get the bowls of the appropriate size and depth should be proper so that they do not have any problem while they are using them.
Both the bowls should be safe for the corn snake so that no sort of problem occurs or by any chance, they should not get hurt. The material used should be non-toxic and also if possible it should be natural. The bowl should be highly durable so that they do not break easily, when they are used by the corn snake or if it is mishandled by the owner or the corn snake. Try to get the best quality bowls for your corn snake so that your pet enjoys their water and even their food.
These are the various supplies that are essential for the corn snake so that they can live happily, comfortably, and also satisfied inside the captivity. Make sure you get everything for your corn snake so that they feel connected inside their tank.
The corn snake is an amazing pet and they do not create any sort of issue for their owners. So it is also your duty to provide them with the best of everything and also so that they can stay happily with you.
You will also notice when your corn snake is safe and comfortable while living with you will automatically feel happy. So try to understand your corn snake properly and also spend them with them which will help them to connect with you and also a bonding will be built between you two. You need to provide them with all important supplies for them their well-being.