The Corn snake originates within the region of Northern America and is a preferred pet that first-time snake owners choose to invest in. Baby Corn snakes are both beautiful in nature and appearance and continue to remain a popular choice, even for the experienced snake-breeders.
Baby Corn snakes look similar to a checkerboard pattern, possessing red blotches completely over their backs, which are outlined in black or brown lining. Their overall body color differs between brown, white, or orangey-yellow and their belly is usually covered in black or white straight marks.
Depending on genetics, there are various versions of what a baby Corn snake may look like. However, each morph has distinctive coloring that a Corn snake enthusiast would be able to differentiate. If you’d like to learn more about the baby Corn snake, continue reading!
Things to Look for in Identifying a Baby Corn Snake
When attempting to identify a baby Corn snake, keeping an eye out for certain features will help you differentiate the breed against similar-looking snakes. Specific features you may look for on a baby Corn snake is their scales, head appearance, body color, and even their pattern.
The body of a baby Corn is covered in scales. Their scales are smooth textured, similar to a fish- where they often reflect light off and aid in camouflage. If you’re looking for a baby Corn snake, their scales won’t be rough nor large-shaped (scales grow larger as they grow).
Appearance (Head and Neck)
As for appearance, the main feature to look for on a baby Corn snake is their “disappearing neck.” In other words, meaning, the baby Corn looks like it’s head, neck, and body are all conjoined. Often resembling the appearance of having no head nor neck.
Baby Corn snake body colors can vary depending on certain factors. To quickly identify one, however, here are the standard colors you can look out for:
- Orange with black lines and red markings
- White with large reddish-orange blotches and dark outlines
- Yellow with caramel/brown introverted marks
- Orange with red/yellow blotches
- Two stripes (brown or black in color) underneath or near their tail
- Dark pigments (including white, yellow, red, and brown) throughout
The pattern on a baby Corn snake’s body, usually regardless of morph, will almost always have a pattern that resembles a checkerboard or Flint corn (also known as Indian corn). They have inverted-like blotches that range in colors that can cover their backs (or bellies, depending on morph) that have a black or brown outline around it.
Baby Corn Snake Coloring
A baby Corn snake’s coloring can depend entirely on the type of morph it is. Unfortunately, there are too many variations to cover each of its unique coloring. However, find below a compiled list of 10 various baby Corn (and adult) snake coloring.
1. Normal Corn Snake Morph: Commonly found in the wild, the normal Corn snake morph is the most common of all Corn snakes. They range between a dark red/brown, gray, or orange color pattern and have bright orange spots all along its back.
2. Miami Corn Snake Morph: The main body color on a Miami Corn is silverish-gray, with reddish/orange/yellow looking blotches all over.
3. Okeetee Corn Snake Morph: Very similar to a Normal Corn snake, the Okeetee has a slightly more prominent orangey/red appearance to their body.
4. Motley Corn Snake Morph: A yellow-golden body, with a white belly, and burgundy lines covering its backside.
5. Caramel Corn Snake Morph: As the name insists, the Caramel Corn snake is a yellow/brown bodied snake with caramel-like marks that also varies in red or chocolate tones.
6. Candy-cane Corn Snake Morph: Again, giving its name- the Candy-cane Corn snake has a “candy-cane appearance.” The color of its body is white with red/pinky marks over the body and cream outlines.
7. Albino Corn Snake Morph: Their color is creamy white (sometimes also orange) with a red pattern all throughout its body.
8. Blood Red Corn Snake Morph: As a baby, the blood-red corn looks no different than a red snake with orange blotches covering it. However, once an adult, the snake turns completely red (with variations of light and dark hues) that look indistinguishable to the rest of its species.
9. Reverse Okeetee Corn Snake Morph: The Reverse Okeetee is magnificent in its uniqueness, with an iridescent-like peachy colored body, and white – orangey marks all throughout.
10. Lavender Corn Snake Morph: Lastly, the Lavender. It’s a light pink colored snake with (you guessed it) lavender/purple blotches.
How Much Does a Baby Corn Snake Cost?
If located within The United States, the average cost for a normal or candy cane morph baby Corn snake ranges between $29 – $50 (if purchased from a breeder or pet store). Depending on morph, genetics, and a reputable breeder, the most you may pay for a particular baby Corn snake morph may cost you $150 at most.
The price above does not include additional costs you’ll be required to spend when owning and maintaining a baby Corn snake.
Additional requirements that will impact the cost of a baby Corn snake:
- Food and Water
- Electricity (Heating or Lights)
Remember: Don’t invest in a baby Corn snake unless you can guarantee and maintain it accordingly.
What Size Tank Does a Baby Corn Snake Need?
The best size tank for a baby Corn snake is one which is approximately the size of a large shoebox (averaging 36x26x13cm).
Plastic vivariums are a perfect option to use, alternating between sizes as they continue to grow.
Once your baby Corn snake/s reach adulthood, transfer each one into a 20-gallon long tank- ensuring it’s absolutely safe!
Do Baby Corn Snakes Bite?
Yes, baby Corn snakes can bite and usually come out of their egg nipping (which is a sign that he’s ready to eat.)
Baby Corn snakes are instinctively defensive and anxious creatures that require time to familiarize themselves with their surroundings and a new routine. For this reason, biting may become more prominent; however, over-time, it should subside once trust has been established.
Thankfully, if a baby Corn snake tries to take a bite out of you- their fangs are non-venomous and won’t do any serious danger to humans of our size.
What Do Baby Corn Snake Eat?
A baby Corn snake eats newborn mice or pinkies, and occasionally- they’ll feed on tiny lizards or frogs. Once a baby corn snake becomes an adult, rodents are their preferred source of food- including large mice, rats, birds, and their eggs.
*Do NOT feed a baby Corn snake anything more substantial than 1.5 of their stomach width.*
How Long Can Baby Corn Snakes Go Without Eating?
Once a baby Corn snake cracks part of its egg, it can provide enough nutrients in it for them to live for up to four days without food.
After hatching and eating, a baby Corn Snake can go anywhere between 4 – 7 days before requiring another meal. Depending on the size of mice you feed your Corn snake, will determine how long they can go without eating.
Baby and adult Corn snakes are not regular eaters (unlike common pets)- meaning they’ll go for days without eating, and it won’t impact their body/health.
How Often Does a Baby Corn Snake Eat?
A baby Corn snake eats as often (or little) as once-twice a week. And an adult Corn snake eats once or twice a fortnight. The baby Corn snake can go for days without needing another meal, which is a mechanical ability commonly found in wild Corn snakes.
At What Age Are Baby Corn Snakes Full Grown?
It will take two years following hatching for a baby Corn snake to become fully grown, where they will reach sexual maturity and their full-body length of 2.5 – 5.5 feet.
What Does Baby Corn Snake Poop Look Like?
Baby Corn snake poop looks just like any other animal’s feces. It usually is browny – green in color, it has a mushy consistency, and smells like poop! It is not uncommon for fur, bones, or scales to be present in their poop- especially when reaching adolescence/adulthood.
How Big Should a Corn Snake Be at 1 year old?
Depending on genetics and the type of morph, a standard Corn snake will range between 60 – 76cms in length once they reach one year old (from the day of hatching.)
It’s normal for a Corn snake to be just under or over that estimate, as the type of breed can dictate significantly how small or large your Corn snake will grow.