Fitzgerald Hall of Natural Science
Elaphe g. guttata
Corn snakes are a common type of snake found in many parts of North America. Like all reptiles, they cannot generate heat internally to warm their body. This is what is means to be “cold-blooded.” Because their body temperature changes with the temperature of the environment, they require an external source of heat.
Habitat and Range
Corn snakes live in a variety of habitats, including trees, fields, and rock piles. Corn snakes are found from southeastern New Jersey to the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys to west-central Kentucky and eastern Louisiana.
In the wild, corn snakes eat mice and other small rodents, playing an important role in controlling rodent populations. At WonderLab, the snakes are fed frozen mice every two weeks.
Behavior and Adaptations
Corn snakes are not venomous, but they do have teeth. Corn snakes are constrictors that eat by striking their prey to stun it and then quickly wrapping their coils around the prey to suffocate it then slowly swallow the prey whole.