Species information


Corn Snake

Pantherophis guttatus

(formally elaphe guttata guttata)

Pantherophis guttatus - Corn Snake


Common name

Corn Snake

Scientific name

Pantherophis guttatus guttatus (formall elaphe guttata guttata)




The Corn Snake is now available in many many morphs, too many to mention here, so I'll document the normal colouration. This snake is generally red/orange in colour, with a lighter background (usually orange) in which sit darker (usually red) saddles. These saddles are usually bordered in black. The head is patterned with a characteristic spear head shape (more scientifially known as a "fleur-de-lis" marking) which can be used to identify the snake. On the sides of the snake sit irregular blotches of darker colouration, again bordered with black.



New Jersey, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana.


Adult size

4-6 ft.


Approx lifespan

Up to and sometimes beyond 16 years.


REcomended vivarium size

A 36x18x18in vivarium is ideal for a single adult Corn Snake.


Basic set up type

Dry woodland or rocky land. Provide small sturdy perches for climbing should the snake wish to do so. Make sure hides in both the warm and and the cool end are provided.



A diet of rodents is best for the Corn Snake.


Further reading

See also our comprehensive corn snake care sheet.



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