Corn Snake

Scientific Name
Pantherophis guttatus
Also Known As
Red Cornsnake, Eastern Corn snake
All of Florida
Small Mammals, Birds, Eggs
Life Expectancy
15 - 20 Years
The Corn Snake
Corn Snake conservation status - Least Concern

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This Snake is Not Venomous

Corn Snakes in Central Florida

The corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus) is a docile, attractive serpent that thrives in the warm environments of central Florida. This colubrid species is appreciated by reptile enthusiasts for its calm temperament and attractive patterns. Corn snakes are also one of the most popular pet snakes kept in captivity.

This guide provides identification tips, biology facts, ideal habitat conditions, common health risks, and prevention methods for corn snakes in central Florida.

Appearance and Identification

Corn snakes can be identified by their slender build, keeled scales, and distinctive patterning

Adult Corn Snake

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Adult Corn Snakes

  • Size: Adults reach an average length of 4-6 feet (120-180 cm). Females grow slightly larger than males.
  • Color: Background color varies from yellowish to tan, orange, reddish or gray. Blotches fade to brownish with age.
  • Pattern: Bold dorsal blotches with black borders transition to stripes along the tail. Speckles cover the sides. Albino color morphs lack melanin pigment.
  • Scales: Smooth, glossy scales. The belly scales are wide while the back scales are keeled.
  • Head: Slender head with large eyes and round pupils. Heat-sensing pits line the lip scales.
Juvenile Corn Snake

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Juvenile Corn Snakes

  • Size: Hatchlings average 10-15 inches (25-38 cm) long.
  • Color: Newly hatched corn snakes exhibit brighter red-orange blotches outlined in black on a grayish background.
  • Pattern: The distinctive saddles and speckles provide camouflage in their natural habitats.
  • Eyes: Large dark eyes with round pupils.