Feeding Your Corn Snake: A Guide to Proper Nutrition
Corn snakes are one of the most popular pet snakes in the world. They are relatively easy to care for and make great pets for both experienced and novice snake owners. However, it is important to ensure that your corn snake is getting the proper nutrition in order to stay healthy and happy. This article will provide a guide on how to feed your corn snake, including a food size chart to help you determine the appropriate size of food for your snake.
What Do Corn Snakes Eat?
Corn snakes are carnivores, meaning they eat other animals as their primary source of nutrition. In the wild, they feed primarily on small rodents such as mice and rats. In captivity, they can be fed frozen or live mice or rats depending on your preference. It is important to note that corn snakes should never be fed wild-caught prey as this can introduce parasites or diseases into their system.
How Often Should You Feed Your Corn Snake?
The frequency of feeding depends on the age and size of your corn snake. Juvenile corn snakes (under one year old) should be fed every 5-7 days, while adult corn snakes (over one year old) should be fed every 7-10 days. It is important not to overfeed your corn snake as this can lead to obesity and other health issues.
What Size Prey Should You Feed Your Corn Snake?
The size of prey you feed your corn snake should depend on its age and size. Generally speaking, juvenile corn snakes should be fed prey that is no larger than the widest part of their body, while adult corn snakes can handle prey up to 1 ½ times the width of their body. To help you determine what size prey you should feed your corn snake, refer to the following food size chart:
|Age/Size||Prey Size (in inches)|
|Hatchling (up to 6 months)||.5 – .75|
|Juvenile (6 months – 1 year)||.75 – 1|
|Subadult (1 – 2 years)||.75 – 1 ½|
|Adult (over 2 years)||.75 – 1 ½|
It is important not to feed prey that is too large for your corn snake as this can cause choking or other digestive issues. If you are unsure what size prey you should feed your corn snake, consult with a veterinarian or experienced reptile keeper for advice.
Tips For Feeding Your Corn SnakeIn addition to following the food size chart above, there are a few other tips you should keep in mind when feeding your corn snake:
- Always thaw frozen prey before feeding it to your corn snake.
- Never leave uneaten live prey in with your corn snake.
- Do not handle or disturb your corn snake immediately after feeding.