Corn Snakes are one of the best beginner snakes as they stay small, have a simple diet and enjoy handling. They are also popular for their unique color and pattern combinations.
Corn Snake Morphs Color Chart
Corn snakes were some of the first snakes bred in captivity for color variation – there are now 830 documented morphs.
Some of these morphs are naturally occurring mutations. South Carolina and Florida have many natural corn snakes.
Many corn snake morphs are selectively bred. Color morphs are typically more popular than pattern variations.
The most popular colors are Lavender, Snow and Black:
|Amelanistic||Low contrast red with yellows and oranges.||$50 – $75||25|
|Anerythristic A||Pale gray with dark gray blotching and black margins.||$70||35|
|Anerythristic B||The same as Anerythristic A morphs but they not develop yellow coloring with age.||$100||36|
|Black||Dark gray with charcoal blotching outlined by black margins.||$100||5|
|Blizzard||Completely white with red eyes.||$150||9|
|Blood Red||Vibrant red with faint or no patterning and a white belly.||$70||10|
|Blood Red Pied-Sided||Deep red with some faint patterning and a white belly.||$250||37|
|Blue||Bluish-gray with darker gray blotches.||$200||13|
|Butter||A bright yellow snake with red eyes.||$70||24|
|Candy Cane||High contrast of red and white.||$50||15|
|Caramel||Yellow-brown base with caramel, light brown or rich chocolate dorsal and lateral blotches.||$40||18|
|Coral Snow||Light pink and peachy-orange blotchings with a white faded belly.||$130||22|
|Creamsicle||A yellow base with dark yellow-orange blotches.||$70||19|
|Crimson||High color contrast snakes with a dazzling crimson color scheme.||$70||32|
|Eastern||Tan or brown and reddish-orange dorsal and lateral blotches.||$30||23|
|Florida||Tan-orange base color with reddish-orange blotches.||$30||12|
|Fluorescent Orange||Vibrant orange with dark red splotches and white margins.||$140||33|
|Ghost||Pale gray base color with a muted color.||$50||8|
|Hypomelanistic||Vibrant combinations of light reds, whites, oranges and yellows.||$70||11|
|Jungle||An unpredictable codominant morph.||$80||29|
|Lavender||Pink base color and lavender blotching.||$75||1|
|Miami Phase||Silver base color with burnt-orange blotches.||$70||7|
|Motley||Dark lines down their spine and belly scales with dashed lateral blotching.||$50 – $70||21|
|Normal||Reddish-brown blotches on light brown or gray.||$30||20|
|Okeetee||Deep red or burnt orange dorsal blotches and a medium brown or deep orange base.||$50||2|
|Opal||Almost white with a faint yellow patterning and burgundy eyes.||$65||30|
|Palmetto||White with random red, orange, and yellow scales.||$1,500||4|
|Peppermint Stripe||Dark pink with faint pink striping along their body.||$175||34|
|Pewter||Silver-lavender snakes with faint blotching that fades with age.||$90 – $100||31|
|Pink||Light pink and pale dorsal blotches with orange center stripes.||$120||16|
|Red Amelanistic||Bright reds and oranges and vibrant red dorsal blotches.||$100||38|
|Reverse Okeetee||Peach with red-orange blotches surrounded by a thick white margin.||$125||28|
|Scaleless||Their body is without scales.||$500||6|
|Slowinski’s||Grayish-brown with large chocolate brown dorsal blotches. They also have black and white belly checkers.||[n.a.]||39|
|Snow||White with pink or beige patterning.||$100||3|
|Sunkissed||A beautiful combination of sunset orange and red with a masquerade-mask shaped head pattern.||$80||14|
|Tessera||Thin dark-edged dorsal stripes and dense square lateral blotches.||$80||26|
|Texas||Light beige base color with reddish-brown dorsal blotches.||$30||27|
|Zig-Zag||A pattern morph that only changes the belly of the snake.||$175||40|
Top 40 Corn Snake Morphs
The Lavender morph is a beautifully unique color variant with the standard corn snake pattern.
Hatchlings are typically dark gray with purple patterning. Adults normally brighten with age to have a pink base color and lavender blotching.
Sometimes lavender snakes have a brown or orange base color. Despite having the lavender genetic trait these snakes are actually known as “mocha” or “cocoa” morphs.
The first lavender variety was bred in the 1980s as a cross between a snow corn (#3) and a wild-caught snake. Since then these beautiful snakes have remained the most popular corn snake morph.
They can be purchased for $75.
The Okeetee is a wild morph that was first discovered in South Carolina. Collectors took specimens and began breeding them in captivity.
Okeetees are still found in the wild. However, over collecting has led to a population decline and reduced sightings.
These morphs have deep red or burnt orange dorsal blotches with black margins. They also have yellow or orange lateral blotches on their bodies.
Their base color is always a medium brown or deep orange.
If you are considering an Okeetee corn then select a private breeder. Purchasing captive bred snakes is important to reduce pressure on the wild population.
The Snow corn snake is sometimes known as a “white albino”. White albinos are beautiful snakes that can be purchased for $100.
Snow morphs are predominantly white but can have pale blotching. Some may have pink or beige patterning.
These snakes are totally white as hatchlings and develop coloration as adults. Fully grown they normally have a yellow throat and neck.
This variety cannot occur naturally in the wild so they must be captive bred. Both traits (Amelanistic and Anerythristic A) are recessive.
The Palmetto morph is possibly one of the most unique in this list.
They are a result of incomplete dominance genes when two recessive leucistic traits are bred together.
These morphs are white with random red, orange, and yellow scales speckled across their body. They also have jet black pupils surrounded by off-white or blue-white irises.
In 2008 the first wild Palmetto morph was discovered and collected from South Carolina.
Since then only one more wild citing has been reported.
The breeder who collected the first wild palmetto was able to produce offspring. They sold the first captive clutch for $4,000. Today these snakes are priced at $1,500.
The Black morph is also called the Black Devil’s Garden corn snake.
Their name comes from the place they are normally found in Southwestern Florida. The only way to guarantee a Black Devil’s Garden morph is if the breeder knows the parent was collected from this area.
These snakes are typically dark gray with charcoal blotching outlined by black margins. As juveniles they have a much higher contrast of light to dark gray – similar to baby black rat snakes.
Black morphs are part of the anerythristic species.
Anerythristic species have a recessive trait that is so prevalent the majority of corn snakes in the region either display the trait or carry the recessive allele.
The Scaleless corn morph is the most unique pattern morph. They are rarer than the Sunkissed Corn Snake (#14). This $500 snake is very rare to see.
They are a hybrid snake bred from a Great Plains Rat Snake and common corn snake.
Scaleless snakes have no scales on their body. However, they still have full or partial belly scutes – otherwise they would be unable to slither.
These snakes are beautiful and their lack of scales highlights their natural color patterns.
7. Miami Phase
The Miami phase is named after the area of Florida they are found in – Miami-Dade county.
An interesting fact about this morph is that because of where they live, they prefer to eat lizards and not rodents. This can make it difficult for them to feed on rodents in captivity.
A captive bred Miami can be purchased for $70.
These corn snake morphs are famous for their unique silver base color.
They have burnt-orange blotches lined with black margins. Captive breeding has increased the contrast in this variety over time.
Ghosts are a type of designer corn snake morph.
They are selectively bred by mating hypomelanistic snakes with anerythristic type A (#35) morphs.
Ghost morphs have a normal pattern but have a muted color.
They are normally a pale gray and have reddish-brown dorsal blotches. Interestingly, halfway down their body their color and pattern inverses – their base becomes reddish-brown and their blotches become gray!
Another reason these morphs are popular is because they are phenotypically codominant. When they are bred with other corn snake morphs, they produce pastel or neutral colors.
The Blizzard morph is one of the more beautiful corn snakes and can be purchased for $150.
The first Blizzard was born in 1984. A wild caught anerythristic type B (#36) corn snake was collected and bred with a charcoal morph.
These snakes are born completely white with red eyes.
As they age sometimes they may develop faint “lemon-lined” margins around their blotches. They may also develop yellow checkering on their belly.
10. Blood Red
The Blood Red corn snake morph is vibrant red and does not normally have patterning.
Hatchlings have some patterning but this fades with age – making adults more desirable than juveniles.
The red color comes from a recessive trait that was discovered by mating wild caught snakes.
Red morphs have completely white bellies! Because corn snakes are known for their belly patterns, the absence of any pattern makes them desirable to breeders.
Hypomelanistic morphs are sometimes called Rosy corn snakes.
These snakes are recessive so have reduced melanin pigmentation. They can look like an albino or just a lighter-shade of color.
When compared to other corn snake morphs they are a lighter shade of color. This is because they have very little dark pigmentation (i.e. brown or black pigment).
Their lack of dark pigmentation allows them to be vibrant combinations of light:
When combined with codominant genes this trait can create beautiful hybrids that can be purchased for $70.
The Florida corn snake is also known as the:
- Eastern Corn Snake (#23)
- Chicken Snake
- Red Rat Snake
This snake is a wild type color variation that can be found all across the state of Florida. Because of their normal appearance they can be purchased for $30.
The Florida corn snake morph has a tan-orange base color and reddish-orange blotches with black margins – similar to the common Carolina corn snake.
Occasionally this variety can have a gray base color.
The blue corn snake morph has the blue dilute gene. This gene is produced by breeding the codominant dilute and charcoal morphs (#36):
- The dilute gene reduces black pigment.
- The charcoal morph removes the red color.
This leaves a gray snake that sometimes takes on a bluish hue.
Their bluish-gray base color has darker gray blotches. As adults their pattern may fade and leave a bluish-gray body with variable hues.
You can find a blue for $200 from a reputable breeder.
The Sunkissed corn snake morph is a beautiful combination of sunset orange and red.
This recessive gene (i.e. hypomelanistic c trait) changes the snake’s pattern and color.
Sunkissed morphs have a dark reddish-orange color with deep red dorsal and lateral blotches.
Their pattern causes lateral blotches to form dense, squarish shapes – rather than small even blotches. Their head has a distinct masquerade-mask shaped pattern of dark red-orange on a lighter orange base.
15. Candy Cane
The Candy Cane is a high contrast color variation that is adorable.
As hatchlings these snakes have a white base color with vibrant red dorsal and lateral blotches. The high contrast of red and white is what gives the Candy Cane its name.
As they age this snake’s color may either fade or develop an orange coloration around their neck.
This colorful morph can be purchased for $50.
Pink corn snake morphs have a light pink base with thick red margins.
They have pale dorsal blotches with orange center stripes.
Like most motley pattern morphs they have elongated dashes instead of lateral blotches. These dashes are red. Their eyes are red too.
Pink morphs require several genes to produce which gives them a higher price of $120.
Fancy corn snakes are not a single morph!
Instead “fancy” is a collective term used to describe any corn snake that is not common (i.e. normal).
Pet stores or places that do not specialize in breeding snakes often refer to unknown morphs as fancy because they don’t know the full genetic composition.
If you have purchased a fancy variety feel free to post a comment so we can help you identify it.
Another popular corn snake morph is the Caramel.
The first Caramel was wild caught and brought into captivity. After careful breeding consistent clutches began being produced in captivity.
Caramels tend to have a yellow-brown base. Their dorsal and lateral blotches can be caramel, light brown or rich chocolate.
Their common appearance and ease of breeding mean you can buy them for $40.
The Creamsicle is a designer corn snake morph that takes two rounds of breeding:
- An Emory’s Rat snake is first bred with an Eastern (#23).
- The offspring is then bred with an albino corn snake.
Creamsicles normally have more yellow and less red. They have a yellow base with dark yellow-orange blotches and thin margins.
They also have red eyes.
Creamsicle corn snake morphs can be purchased for $70.
“Normal” is the name given to a standard wild type corn snake.
The Normal corn snake typically has reddish-brown blotches on a light brown or gray base. The only variation is the Carolina species that has vibrant oranges and reds.
This snake is commonly used by breeders to produce other morph variations.
The Motley corn snake is a pattern morph – not a color morph.
Corn snake pattern morphs typically do not affect the color of the snake’s scales.
The Motley pattern was the first recessive pattern morph discovered and has one of the most complex actions.
A Motley pattern creates dark lines down the spine and sides of the belly scales. Lateral blotching is also reduced and may appear as dashes.
Motley snakes are common and cost $50 – $70.
22. Coral Snow
Coral Snows have a light pink color with peachy-orange blotching.
They sometimes have light pink or white margins and yellow along the sides of their body.
Their bellies are normally white with pale or faded markings – unlike the high contrast checkers in most corn snake morphs.
Eastern corn snakes are a wild type corn snake.
They are found east of the Mississippi and from New Jersey to the tip of Florida.
Easterns are not endangered and are easy to find. However, buying a captive bred specimen from a breeder is always recommended.
Scientifically this snake is known as the Pantherophis guttatus species and comes in a variety of colors.
Easterns are tan or brown and have reddish-orange dorsal and lateral blotches.
This corn snake is very similar to the Carolina and Florida species, however Eastern is the true name for this species.
Selective breeding has produced a bright yellow snake with red eyes.
The yellow base is typically lighter than their blotches.
Their pattern is fairly similar to a wild pattern.
The first wild Amelanistic corn snake was collected in North Carolina in 1953. However, they were not successfully bred until 1961.
The Amelanistic morph is the gene source for the standard albino.
This gene is recessive and is inherited through normal breeding. Every amelanistic snake lacks the brown and black pigments found in melanin.
These snakes are very low contrast and even have red eyes.
Compared to the Red Albino (#38) this corn snake has more yellows and oranges.
The Tessera is the second pattern morph in this list.
Motley (#21) was the first recessive pattern and Tessera was the first dominant pattern.
Tesseras normally have one thin dark-edged dorsal stripe and dense square lateral blotches.
Homozygous Tesseras cannot be produced. It is thought the homozygous form of Tesseras is a lethal gene.
Standard Tesseras can be purchased for $80 but hybrids with rare colors are more expensive.
The Texas corn snake is another regional subgroup of this species – similar to the Eastern (#23).
They are wild type corn snake that cost $30.
Texas corns normally have a light beige base color with reddish-brown dorsal blotches that have strong black margins.
They have two stripes that cross their eyes and meet in a point between them.
28. Reverse Okeetee
The Reverse Okeetee is also known as an Albino Okeetee.
These snakes usually have a peach base with red-orange blotches that are surrounded by a thick white margin.
Their pattern is identical to the Standard Okeetee (#2) – just without melanin pigments.
Reverse Okeetees retain their contrast and vibrancy into adulthood and cost $125.
The Jungle corn snake is an interspecies hybrid!
Jungle morphs are the result of mating a normal Corn Snake with a California King Snake.
These two species form an unpredictable codominant corn snake morph.
Some are black and white with aspects of both patterns. Some look exactly like one parent and are tan or brown with a single pattern.
This morph is very interesting but their unpredictability and inability to breed makes them $80.
The Opal corn snake is a designer morph.
The change from hatchling to adult is one of the most drastic changes of any variety on this list.
Hatchling Opals are a light pink color with peach blotches and white margins. They have bright red pupils with pink irises – similar to the Pink (#16) variety.
Adults turn almost white with a faint yellow patterning that is barely visible. Their eyes become burgundy too.
Pewters are also known as Peppercorn morphs.
Pewters are normally a silver-lavender color with faint blotching that fades with age.
This species costs $90 – $100 depending on how clean their pattern is.
The Crimson morph is sometimes called the Red Corn Snake. However, do not get this designer morph confused for a common red corn snake.
They have a light base and dark reddish-orange blotching.
These snakes have a high color contrast with a dazzling crimson color scheme.
33. Fluorescent Orange
The Fluorescent Orange is an interesting color morph that combines several recessive amelanistic genes.
They also change color with age.
Hatchlings are pink with very light orange colorations.
Adults take on a vibrant orange base with dark red splotches and white margins.
34. Peppermint Stripe
The Peppermint Stripe is a unique combination of the recessive amelanistic, cinder and stripe traits.
Peppermint stripes are normally a dark pink with faint pink striping along their body. Adults can fade to a speckled-pink.
They have red pupils with pink irises and a clean white belly.
Young Peppermints tend to have cloud-like fading on their heads. This intensifies to a pale pink with age.
These snakes cost $175 because of their unique pattern and difficult breeding requirements.
35. Anerythristic A
The Anerythristic type A morph is also known as the Anery or Black Albino corn snake morph.
Anerythristicism is the lack red, orange and yellow pigmentation.
Their body coloration is a pale gray with dark gray blotching and black margins.
As adults they can develop a yellow coloring around their throat and neck.
36. Anerythristic B
The first adult Anerythristic B was caught in 1984 in Florida and was used to help start the Blizzard morph (#7) lines.
The Anerythristic type B corn snake is part of the same Anery complex as the type A (#35). The biggest difference is this species does not develop yellow coloring with age.
Just like the Anery A they are pale gray with dark gray blotches and black margins.
Like all Anery morphs these snakes lack red, yellow and orange pigmentation.
This snake is normally used to mute or gray-out the coloration of other morphs and are therefore highly valued at $100.
37. Blood Red Pied-Sided
The Blood Red Pied-Sided morph is a highly valued species at $250.
They are a recent combination of the Blood Red (#10) gene and recessive Piebald gene.
These snakes are deep red with some faint patterning and a white belly – like standard Blood Reds. The main difference is that the white trickles up the sides of the belly and across the lateral portion of the snake.
The pied gene is similar to that found in ball pythons and is responsible for this snake’s creeping white scales.
38. Red Amelanistic
The Red Amelantistic morph is also called the Red Albino and the Red Amel.
Red Amels are usually bright reds and oranges.
Their dorsal blotches are normally vibrant red too.
They normally have high variation and contrast when compared to the yellow Amelanistic.
The Slowinski is actually a different species of corn snake known as the Patherophis slowinskii.
They were only given species status in 2002 and are named after the famous herpetology Joseph Bruno Slowinski!
This snake is native to small regions of Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas.
Slowinski corn snakes have a grayish-brown base with large chocolate brown dorsal blotches. They also have black and white belly checkers.
The easiest way to know that you have found a Slowinski is by their head pattern.
Their heads have two dark stripes along the sides that meet between their eyes in a point – like a Texas (#27).
These are wild morphs and are rarely sold.
The Zig-Zag is also known as the Zipper.
This pattern morph only changes the belly of a corn snake.
Rather than the standard maize pattern the Zipper morph causes the corn snake’s belly scales to realign in a zig-zag pattern along the center of their belly.
It is a recessive trait that is being stabilized for consistent use in breeding.
Most morphs with this pattern contain other designer genes such as the Aztec or Zagtec.
Corn snake morphs are loved for their vivid colors and unique patterns.
If you are looking to add a small and unique snake to your collection one of these morphs will be perfect!
They are also great for beginners who want their first snake. Corn snakes tolerate handling well, rarely show aggression and have a simple diet.
If you like some of the colors in this list, but are looking for a slower and larger beginner snake then check out some ball python morphs.
Which is your favorite? Do you already keep a corn snake?
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