Kingsnake, Milksnake, & Corn Snake
Experience Level: Beginner
Step 1Choosing a Terrarium
These snakes originate from the fields/forest of the United States. Corn Snakes can be housed with others of the same species; King and Milk Snakes must be housed individually.
(A) Use a well-ventilated 20-gallon (26-30" long) or larger terrarium for an adult.
(B) Locking screened lid, if not included with habitat.
Step 2Heating and Lighting
These snakes require a temperature gradient (cool side/warm side) to appropriately regulate their body temperature. Temperatures within the habitat should also vary between daytime and nighttime hours.
• Equip the habitat with two (C) thermometers (one on each side of habitat) and one (D) hygrometer to monitor the humidity levels.
• Supplemental heat on the warm side of the habitat should be provided by a daytime (E) heat bulb.
• Use a ceramic heat emitter, under tank heater or night heat lamp as needed to maintain nighttime temperatures.
|Humidity||30 - 50%|
|Day-Cool Side||70 - 75° F (21 - 24° C)|
|Day-Warm Side||80 - 85° F (27 - 29° C)|
|Night||65 - 70° F (18 - 21° C)|
• These snakes are nocturnal and hide during the day, but need a 12-hour day/night schedule. If room light does not provide enough light, use a luorescent bulb for additional light.
• For night viewing, use a night-specific bulb to minimize visible light provided to your reptile.
(F) Use a 2" (5 cm) of aspen reptile bedding.
• Spot clean waste after defecation and completely change bedding at least once a month.
(G) Add a wood or rock hiding place in the cool area of the home for hiding.
(H) Provide branches for hiding and climbing.
• Provide a water bowl large enough for soaking and shallow enough that it cannot be easily tipped.
• Ensure decor is large and stable enough for the size of your snake.
New surroundings and environments can be stressful for reptiles. Prior to handling your pet, give him 3-4 days to adjust to his new surroundings while monitoring his behavior for any signs of stress or illness. Shortly after purchase, ask a veterinarian familiar with reptiles to examine your pet.
THINGS TO WATCH FOR
• Runny droppings for more than two days
• Eating or drinking less; weight loss
• Swollen joints
• Discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth
• Shedding problems; discolored skin
• Avoidance of the basking area; more time spent hiding
If you notice any of the above signs, speak with a PetSmart store associate or reptile veterinarian with questions about the health of your pet.
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The program includes:
• Specific standards our vendors agree to meet in caring for and observing pets for common illnesses.
• Specific standards for in-store pet care.
• The PetSmart Promise: If your pet becomes ill during the initial 14-day period, or if you’re not satisfied for any reason, PetSmart will gladly replace the pet or refund the purchase price.