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Kingsnake, Milksnake, & Corn Snake

Experience Level: Beginner

Coiled corn snake

Kingsnakes

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.

Heating
• 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.

  Target Range
Humidity 30 - 50%
Temperature  
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)

 

Lighting
• 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.

Step 3Substrate

Substrate
(F) Use a 2" (5 cm) of aspen reptile bedding.
• Spot clean waste after defecation and completely change bedding at least once a month.

Decor
(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.

 

Habitat for Kingsnake, milksnake or corn snake

HEALTH
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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