The Corn Snake (Pantherophis guttatus) is a non-venomous colubrid reptile.
The Corn Snake can be varied colours, but the most widely known colour is orange with black lines, red-coloured saddle markings, and black and white bellies.
It measures 61-182 centimetres (24-72 inches) long.
The Corn Snake is native to southeastern United States of America, from New Jersey to Florida, and in central America to Utah. It prefers fields, farms, forest openings, trees, and abandoned buildings.
It hibernates in winter. If the weather is not too cold, it will shelter in rock crevices and logs during the winter, but it will be less active.
It does not use fangs to kill its prey. It is a constrictor, squeezing its prey. It is carnivorous, eating mice, rats, reptiles, frogs, and bird eggs.
Females lay 12-24 eggs in a warm, damp location. She does not stay to look after the eggs. The eggs hatch after about 10 weeks, and snakelets emerge.
They live for about 6-8 years.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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