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Keeping a corn snake as a pet

Updated on January 2, 2013

'Chilli' our Bloodred corn snake

Keeping a corn snake as a pet

Last November I bought my daughter a corn snake as a pet after doing all my research on the Internet as to which was the best snake to buy for a child. A great source of information came from the Corn snake care sheet.

Why buy a snake I hear you ask well its all part of my master plan not to create a 'pink fluffy princess' in this world we live in now, I want her to be a strong individual, not afraid of any thing and able to look after herself throughout her life.

She was very excited about having a snake and before we bought the Corn snake we would venture out last summer in search of slow worms or a grass snake. She has always enjoyed spotting the lizards that scurried around the garden at the holiday cottage.

Before buying the snake, the Vivarium was purchased along with all the ceramic heat lamps,heat pad, thermometer and all accessories....I must admit I was taken aback at the total cost of every thing coming in at £350 and on top of that £100 for the be warned!

The Vivarium was set up and was left running for a couple of days to make sure all was well before buying the snake.

I had already discussed with my daughter what colour of corn snake she wanted and a Bloodred corn snake was the chosen preference and it was my daughter who named him 'Chilli'.

Corn snakes are the equivalent to Japanese Koi in that its become an art form to cross breed different coloured and patterned snakes to create new varieties, to the extent last year a Lilac snake was introduced into the market place.

Once the snake was purchased, I made it a point to ask as many questions as I could with the retailer just to confirm my understanding of what I had learnt from my research. Saying that I still made a mistake in that I used boiled water to defrost the frozen mouse for speed, not realizing that the protein structure of the mouse changed which then went on to cause a regurgitation.

Thankfully I had taken on board most of the information I read and knew it was important not to re feed the snake straight away because some of its digestive enzymes that it relies on to digest its food would have been regurgitated along with the mouse and if I had fed him straight away it would have caused another regurgitation. So I left him for a week to rebuild his stomach enzymes before feeding him a defrosted mouse after using lukewarm water and have not experienced any problems since.

We have had Chilli now for 4 months and he is doing really well, growing fast and has shreded his skin now on 3 occasions.

My daughter is very good in handling him and has no problem with picking up the defrosted mouse to feed him.

I think they make great pets as long as you do all your research and don't cut any corners with regards to creating a good environment for them to live.

dinner time

A full size mouse


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    • leon01 profile image

      leon01 5 years ago

      I think the snake will be very popular with all the children staying for a holiday, the chickens I bought went down well also with everyone here.

    • zoey127721 profile image

      zoey127721 5 years ago from South Carolina.......bleck :P

      Congrats on your Chilli! I grew up having snakes as pets and I loved it. I currently have a ball python and am definitely in the market for another. Snakes are great pets!