Additional Resources

Many of the sources listed below were referenced in the creation of this guide. If you’re looking for more information on corn snakes, check these out first!

Corn Snakes – Advancing Husbandry — (Facebook) Finally, a decent forum promoting higher-quality husbandry for corn snakes! If you have pressing questions regarding the finer points of corn snake care that aren’t covered by this guide, this is a good place to go to benefit from the experience of other like-minded keepers without the outdated, minimalistic nonsense found in most other communities.

Corn Snakes: The Comprehensive Owner’s Guide by Kathy Love and Bill Love — (Book) (affiliate link) For its last publication date being 2005, this book is surprisingly impressive. For example, it recommends using enclosures larger than 20 gallons for adults, and advocates advanced keeping techniques like providing enrichment! I highly recommend adding this one to your bookshelf. — The observations of wild corn snakes documented here can be very useful as enclosure design inspiration, as well as for educating yourself on what a healthy corn snake’s body condition should look like.

Scientific Research

A Simulated Heat Wave Has Diverse Effects on Immune Function and Oxidative Physiology in the Corn Snake (Pantherophis guttatus) by Z. R. Stahlschmidt et al.

An alternative classification of the new world rat snakes (Genus Pantherophis [Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae]) by Joseph T. Collins and Travis W. Taggart

Determinants and repeatability of the specific dynamic response of the corn snake, Pantherophis guttatus by Sarah P. Crocker-Buta and Stephen M. Secor

Effects of ultraviolet radiation on plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 concentrations in corn snakes (Elaphe guttata) by Mark J. Acierno et al., 2008

Postprandial thermophily, transit rate, and digestive efficiency of juvenile cornsnakes, Pantherophis guttatus by Lynnette M. Sievert et al.

Prey-Handling Behaviors of Naïve Pantherophis guttatus by David A. Penning and Stefan Cairns

Spatial considerations for captive snakes by Clifford Warwick, Phillip Arena, and Catrina Steedman.


Keep reading:

  1. Introduction to Corn Snakes
  2. Shopping List
  3. Terrarium Size & Lighting Guidelines
  4. Temperature & Humidity Requirements
  5. Substrate Options
  6. How to Decorate Your Terrarium
  7. How (and What) to Feed a Corn Snake
  8. Handling Tips
  9. Common Diseases & Other Health Info
  10. Additional Resources (YOU ARE HERE)