Diseases & General Health Info

Whether you suspect that you have a sick corn snake or want to learn more about corn snakes, welcome to ReptiFiles’ table of contents for all things corn snake health! Click on any topic below to learn more.

In the wild, a sick or weakened snake is a target for predators, so snakes have become experts at pretending to be well. In captivity, this means that any reptile owner must be extra diligent in order to notice changes that may indicate illness.

  • Weigh your snake weekly – sudden weight loss often indicates illness.
  • Keep a weekly record of weight, feeding habits, behavior, shedding, etc.
  • Prepare a reptile first-aid kit so you won’t be left scrambling if your snake becomes sick or injured.

Disclaimer: I am not a reptile veterinarian nor a reptile health expert. The contents of these pages are to be used as guidelines, not professional medical advice. If you have an emergency, call an experienced reptile veterinarian immediately.

Using a Tupperware container can help keep a corn snake contained for weighing. Photo by Sandy McCaskey.

Corn Snake Health Topics


Appetite Loss





Respiratory Infection



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