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What Factors Affect Corn Snake Size?

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Corn snakes are common to the Southern part of the United States and Mexico and are good pets when properly cared for. These snakes come in various patterns and colors and are non-venomous carnivores. Typically, corn snake size is between 3 to 6 feet (0.9 to 1.8 meters), and they can live 10 to 15 years on average. There are three main factors that will affect corn snake size and growth: tank size, temperature, and feeding frequency.

Overly large living areas are not good for corn snakes, and they may feel frightened if the tank is the incorrect size. Owners should pick a tank that fits the age and needs of the snake's. A young or small snake can begin in a 5 gallon (18.9 liter) tank or even a shoebox, depending on size. A full-grown corn snake will require a 20 gallon (75.7 liter) tank.

The tank should be well ventilated with proper bedding, such as aspen wood chips or newspaper; pine bedding should not be used. The snake's living area should also include hiding places and water for bathing. A corn snake will not grow to its proper size if the tank is does not provide the proper living conditions.

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Temperature is another critical factor in the care of a corn snake. Snakes require both warm and cool sections in the tank. Heating pads and laps are the best option and should keep snakes between 68°F (20°C) to 89.6°F (32°C) on one side of the tank only. Snakes are cold-blooded and require warm temperatures from external sources to digest food. If the snake is too cold, it will not eat which will hinder growth and affect overall health and corn snake size.

Snakes should be feed mice bred for feeding purposes and never those caught from the wild. Young corn snakes will eat pinky or baby mice as often as once a week and will gradually eat small, medium, and large mice as the grows. These snakes should be feed every seven to 14 days, and but can be fed up to every 30 days. Corn snake size will increase more quickly with regular feedings, but an owner should not over feed the snake to encourage growth. Fresh water should always be available to the corn snake as it will often bathe after eating; regularly changing the water will support a healthy and clean living environment.

Corn snakes are easy to care for and can be a good pet for individuals with limited space and resources. They do not require a significant amount of care to grow and thrive. With the right environment and proper food, they will grow to a good size and live a long life.

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