It’s been a few days since the first of Cookie and Brownie’s offspring started to peek out into the world. Sadly two eggs are still in the incubator with no signs of hatching. It’s not too late for hopeful thoughts but the odds of them hatching now are slimming.
On a happier note, we do have a bunch of healthy little snakes that I have moved into their new home. Here is a video of them moving in…
I know several of you are interested in adopting one of these cuties so today I thought I’d share how to set up a baby corn snake home.
I have Cookie and Brownie in the 20 gallon low and long terrarium you see on the right. It has two very sturdy locking lids. The “locking’ part is really important as captive corn snakes have good reason to be nicknamed the “Houdini Snake”. I bought my habitat at an awesome independent reptile shop out in Tomball: http://www.ultimatereptiles.com/
The owner and staff are extremely knowledgeable and helpful especially if you are a first time herp owner. (Herpetology is the study of amphibians and reptiles.). If you never have visited this place …. GO!! It’s better than the zoo.
I have all the baby corns rightnow in the small terrarium you see far left. I line the floor with paper towels as they are easy to change out every few days while I have so many little ones. You should start with paper towels too. Later I will change to the small pebbles/sand you see in the bigger habitats.
Above is the 50 lb bag of pebbles/sand that I buy from Pets a Plenty. (Fish R Us on 242 sells it too for $17.99) Don’t let anyone talk you into using cedar shavings as a floor material. Too difficult to clean!!
I like to add all sorts of cool places for the baby corn snakes to hid. Cardboard paper towel rolls or empty yogurt cups work well. You will need a nice light to keep your corn snake warm. As soon as I placed the new snakes in their new home several sped over to get a drink of water. Hatching must make you thirsty 🙂 You will need a heavy water dish that can’t be knocked over.
Important…. I wet a bunch of sphagum moss and put it in under the snakes’ hide structure. The moisture makes it easier for them to shed their skin.
Corn snakes usually have their first shed about one week after hatching and will shed every few weeks as they grow. A few days after the first shed I can offer the baby corns their first meal. After the babies have eaten two meals with me then I know that they are healthy and ready for a new home!