NC Snake Pictures / Corn Snake
Elaphe guttataNonvenomous; 30-72 inches (762 to 1,829 mm); common in coastal plain.
Distribution key: blue=where snake is found
The Corn snake varies widely in coloration. It may have a red, gray, orange or brown back with reddish-brown patches that are bordered with black. Its belly is usually checkered black and white, but sometimes the checkered pattern is yellow and white. Corn snakes are frequently mistaken by the public for Copperheads, but the Corn snake is neither venomous nor aggressive. Corn snakes are the most easily kept snake in captivity. (Please purchase captive bred snakes for best results.) These secretive snakes are most often found on the ground and many are killed by road traffic. The Corn snake feeds on small rats, mice, birds, frogs and lizards.