NC Snake Pictures / Corn Snake

Elaphe guttata

Nonvenomous; 30-72 inches (762 to 1,829 mm); common in coastal plain.
distribution map
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.

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Pictures provided by Joerg Pirl, Lakeland, Georgia.

baby cornsnake

Baby corn snake, about 20 days old.