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This weeks animal of the week is the corn snake. Corn snakes are a North American species of rat snake that subdues its small prey by constriction. They are found in pine forests, rocky outcrops, grasslands, hills and around farms and grain stores. They are often found within corn stores, feeding on the rodents that feed in the corn. They are a terrestrial species, spending the majority of their time on the ground, but they also appreciate the opportunity to climb. Corn snakes come in a variety of colours and patterns called morphs.
In the wild, corn snakes are solitary and spend most of their time alone. With the odd exception, they are calm, docile, placid snakes that are hardy and thrive very well in captivity. If threatened their first response is to hide, rather than strike and they will occasionally warn off predators with a little tail rattling. Corn snakes are quite active snakes and will appreciate time outside the vivarium to exercise. They need somewhere to hide and may become stressed if this is not provided. Corn snakes are very inquisitive animals and like to explore new surroundings. Once in a while change the layout of the vivarium to prevent boredom.