- This is a photo of a baby Corn Snake. When I first caught it, I was confused by the coloring. It did not match that of the snakes I usually see. I concluded at
first that it was an Eastern Milk Snake. However, with some more research, I discovered that it was a baby Corn Snake. Like many snakes, the coloration of the juvenile snakes
does not match that of the adult - it changes with age. In the case of the Corn Snake, the coloration and pattern changes significantly, such that the adult is a beautiful
golden color with darker orange markings. In addition, this juvenile corn snake has a pattern on its head, I noticed, that looks somewhat like a guitar - more like an electric
guitar, like the Fender Stratocaster, than an acoustic guitar. The belly has the same markings as an adult, with that maize or keyboard-like pattern, though it's burgundy
and white instead of black and white.
Click here to see photos of the Adult Corn Snake
, which is different in color.
This snake was, like the adult Corn Snake, very docile. It was easy to handle, and never struck, as I held it and took photographs of it. While the adults eat
rats, the baby snakes like this eat insects and other small prey. They're good snakes, and it's a shame that this snake is so often misidentified by people - I've already
received several calls to remove "ground rattlers", and when I arrived, it was this fearsome serpent that had people wringing their hands in fear. Some people assume that
markings of any kind mean a venomous snake, but of course general rules like this are inaccurate. If you see the above snake, especially in the autumn, when the babies
hatch from eggs, just leave it alone, and one day it'll be a beautiful orange rat-eating machine.
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Snake got into house can’t find it -
It’s never a good feeling when you know a snake went into your house and then you weren’t able to find it. Remember that a snake doesn’t want to live inside of your dwelling, and a snake in the home is
likely frightened. This is an animal that, though it probably can climb stairs, won’t risk venturing out into the open immediately. If you have a multilevel home, you can rule out the possibility of the
snake moving into other floors so quickly. More likely than not, the serpent is curled up under an appliance or a piece of furniture. Snakes can be very difficult to spot in the dark corners of our homes,
so make sure you have a good flashlight and do a thorough search. Unfortunately, even using a snake trap might not be a quick enough fix for a snake inside the home. For the snake trap to work, the snake
needs to be somewhat interested in eating. Snakes don’t eat every day. If you really need the snake to be removed from the home immediately, your best option is to call in a professional snake remover.