We have recently welcomed 17 little corn snakes after a two-month hatching period. Our female laid 17 oblong soft-shelled eggs on May 5 and the babies hatched with a 100 percent success rate on July 3 and 4.
The 12-cm-long newcomers have just shed their first skin and grown a good appetite. Ranging between four different colors, they are already exhibited in our Palm House.
Native to North America, corn snakes (Pantherophis guttatus) are frequently found near grain stores – hence their name. They prefer areas with thick vegetation, forest clearings, or abandoned buildings and, as predominantly nocturnal predators, they prey on rodents, birds and bats. Like most other colubrid species, they lack effective venom and kill their prey by constriction.
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