King, Milk & Corn Snake 101

Quick Facts
LIFESPAN: Approximately 18-23 years
SIZE: Up to 60” (152 cm) long

Socialization & General Care

  • Be certain to completely support your snake’s body when picking it up.
  • Allow your snake 3-4 days to adjust to his new habitat before handling.
  • Snakes will shed their skin. The first sign of shedding is usually dulling of the skin (milky coloured).
  • Reptiles may transmit disease to humans; make certain to wash your hands after cleaning your pet’s habitat or after handling.

Snakes don’t have eyelids.


  • King, milk and corn snakes are carnivores, meaning that their diets consist solely of meat.
  • Snakes should be fed rodents weekly. Frozen mice or rats are recommended, and should be thawed out prior to feeding them to your snake.
  • Feed your snake with tongs, gently dangling the mouse or rat by the tail.
  • Fresh water should be available at all times and water dishes should be cleaned daily.

Health Issues to Watch For

  • Eating or drinking less
  • Runny, discoloured or pungent stool
  • Weight loss
  • Avoiding the basking area
  • Shedding difficulties

Seek veterinary care if you notice any of the above signs.

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