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Although the corn snake is primarily terrestrial, it can climb trees, rocks, and even buildings, with ease. Special scales form ridges on its underside to provide traction for traveling. The corn snake often takes shelter in hollow tree trunks or underground burrows during the day, and then emerges to hunt at night.

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Did You Know?

Stealthy Approach: Varying shades of brown, red, and orange help the corn snake conceal its approach toward prey amongst the leaf litter.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Pantherophis guttatus

Southeastern United States

Woodlands and urban areas

Up to 6 ft

Zoo Location:
Reptile House

Rodents, bats, lizards, frogs, birds, and eggs