Red Corn Snake

What does the red corn snake look like?

The red corn snake is very slender and can reach lengths of up to 72” inches. On rare occasions Montgomery County Snake control companies will remove a red corn snake that is a few inches over 72” inches. The color tone and pattern may be slightly different from one red corn snake to another. Juveniles are not as bright as adults. The adults are orangish or brownish-yellow with large red blotches down the center of their back. The red blotches are outlines with a blackish or dark bluish color. Their under belly looks like a checkerboard with alternating rows of black and white. Juveniles are duller in color and are more brownish.

Where is the red corn snake found in Montgomery County?

The red corn snake is found in many areas around Montgomery County. Even thou they prefer wooded groves, meadows, wooded lots, barns, rocky hillsides, and abandoned buildings they are occasionally found in sheds, crawl spaces, attics, basements and backyards. Snake removal companies in Germantown, Silver Spring, Potomac, and Damascus receive calls from residents that have a red corn snake in the house or yard. They have also been removed from under roofing tin and loose roofing shingles.

What animals pray of the red corn snake?

Many predators such as raccoons, fox, opossums, large birds, birds of prey, and coyotes will feed on the red corn snake. Juveniles are eaten by bullfrogs and other snakes.

Is the red corn snake venomous?

The red corn snake is not venomous. This is a nervous species and they will bite if they feel threatened. If you do not have experience picking up snakes then do not try to pick up this snake or you will get bit. Even though they are not venomous some people have a reaction to the bacteria in their mouth and you may need medical attention.

What does the red corn snake eat?

The red corn snake feeds on mice, small rodents, baby birds, bird eggs, bats, baby chicks, and small rats. Often this snake is found in chicken coops feeding on chicken eggs or baby chicks. They are commonly found feeding on mice in sheds, barns and basements throughout Montgomery County. They are constrictor which means they will rap their body around the prey and squeeze all of the air out of the prey’s lungs. Once the pray is dead they will swallow it whole.

What are the habits of the red corn snake?

The red corn snake can climb trees and builds very well. They are nocturnal which means they roam mostly at night. Montgomery County residents often see this species in driveways and roads as the sun set and as the sun rises. However they will come out during the day time if night time temperatures dip to low. The name corn snake comes from days long ago when corn farmers would put the corn they harvested in a wooden framed building. Rats and mice would eat a hole in the wooden building so they could feed on the corn so the “corn snake” would enter the same hole in pursuit of the rat or mouse. After the snake would eat the rat or mouse they would be full and they would stay in the wooden building to rest until a couple days later when they were ready to feed again. Some farmers welcomed the corn snake as a friend because the snakes would take care of the rodent problem.

What are the hibernation habits of the red corn snake?

The red corn snake hibernates in attics, basements, wall cavities, home or building foundations, sheds and other outbuildings, under crawlspaces, in burrows abandoned by other animals, old wells, under rocks, logs, in tree stumps or any other place that offers protection from freezing temperatures.

What are the reproduction habits of the red corn snake?

The red corn snake mates in the fall just before winter hibernation and in the spring after coming out of hibernation. If the female mates in the fall she will store the sperm until the spring when she emerges from the hibernation den. Sometime in June or July they will lay 12 to 24 whitish or cream color eggs in a warm and moist log or tree stump or in the foundation of a home or building or under trash piles or any other area that is warm and moist and under cover. They will hatch in August or September. After mating the female and male go their separate way. After laying the eggs the female has no part in raising the young.