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Albino Corn Snake

Family: Colubridae Picture of an Albino Corn SnakeElaphe guttata
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We have an albino corn snake that was a Christmas Present for our then 10 years old. We have had her for a little over a year now. Her name is Zero. Everyone that... (more)  Brandy

   Like all corn snakes, the albino corn snake makes an excellent pet for the advanced beginner.

   These colorful snakes will tame down in a short time becoming very docile, even tempered, and tolerant of frequent handling. They are very hardy and easy to maintain.

For more Information on keeping Snakes see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Herptile

Geographic Distribution
Elaphe guttata
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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Genus: Elaphe
  • Species: guttata

Description:   The albino corn snake also referred to as the "amelanistic" or "red albino" is one of the most beautiful of the corn snakes. As an albino, they have striking, ruby-red eyes. Their body coloring is a pattern of dark red blotches on a deep orange background with a white belly. They have no black pigment. Like all corn snakes, their scales are lightly keeled.
   This snake will grow to the same size as a normal corn snake which is between three and five feet. Cornsnakes are a heavier bodied snake than the garter snake or the kingsnake, though their length is about the same.


Feeding:   They are a constrictor and their diet consists of mice and other rodents, chicks, and lizards. Feed once or twice a week, depending on the size of the food and the size of the snake. As you get to know your snake, you'll learn what its feeding needs are. Fresh water in a shallow dish should always be available.


Environment:   They do not eat other snakes, and so they can be housed alone or in groups with other snakes of similar size and habits.
   You can set up their terrarium as either a woodland type, a desert type, or a combination of the two with moderate humidity. See the terrarium types described under Basic Reptile and Amphibian Care for more information.
   This snake needs a hiding place and a small water dish. It also likes to climb, so a vertical or semi-vertical tree limb with some plant vining is great.


Temperature and Lighting requirements:   They do well at 75° to 85 F in the daytime, and 65° to 72° F at night. Because they are albino, they do not do well in bright lighting. You can use a substrate heating device for basic heating. For additional heat you can add a blacklight bulb or red incandescent bulb. Be sure you use a thermometer so you don't let the terrarium become overheated.
   For more detailed information see the Basic Reptile and Amphibian Care: Housing.


Distribution:   The albino corn snakes are breed in captivity.


Breeding/Reproduction:   These snakes, if not babies, need to be probe sexed for positive sex identification. Like all corn snakes they are egg layers and breed readily.


Availability:  The albino corn snake has been successfully bred and they are generally available as pets.


Author: Clarice Brough, CRS
Lastest Animal Stories on Albino Corn Snake

Brandy - 2011-01-10
We have an albino corn snake that was a Christmas Present for our then 10 years old. We have had her for a little over a year now. Her name is Zero. Everyone that finds out we have her are always asking what we were thinking and honestly at first I didn't think that I would like or have much to do w/ her. But, over the last year I have grown to love her as much as our other pets. She is very much a part of our family. She has a personality of her own, would never dare to bite one of us (altought I'm sure if she didn't feel safe she would for protection). She is beautiful, white w/ the pinkish spots and of course her red eyes are so amazing. She has gown quite a bit since we first got her. Honestly, I would much rather get another corn snake then a cat, dog, bird, or any other kind of pet. With the proper care they do not stink, or make a mess. They are easy to feed and care for. They make a really wonderful pet for our sons and our family. We hope she will be in our family for many, many years to come.

  • Random person - 2011-10-22
    Really! My snake kind of that bad her cage can get messy from poo...are those bad!?
  • Mikayla - 2012-01-13

    Yes that's bad! They could crawl over it and then get so used to it that if you do clean it, they'll probably strike you( Which isn't a big deal really) and get really mad at you. Just letting you know.
  • bree - 2015-09-20
    I agree with you. I have a corn snake, bought him at LLL Reptile in Escondido, CA. Have never had attitude probs, and he LOVES his morning warm bath and can go to the bathroom there, and it gets washed down, and he loves a floating color changing light floater that he puts his head on and spins around the tub on it. He has never been agressive, and now is almost a year old. A darling pet, that you can wrap around yourself as you do laundry and such, as he gets lonely for company too. A better pet is what I agree to. I never wanted a snake in the beginning but when I went looking for a pet, I fell in love with this albino coral coloured corn snake, and he has been the love of my life and my mom loves him and also our leading pastor has met sir sneekisnake and loves him too. I agree with you to keep a love 4 your cornsnakes, as they also have love to give.
  • Anonymous - 2015-10-14
    I love corn snakes
  • Terri Bloxom House - 2016-02-21
    Mikayla, I don't know where you got your information from, but your very wrong.  Very few corn snakes are agressive if handled often and though keeping a clean cage is very important for the health of the snake, it does not make them agressive in any way shape or form. I have rescued quite a few corn snakes myself and none of them became agressive after cleaning their enviroment.  That said, it's likely that not holding your corn snake often enough would be the cause for a snake becoming agressive. As for corn snakes being great pets, that is very true.  I keep and breed corn snakes and Kenyan sand boas and they are both great pets for the beginner to the advanced reptile keeper. I currently have 16 corn snakes in my personal collection and 12 Kenyan sand boas.  If you are interested in a new corn snake or a Kenyan sand boa, you can look up my page on Facebook by searching for Tails of Scales, like my page and leave a comment.  
Tracey - 2016-01-30
Had a corn snake 5.5 yrs. old. Suddenly died today. Lower body convulsing. She lifted her upper body & opened her mouth wide then keeled over!? Dead. Almost looked like acting. Was so fast

christy - 2015-03-07
I have a albino motley king i have had him since he was 10mths hes now almost 2yrs for the first time hes not interested in eating..its been 3 weeks almost im a bit concerned bc for him this is abnormal... any educated advice?

  • Clarice Brough - 2015-03-11
    There are many reasons why the snake may not be eating, and some have been known to go for 3 months or longer. It is important that he is drinking though, even if he won't eat. Here's a few  reasons they may not eat: could be getting ready to shed, may simply not be hungry due to having been fed too frequently previously, might be too cold, environment may have been changed and the snake is nervous or stressed, may have a digestive problem, there could be loud music causing vibration in the cage. Look closely at the surroundings and the food you are offering for clues. It's not something to get too worried about right away, but if it goes on for too long, you may want to take the snake to a vet for a check up.
Anonymous - 2015-02-17
I just got 2 albino corn snakes. I fed them. I separated them to feed them. Then it was time for me to go to bed. I checked on them. They were fine. They were laying with each other. When I woke up, one snake was gone. The bigger snake ate the little one (they were around the same size). Is that normal? Did I do anything wrong?

  • Clarice Brough - 2015-02-18
    Make sure and be certain that one of them didn't get out. However, although it isn't common for them to eat each other, they can, and the younger they are the bigger the risk.