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Albino Corn Snake

Family: Colubridae Picture of an Albino Corn SnakeElaphe guttata
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i dont have a snake but my dad did have one and i saw it and i ran for the bath room because it was so scary and when it was actually slithering under the door and... (more)  darlene.harris

   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

darlene.harris - 2014-12-15
i dont have a snake but my dad did have one and i saw it and i ran for the bath room because it was so scary and when it was actually slithering under the door and it bit me it hurt.

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-12-15
    Well I sincerely doubt that was a corn snake, and it sounds kind of strange for any snake unless it was being harrassed. Snakes are pretty scared of people, and prefer to hide and be left alone. But if cornered, they may defend themselves.
Kristy Lucas - 2014-09-21
I got me a albino creamsicle almost a year ago. every time I feed him I give him 2 days alone. After 2 day's I get him out and take him outside. (you can see when they have to poop) I did this everytime. Everyday I give him fresh water and I hold his head near it and he drinks some. well for 2 days he refused water so on the second day I decided to take him out... and wala he peed. :) I brought him back inside and he drank some water. took alot of care, love, & patience to make my snake trained to use the bathroom outside. so for all you just now getting one I suggest doing the above. it's not easy, but it saves the trouble of cleaning or smelling a nasty cage and it saves money due to not having to clean the cage alot. :)

vanity - 2014-03-16
I just purchased a female albino corn snake last night. I popped her today to confirm it was in fact a female. I was scared to hurt her and I still am scared that she's gonna die because I popped her. She hides a lot. I've tried avoiding handling. How long should I wait before handling her? Should I just wait till after her first feeding?

  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    It's generally suggested that you wait at least a week before handling a new corn snake, to give it time to acclimate to its new home.
Jillian - 2012-04-15
Angel is my Snow Albino Corn snake which I acquired as a 10 inch baby in February of 2006. At approximately 54 inches long and a circumference of about 5 1/2 inches, after the cloaca the circumference drops to about 2 inches. This has been like this for about 4 years. Just recently I noticed brown spots on the underside for approximately 6 inches from the cloaca up towards the head. She (I don't know the actual sex) has not eaten for 6 weeks, rejecting 5 different frozen mice. She is very active and has a new 'playmate' in our cat. He loves to sit atop her aquarium and watch her and she loves to reach to the top and they sniff each other through the screen. Is it possible she wants to eat the cat? Are any of these things related??? Thanks for any help you can lend :)

  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-15
    I have had boas that have almost seemed to make friends with the feeder I have put in. Biggest issue is that the cat can easily hurt the snake. Sounds like a curiousity thing over a food thing. Still wouldn't chance hurting eother.
  • Anonymous - 2012-06-01
    My corn snake rejected frozen pinkies for almost a month. Today I fed it a live pinkie for the first time. It pounced on it after 30 seconds of examining it.
  • Anonymous - 2012-06-20
    Look I am a beginner and does it have teeth is it venimous?
  • Michael geller - 2013-09-09
    I have 2 cats and a creamsicle corn snake myself. First off I strongly discourage letting your cat sit on top of the snakes tank. A few reasons why I think that is because the lid can simply break due to the cats weight, leading to the snake getting hurt, getting out or being crushed. My cat loves to sit in front of the snakes tank and watch him and gently paw the screen. My snake doesn't mind it that much but it sounds like yours has been rejecting food for a long time. Put a lock on the door, let the snake be cat free for a week or a few days and try feeding him then. Hope that helps, best of luck :)