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Albino Corn Snake

Family: Colubridae Picture of an Albino Corn SnakeElaphe guttata
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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... (more)  christy

   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
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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.
Kristen - 2012-05-25
Hi!! I just got my son an albino corn snake. Her name is Coral. We love her. She has grown to love my son and just rests on his arm while he holds her. Is it ok to use newspaper for her cage?

  • justin - 2015-02-14
    newspaper is fine i personally use a bath towel or indoor/outdoor carpet only because the ink may stain its belly i hope this helped you out enjoy your 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.