Our pet Corn Snake 

Introduction and photographs

Way back in 2001 I was sitting with my family in the middle of Hastings town centre, when my daughter who was only about three started shouting “Snake, snake, snake!”. You don't normally get many snakes in Hastings, so at first though she had spotted a toy one, but on top of a pushchair near us was a clear box with a Corn snake ( Pantherophis guttatus ) in it. We asked Joanne if she was scared, but she said no, she wanted one!!! My ex-wife and I were both interested in more exotic pets, so decided there and then to get one. We researched suitable pet snakes and virtually everywhere recommended Corn snakes as an ideal first step into the fascinating world of herpetology (the branch of zoology concerned with reptiles and amphibians). 

Corn snakes are normally friendly, most are easy to handle and take care of, they are not venomous (some people say poisonous, but poisonous means that you can't eat them, venomous means you get ill from their bites, so they are very different things). Corn snakes are a species of Rat snake, they are called Corn snakes as they are most commonly found around grain stores, living off the rats and mice that eat the corn. If you spot a Corn snake in the wild, please make sure it is before you approach it as Copperhead snakes are sometimes mistaken for Corn snakes and Copperheads are venomous!

To quote Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald

There are no strange creatures only blinkered people

A slightly close up photo of one of my Corn Snakes eyes, I couldn't get much closer! lol

A slightly close up photo of one of my Corn Snakes eyes, I couldn't get much closer! lol

Rex off for a drink in her vivarium, she spends most of her time in there, but does get to come out sometimes

Rex off for a drink in her vivarium, she spends most of her time in there, but does get to come out sometimes

I'm not coming out yet, it's nice and warm in my house, maybe I will do later

I'm not coming out yet, it's nice and warm in my house, maybe I will do later

Rex sitting on my hand, I converted my hand to black and white for this photo to help show off her beautiful colours

Rex sitting on my hand, I converted my hand to black and white for this photo to help show off her beautiful colours

A close up of the side of Rex, Corn Snakes like other types are completely covered in scales

A close up of the side of Rex, Corn Snakes like other types are completely covered in scales

A very close up photograph of Rex, she is such a beautiful Corn Snake

A very close up photograph of Rex, she is such a beautiful Corn Snake

Do Corn Snakes reflect on what it is like to be a reptile?

Do Corn Snakes reflect on what it is like to be a reptile?

A spiraling snake, Rex twisting around herself, I think she looks cute like that

A spiraling snake, Rex twisting around herself, I think she looks cute like that

Rex the Corn Snake is very used to me taking her photo and never seems to mind at all

Rex the Corn Snake is very used to me taking her photo and never seems to mind at all

Rex dressed and ready for Christmas hiding in a furry Santa hat

Rex dressed and ready for Christmas hiding in a furry Santa hat

My Corn Snake loves to be anywhere warm that it can snuggle up, this Christmas hat is perfect for her

My Corn Snake loves to be anywhere warm that it can snuggle up, this Christmas hat is perfect for her

Snuggled up in my hoodie, Rex has only escaped twice and both times she was hiding in clothes

Snuggled up in my hoodie, Rex has only escaped twice and both times she was hiding in clothes

This will always be one of my all time photos of a Corn Snake, not just out of my photographs! It's just so very her!

This will always be one of my all time photos of a Corn Snake, not just out of my photographs! It's just so very her!

This is an old photo of my daughter Joanne posing with Rex our Corn Snake

This is an old photo of my daughter Joanne posing with Rex our Corn Snake

Excuse me, you seem to have left the door to my vivarium open, it's rather drafty with that open!

Excuse me, you seem to have left the door to my vivarium open, it's rather drafty with that open!

Rex was tiny when we first got her, she could curl up in the palm of my hand

Rex was tiny when we first got her, she could curl up in the palm of my hand