A ~ C ~ S~N~A~K~E~S

Snake Breeders Based in Leicestershire, England, UK      

BREEDING CORN SNAKES

 Pantherophis guttatus

Rough Guide Timetable

Pairs are normally introduced following the first slough out of brumation and mating is usually initiated fairly quickly but it is not unheard of for mating to only be initiated after the second slough out of brumation.

After successful mating it is normally around 1 month until the female completes a pre-lay slough. A gravid Cornsnake will normally go off her food quite quickly and it is advisable to reduce the size of the food offered until after her post-lay slough.

From pre-lay slough to egg laying is approximately 1 to 2 weeks. From egg laying to post-lay slough is approx 10 - 14 days.

Incubation time is approx 2 months.

If the female is double clutching, depending on your incubation temperature, hatching of the first clutch will occur at approximately the same time as the second clutch is being laid.

Brumation 2 months at 12C (54F) - 15C (59F) is recommended but not essential for successful breeding.
Incubation Temperature 25C (77F) to 29C (85F)
Expected Number of Eggs 12 to 25 eggs per clutch is usual but could quite easily be as low as 3 for small females or even over 40 for larger ones. Even from only one mating, your female could double clutch however in our experience most females do not double clutch in their first season unless they are intentionally mated many times or re-introduced after laying.
Incubation Days

Normally 60 days at a constant temperature of around 28-28.5C (82-84F).

Successful incubation has been achieved with temperatures between 25C (77F) and 29C (85F) but hatching would be expected to take anywhere between 52 and 85 days.

Incubation method See our Guide to Incubating Snake Eggs.
Caring for the Female

Gravid Corn Snakes often refuse food whilst gravid therefore we recommend offering smaller food items whilst your female is gravid.

Immediately after removing the eggs we place the female in a tub of fresh luke warm water to clean the substrate, particularly from her eyes and mouth and also to give her the chance for a much needed drink. At this time we offer her a single smaller food item and if she eats this, we continue with smaller food items a few days later, if she does not eat it we do not offer food again until after the post lay shed.

We recommend feeding your female heavily using multiple smaller food items for the first month or so after laying.

HatchlingsCornsnakes will complete their first shed around one week after hatching. In our experience, they do not normally present too much difficulty in taking their first meal.
Recommended links www.ratsnakefoundation.org

We have not experienced any particular difficulties with breeding our corn snakes.

If brumating your corns it becomes easier to know when to introduce your pairs and therefore to accurately predict when you should expect eggs which in theory makes you able to produce hatchlings whichever time of year you choose. Other than that our breeding results have been no different with or without brumation.

This breeding information guide has been written by us at AC Snakes for your information and guidance.
 
It will be updated and expanded as regularly as we are able, however it should not be used as your only source of care information.
 
Prior to purchasing or breeding any animal it is strongly recommended that you research extensively to ensure that you can provide the correct care for your pet and any resulting offspring.
 
Last updated April 2012

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