Corn Snake


Corn snakes tend to be brown and red-orange, but colors vary with region and can include gray and yellow. Pet corn snakes can range in color from white,  yellow, to black, though most retain the primary red/brown colors through breeding. Although corn snakes are not venomous, they can sometimes be mistaken for venomous southern copperheads. Corn snakes are a constrictor species. Over half of their diet consists of rodents such as rats, mice and other mammal prey, such as moles. In Florida, their diet consists mainly of reptiles and amphibians. This may be a cause for this region’s smaller snake sizes. Corn snakes will climb trees and swallow bird eggs from unguarded nests as well. Corn snakes may be found in the eastern United States from southern New Jersey south through Florida, west into Louisiana and parts of Kentucky. However, corn snakes are most abundant in Florida and the southeastern U.S.

Our Current Resident

Jonnie, Male - Hatched February 2, 2007

Jonnie is a partially albino corn snake and a pet surrender from Big Sky Vet; he came to ZooMontana in 2011. His owner brought him to the vet after his pet cat got into Jonnie's enclosure and scratched his eye, permanently blinding him on his left side. It's all fun and games...  


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Genus: Pantherophis
  • Species: Pantherophis guttatus

Animal Facts

  • Carnivore: eats meat such as mice, rats, birds, and bats
  • Population: stable
  • Habitat: Grasslands
  • Diurnal: active during the day

Our Animals