|Welcome to FSSP-Roma|
|Located in St. Josef, DC|
Our price list for 2009 is now updated.
|At FSSP-Roma, we offer a large selection of the most popular corn snake varieties. Our personal customer service and satisfaction guarantee insure that you will have a great experience with your new corn snake.|
|Available Corn Snakes for Sale|
|2009 Hatchlings We are now into the 2009 season!|
New hatchlings are now available s
We have a few 2008 hatchlings left!
There are individual pictures of the snakes that are available right now --
Surplus Adults We have many adults for sale. We will update the list soon, but email me if you are interested in purchasing some excellent adult corn snakes. --
|FSSP-Roma Photo Gallery|
|Check out our new and updated corn snake photo gallery. We now have 34 different corn snake varieties in our photo gallery, including new snakes that just hatched this year!|
Pictured: Opal Corn Snake
|Corn Snake Information|
|About Corn Snakes|
Corn snakes, also known as Red Rat snakes, are members of the species Pantherophis guttatus (formerly known as Elaphe gutatta gutatta). Corn snakes are one of the most popular reptiles for pets due to their very mild temperament and relative ease of care. Corn snakes come in a variety of different colors and patterns. Most wild corns or captive bred normal varieties have colors that include various shades of red, orange, brown and black. The "normal" pattern is a series of blotches along the sides and back of the corn snake that are outlined in black. This coloration and pattern can be quite variable, however. Genetic mutations of the basic wild corn have been discovered and bred into modern captive bred corn
|snakes to produce amazingly different colorations and patterns. The wild population of corn snakes is native to the southern states of the USA. Many different varieties are named according to the area where original breeding stock was captured in the wild. Two examples include Miami Corn Snakes, which originated in Southern Florida, and Okeetee, which originated near the Okeetee Hunt Club in North Carolina. Corn snakes are colubrids, so they are closely related to rat snakes, milk snakes, and king snakes. Now, most corn snakes come from captive breeding. They are about 8 - 12 inches when newly hatched, and can grow to be about four to six feet in length in as little as two years. more |
|Housing Corn Snakes|
The basic needs for a corn snake include food, water, proper temperature, an enclosure that allows for movement, a type of bedding material or substrate, a shelter or place to hide, and proper lighting. The right enclosure for a corn snake depends on the size of the snake. For an adult, a 20 or 25 gallon glass reptile terrarium with a tight fitting screen lid makes an ideal vivarium for a corn snake. For a hatchling up to about a 36 inch juvenile, a 7 inch by 12 inch reptile enclosure, which can be purchased at most pet stores, works very well. A
|typical setup would include a reptile heat pad on the outside bottom of the cage at one end to provide a warm end (around 85 degrees F) while the cool end is in the range of 75 to 80 degrees F. Good substrates include shredded aspen, ReptiBark, newspapers, paper towels, or astroturf. There are also many other commercially available substrates that can be used for corn snakes. It is best to have a substrate that can either be regularly changed or cleaned. Do not use cedar, pine, or fir for bedding. They contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful to your snake. more |
|Feeding Corn Snakes|
Corn snakes in the wild will eat a variety of different foods, including lizards, birds, and small rodents. Anoles and other lizards provide the main food source, and as such, baby corn snakes often prefer lizards over mice. However, because of the large supply of mice available and the low cost, they are the preferred food item for corn snakes. The size of mouse to feed the snake depends on the size of the snake. New hatchlings will normally eat the smallest size pinkie mouse available. As the corn snake grows, the size of the food item can be increased proportionally. Generally we feed a mouse that is approximately the same or slightly larger diameter than the diameter of the snake at it’s largest girth. Feeding too small a mouse may restrict the
|growth rate of the snake, while feeding too large a mouse may cause the snake to regurgitate the meal. Most owners feed corn snakes frozen thawed mice. These can be purchased at most pet stores or they can be ordered in bulk from various internet providers. The advantage of the bulk order is in the price of the individual mice can be much less then at a local pet shop. As in behavior, feeding tendencies are variable for different snakes. Some will readily eat whenever food is offered; while others will only eat on their own schedule. Most of our corn snakes will readily eat an appropriate size food item twice per week. Some, however, prefer to eat only once per week. Many corn snakes will not eat during the shedding process. more |
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