Cornsnake / Elaphe guttata

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They are called cornsnakes because they were often found eating rodents in corn stores

They are also known as red ratsnakes

Cornsnakes spend much of their time underground prowling through rodent burrows

The cornsnake is found throughout Florida and the south eastern United States, from southern New Jersey to Louisiana. In the colder parts of this range the snakes hibernate during winter. However, in the more temperate areas they shelter in rock crevices and logs during cold weather, and come out on warm days to soak up the heat of the sun,

During cold weather, snakes are less active and therefore hunt less. Cornsnakes are constrictors. Firstly a cornsnake bites the prey in order to obtain a firm grip, then it quickly wraps one or more coils of its body around the victim. The snake then squeezes tightly until it suffocates the prey. They feed on a variety of prey. Young hatchlings tend to feed on lizards and tree frogs, while adults feed on larger prey, such as mice, rats, birds, and bats. It swallows the food whole, usually head first. However, corn snakes have also been observed swallowing small prey alive.

Corn snakes usually breed shortly after the winter cooling. The male courts the female primarily with tactile and chemical cues. If the subsequent mating is successful the female will about a month later lay 12–24 eggs which she deposits into a warm, moist, hidden location. Once laid the adult snake abandons the eggs and does not return to them. The eggs hatch approximately 62-65 days after laying, The young snakes use a specialised scale on their snout called an egg tooth to slice slits in the egg shell when they are hatching.