What Is an Albino Corn Snake?

Christina Edwards
Christina Edwards
Albino corn snakes in captivity are often fed crickets.
Albino corn snakes in captivity are often fed crickets.

An albino corn snake is type of corn snake that is has a much lighter pigment than other types of corn snakes. It is a popular pet for many snake enthusiasts. Albino corn snakes typically require a large enclosure with a heat source. Fresh water and food are also essential for a healthy snake.

Known scientifically as Elepha guttata, the corn snake is a type of rat snake indigenous to the eastern region of North America. A normal corn snake has an orange body with a black and white belly. Reddish saddles on its back are outlined with black, and its eyes are black.

Albino corn snakes are sometimes referred to as candy cane corn snakes. Unlike a regular corn snake, an albino corn snake has a white or very light orange body. It also has red saddles that are not outlined by black. One of the most noticeable characteristics of an albino corn snake, however, is its bright red eyes.

In the wild, corn snakes typically live less than ten years. On the other hand, a captive albino corn snake can live longer than 20 years with proper care. During this time, it may grow to be around 5 feet (1.8 meters) in length.

Since this snake can grow to be so large, an albino corn snake enclosure should be large as well. Juveniles can usually live in smaller enclosures, like 20 gallon aquariums. As the snake gets older and larger, however, larger aquariums are usually necessary. Some owners may choose to build their own snake enclosure from wood and thermoplastic, commonly known as Plexiglas®.

It is important to have a snake enclosure that is nearly impossible for an albino corn snake to escape from. All small holes should be sealed, no matter how small they are. Doors and lids should be secured, either with latches or heavy objects.

Like other types of pet snakes, an albino corn snake is a cold-blooded creature, and it needs an external heat source. An under-tank heater is usually best for these types of snakes, since the light given off by a light bulb can be irritating to their skins. Some snake owners choose to use a heater under only half of the tank to prevent it from overheating. A thermometer can be used to monitor the internal temperature of the enclosure, which should be around 80 degrees F (27 degrees C) during the day and 68 degrees F (20 degrees C) at night

Different types of substrates, or bedding, are also available for individuals who own an albino corn snake. Artificial turf can be used, but many snake owners use wood chips or sand. If these substrates are used, however, it is best to remove the snake from the enclosure during feeding time to ensure that it does not ingest any substrate.

Corn snakes are constrictor snakes, and in the wild, they will usually feed on small animals, like insects or rodents. Snakes in captivity, on the other hand, should be fed pre-killed food. Crickets and baby mice, are usually sufficient for baby snakes

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Discussion Comments


I think the eyes are the coolest part of an albino corn snake. Our professor had brought in his albino corn snake once for us to see and the completely red eyes was the most striking characteristic. I'm always amazed by snakes eyes. Our professor said that they can't see too well though. Apparently, albino corn snakes mostly rely on scent and heat to understand their environment. In fact, around shedding time, they can barely see and will have trouble getting around too.


@serenesurface-- As far as I know, these snakes are not really albino. They were probably named as such because of their light color. And albino corn snakes actually come in a wide variety of colors.

My friend has a pet albino corn snake. Apparently, this was one of the first snake species to be kept as pets and the make great pets because of their calm, friendly demeanor.

I would have liked to keep one but I don't think I could de-freeze baby mice and feet it to a snake. If I ever keep a snake, I think it will be a species that only feeds on insects or eggs.


As far as I know, albino is when skin lacks color pigments. This condition can affect humans and animals. Is the albino corn snake really albino or is it just called that way?

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      Albino corn snakes in captivity are often fed crickets.