How Long Can A Corn Snake Go Without Eating

How Long Can A Corn Snake Go Without Eating

Snakes are well known for going very long periods of time without eating anything.

The reason why snakes go so long without eating is because of how they eat their prey and their slow digestive system. Snakes are unable to chew their food so they shallow it and let the acids within their bodies digest the food they consume.

Therefore the food will stay in their body for very long periods of time before they need their next meal.

So to answer the question how long can a corn snake go without eating is roughly up to 2 to 3 months.

Ideally you should not make your corn snake wait this long to feed but it is possible to leave them for awhile if you were to go on a trip or were unable to feed them for a short amount of time.

Normally people should be providing their snake with fresh water on a regular basis and give them a fresh mouse to eat once a week (or 5 to 10 days depending on their age).  Roughly 5 to 7 days for baby corn snakes and 7 to 10 days for adult corn snakes.

Even if they don't eat it as long as it is within their cage they can decide to eat the mouse once they are hungry enough.

Remember never to give more than 2 mice per week to your corn snake otherwise you are overfeeding your snake and could make it sick.

To note in the wild various types of snakes can go up to 6 months without eating but this isn't recommended as some snakes have different digestive systems than others and bigger or smaller bodies.

What do corn snake eat for food?

The primary food for a corn snake is the appropriate sized rodent compared to their body size.

For example a baby corn snake would eat the occasional frog and also lizards.

As for an adult corn snake it can eat bird eggs and birds as well. However make sure not to offer crickets as a corn snake will not recognize them as food.

Additionally corn snakes like eating mice and should be feed a baby mouse for hatchlings and a giant mouse for adult corn snakes.

As well a corn snake can learn to eat previous frozen and thawed out mice. It will take time to teach a corn snake to eat this type of food though so be prepared to feed live mice if needed.

Make sure to put the thawed mouse and corn snake in a box with holes with the lid on tight and away from a heat source so that the snake can concentrate on eating its food.

Do corn snakes need fresh water?

Make sure to provide a corn snake with fresh water every few days before it gets old.

Put it in a heavy bowl in the corner of the cage as they snake will go around the edge of the cage at night.

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