Corns are great snakes! They are extremely docile and friendly little snakes :)
They should be kept with a heating pad rather than a heat lamp, although some people do use lamps. Heat pads are just safer, provide good belly heat for snakes, and don't dry out the tank humidity so much. If you have a heat pad make sure to get a thermostat to control the heat output. At least one thermometer is important too (get the digital ones with a probe and place it under the aspen over where the heat pad is - do not use those cheap dial thermometers that stick onto surfaces because they are never accurate).
Adult corn snakes should be housed in a 20 gal long tank or larger. Aspen is the most popular bedding choice, but carefresh works well too.
You need to set up a temperature gradient in the tank. The "hot side" should be between 82-85*F and the "cool side" should be in the mid to high 70s.
Keep the water bowl on the cool side, make sure clean water is available 24/7. Most people chance out the water every day or every other day. If people try to tell you that their corns would only eat live it's probably because their husbandry was not good enough and their snakes were not happy. Also, a lot of new owners panic if their snakes don't eat for one or two weeks. Corns can go months without eating and be just fine. Their are lots of techniques you can use to entice a picky eater to take frozen thawed mice. Feeding live mice should be an absolutely last resort.
They need at least two hiding places, one on the warm side and one on the cool side.
Feed frozen/thawed mice! Corn snakes almost always (like 99.99%) accept and thrive on frozen thawed mice. It reduces the change of injury to the snake and it more humane for the mouse. It also reduced risks of parasite transmission. Snakes DO NOT need to "play out" their hunting instincts. They do really well on frozen thawed!
Feed adults corns every week or every other week - be aware of obesity problems. Young snakes usually eat every 5-7 weeks. Invest in a good gram scale and follow something called the "Munson Plan" (google it!) for feeding snakes.
I think that's about it!
Last edited by xStatic; 04-15-2014 at 05:16 PM.