The corn snake is a non-poisonous prairie snake that lives preferentially in corn crops, where it finds protection, hiding and food. Its main food are rats, mice, bats, eggs, birds, lizards and frogs.
The head is flattened and very different than the body, with a short, rounded snout and circular eyes with dark pupils. The body colour is orangey, pinkish, yellowish, brown or grey, with large black, red, brown or grey splotches all along the dorsal and smaller marks along the flanks.
This species is primarily nocturnal, although they are also frequently spotted at dusk and the earliest hours of the day. They spend long hours hiding under leaves on the ground, under stones, buried in the sand or inside hollow tree trunks. Although considered a land snake, they can also climb trees.
The corn snake is quite common in captivity, as they adapt well and reproduce without problems and can even be handled easily.