HARMLESS (Non-Venomous). The Eastern Corn Snake is primarily active at night. It is both a terrestrial burrower and extremely good climber. It is found under rocks and logs, and in trees under bark and within palm fronds.
It feeds on lizards, frogs, rodents, and birds and their eggs.
It lays eggs. Breeding occurs from April-June, 3-40 eggs are laid during the summer, and newborns hatch from July-September. It can live up to 22 years in captivity.
The name "Corn Snake" is a holdover from the days when southern farmers stored harvested ears of corn in a wood frame or log building called a crib. Rats and mice came to the corn crib to feed on the corn, and corn snakes came to feed on the rodents. It is hard to imagine a better man-made habitat, with rafters and logs on which the snakes could climb and hide, and they were paid for using it by eating the pesky rodents.