Looking to venture into reptile ownership? A good place to start is with a corn snake -- a great animal for the first-time snake owner.
- The slender corn snake is also known as the rat snake. They start out small, and eventually grow to four to six feet long. That's according to Tasha, from Pet Co. in Normal.
- With proper care, this carnivore can live to be 20 years old, so be sure you're ready to make a commitment to its care.
- Make sure you have an appropriately sized habitat for your growing snake, and make sure the little guy can't get out -- they're notorious escape artists!
- Aspen shavings make a comfortable bed, plus you'll need a variety of small enclosures and rocks for the snake.
- Corn snakes are pretty laid back, but you need to supervise young children, if they want to handle the reptile.
- You'll want to feed you snake small frozen rodents. If that makes you squeamish, forget about owning a snake.
- Keep your snake's habitat healthy with a weekly cleaning.
- You could also consider adopting the Animal House Pet of the Week -- Rick, from the Humane Society of Central Illinois.