Animal Stories - Albino Corn Snake

Animal-World Information about: Albino Corn Snake

   Like all corn snakes, the albino corn snake makes an excellent pet for the advanced beginner.
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Dee - 2012-01-12
I put my 5 ft albino rat snake who is all white in the tub to take off his shed and his skin stayed red when he ultimately died 3 days later. What does that mean. I have 4 more snakes usually soak them in water and help pull their shed off. Did I do it too early or something wrong?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-01-15
    So sorry to hear about your snake. It sounds like you may have soaked it before it was ready to shed. Soaking a snake can help, but it is best used when there is a problem with shedding.

    Snakes are able to shed naturally when they are ready, and usually in one piece. They build up a liquid of essential oils between the old and new layer of skin. You can tell they are getting ready to shed because their skin color becomes dull and their eyes become clouded. In order to shed properly, they need to have adequate humidity in their enclosure. Humidity levels that are too low is the biggest cause of shedding problems.

    Sometimes snakes need help if part of the shed is not releasing. The problem with soaking is it robs the snake of these essential oils. When you soak a snake, they should only be allowed to stay in the water for 10 to 15 minutes at most. If that doesn't do the trick, then soaking will not work. The most important thing you can do, is make sure the humidity is kept at the proper level.
Brandy - 2011-01-10
We have an albino corn snake that was a Christmas Present for our then 10 years old. We have had her for a little over a year now. Her name is Zero. Everyone that finds out we have her are always asking what we were thinking and honestly at first I didn't think that I would like or have much to do w/ her. But, over the last year I have grown to love her as much as our other pets. She is very much a part of our family. She has a personality of her own, would never dare to bite one of us (altought I'm sure if she didn't feel safe she would for protection). She is beautiful, white w/ the pinkish spots and of course her red eyes are so amazing. She has gown quite a bit since we first got her. Honestly, I would much rather get another corn snake then a cat, dog, bird, or any other kind of pet. With the proper care they do not stink, or make a mess. They are easy to feed and care for. They make a really wonderful pet for our sons and our family. We hope she will be in our family for many, many years to come.

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  • Random person - 2011-10-22
    Really! My snake kind of that bad her cage can get messy from poo...are those bad!?
  • Mikayla - 2012-01-13

    Yes that's bad! They could crawl over it and then get so used to it that if you do clean it, they'll probably strike you( Which isn't a big deal really) and get really mad at you. Just letting you know.
Mikayla - 2012-01-13
My Albino Red Rat Snake,Alby, has been healthy for 2 weeks, which is as long as I've had him. We lost him in our house for a week and we found him only to be introduced by Cleo, the baby Columbian Red-Tail Boa. Alby was really mad when we found him, but I held him and thought he'd be okay. Today however, when I picked him up, he had a dent that went from one side of his body to under him and it was caved half-way in. He was also harder than usual. This started freaking me outl I thought it was of dehydration, but Alby had plenty of water and was resting in it for an hour yesterday AND today. Please tell me what's wrong with my little Alby.

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  • Mikayla - 2012-01-22
    I forgot to mention that he was hurt AFTER he was found, I don't know how. Like, when I found him, perfect condition, day later, bump.
James Coleman - 2012-01-11
Hi I just got my baby albino yesterday and was just wondering that when I try to get him out he keeps striking should I still pick him out after he has done this to tame him down,?

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  • Mikayla - 2012-01-13
    Yes, I have one myself and he got out and was lost for a week. We found him behind the file cabinet right after we got a new Columbian Redtail Boa, anyways. My snake was striking and shaking his tail like a Rattle Snake. I was scared, but they have no teeth and are really small when babies. I tamed mine pretty quick. If he continues doing this, pick him up with a paper towel to tame him more efficiently. Hope you enjoy you Albino Red Rat Snake! :)
anonomys - 2011-10-24
What does it mean when a snake makes a sneezing sound? Does it mean they are hissing and angry? My snake Pinky always makes sounds like that and I don't know what it means.

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  • Random person - 2011-10-24
    I do not know..........
  • Mikayla - 2012-01-03
    Well it depends. Sometimes their angry and they try striking your hand and they make a sort of sneezing sound. Sometimes it's just plain sneezing. If you could send some sort of video somewhere sometime,maybe I could figure it out. BTW I think the name Pinky is really cute,since they eat Pinky mice and things ;)
  • Graham Marshall - 2012-01-03
    If it's sneezing often, then it can be down to respiratory problems, you need to check the humidity of your setup, because you may be giving him a cold, if he continues, or he looks like there's any discharge from his nose mouth or eyes, then you need to get him checked out by a vet.
Shelly Harrison - 2009-08-30
I recently acquired an albino corn snake for my classroom. I am trying to use frozen "pinkies". Last week went fine and she ate the pinkie with no problems after thawing it first. This week she doesn't seem interested. Any advice would be appreciated.

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  • Stacey Dillard - 2010-02-23
    In Aug. my albino cornsnake Bastian will be 20 years old. He is a wonderful pet. He loves to be held (or at least doesn't seem to mind it) He seems to recognize me by my smell, when I hold him, he gets very very still. When anyone else holds him he is constantly moving. When I got Bastian he was the same size as a new pencil, now he is 5 1/2 feet long. He is having a hard time holding weight now so he is pretty thin when he used to be much hardier. When I got Bastian I fed him pinkies twice a week for about the first six to eight months. Might have been a little too long but I was afraid a live mouse would bite him. To feed him the pinkies I would take the pinkie out of the freezer and put it into a cup of warm water until the pinkie was no longer cold inside, then I would take the pinkie from the water and gently squeeze the water from it and dry it off, then I would use a pair of tweezers to hold the pinkie and wiggle it in front of Bastian until he struck. If I fed him more than twice a week he would just throw it back up undigested. I don't know if all that I did was correct, but I don't know anyone else with a twenty year old cornsnake so it couldn't be all wrong.
  • Baron - 2010-05-13
    "Pet snakes would usually eat every other day."
  • Ryan - 2010-05-13
    "corn snakes and other snakes always eat every other day.good luck whith your albino corn snake."
  • vincent - 2010-05-30
    Make sure that the pinkie is warm, you can do that by getting some hot water and holding the pinkie in the water till its warm. I wouldn't let it get too hot though.
  • chelsea - 2010-07-25
    Hi, i have the same animal, my snake wouldn't eat for almost three weeks and I took him to the pet shop and he was just about to shed. They can actually go for about a month or two without eating which of course they would probably be hungry but they can survive. If your snake doesn't eat within a month and a few weeks I would take him/her in, to check to be sure everything is going well. But for now don't worry he/she is fine. :) Give him/her time. Also make sure the pinkie is completely un- frozen that could really hurt them. Make sure once you thaw it, it is about human temperature.
  • Nicole - 2010-09-30
    Those two guys saying corns should eat every second day are mistaken. A very young snake should eat twice a week, while the older ones only need appropriately-sized food once a week. The only times that my snakes haven't been interested in their thawed food I found that if I warmed the mouse up a bit more with more warm water they would take it. Or maybe the snake just didn't notice the food, in which case wiggling the food around a bit so the snake sees it might help. Just make sure your fingers are out of the way so you don't get nipped accidentally.
  • sonia collins - 2010-10-22
    The snake might just be a bit frightened leave it until the next week or it could be agitated as snakes take around a week to digest food and like to be left alone around this time so next week when you feed it and it still seems hungry give it another one and as it gets bigger increase the size of the pinkies go to for better information I hope this assists you in your plight.
  • LARRY - 2010-10-25
    I have the same problem.
  • Andrew Jones - 2010-12-20
    Well I also have an albino corn snake he would not eat if he is stressed but if you put it in a container away from his home and let him calm down acre mins then drop the pinky in and he looked at it a while and finally ate it they only should eat two times a week.
  • Random person - 2011-10-22
    Some snakes may be picky like that, my snake Pinky will not eat any white mice so we started to give her black mice and she doesn't refuse so try giving her different mice.
Anonymous - 2011-05-16
My snake had a good appetite up till spring and now is not interested in food. I know she is looking for a mate but how long will she go without food? Last year was only for about 6 weeks. Been 8 now. thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-16
    People are concerned when some of their corn snakes go up to 2 1/2 months without eating during breeding season. Hang in there - seems to be normal. I imagine it gets a little scary though.
Robin Cummings - 2011-08-12
Hi I just got an albino corn snake ...snow ball...She's all white. I don't know how to tell what kind of corn snake...She's 6 years. I don't know the sex yet. No hurry, I just call her...her...lolo

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-13
    cute name
Patrick - 2010-08-08
I have an eleven year old albino corn snake. He has not shed a full skin in many months. We are feeding him 3 mice every 2 weeks, should we be feeding more? How do we get him to shed a full skin like he used to? Also, I am going to college four hours away and have thought about taking him with me. Is he too old to move, or is it ok to move him? Any help is appreciated, thanks!

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  • sonia collins - 2010-10-22
    go to or and
  • Isaiah - 2010-11-05
    The reason he stopped shedding is he is older.
  • Ryan - 2010-12-22
    You are feeding him too often. One large mouse every three weeks is about perfect. Power feeding will cause him all kinds of problems.
  • dan - 2011-07-31
    Check your humidity it may be too low.
brett - 2011-02-14
My poor cornsnake won't eat and is constantly pushing on the mesh at the top of his cage trying to get out. This was not his behavior the first 5 months I had him and nothing has changed, is a spring thing or is something wrong? Someone suggested mites but I haven't seen any evidence (red or white spots etc).