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Their name may come from the tendency to visit cornfields and grain sheds in search of small rodents, or from the markings on the body, which resemble the pattern or kernels of maize or Indian corn. They are adaptable reptiles, inhabiting a wide variety of habitats such as overgrown fields, rocky hillsides, forest openings, abandoned buildings and barns. This species is an adept burrower as well as an excellent climber. Corn snakes use constriction to subdue their prey and swallow their food whole, usually headfirst.
Eastern United States from southern New Jersy to Florida, into Louisiana and parts of Kentucky.
Young snakes tend to feed on lizards and tree frogs. Adults will feed on small mammals, birds and bats.