Corn snakes are America’s favorite reptile pets. One of the reasons is their absolutely stunning appearances. You’ll find everything from an all-white stunner with blazing red eyes to silver bellies and dark scales. Did you know there are around 800 corn snake morphs out there? It’s true!
So, is that why my friend’s corn snake is red, and mine’s plain gray? Or is mine sick?
Your pet isn’t sick. He’s anerythristic, a corn snake with no red hues!
Anerythristic, or anery, means lacking the red pigment that gives corn snakes their bright hues. It is why anerythristic corn snakes are gray and black in color. Some might even be brown with hints of yellow. That’s the only major difference between anery corn snakes and other species.
Ready to learn more about these neutral-colored slitherers? We have all the answers. Keep scrolling.
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Are Anery Corn Snakes Good Pets?
Corn snakes make great reptile pets. They are docile and friendly, having no qualms about being handled or interacted with. No biting, no aggressive hissing. Kids, novice snake keepers, and advanced hobbyists can all keep a corn snake as a pet.
Anery corn snakes have all the same friendly qualities as other corn snakes. They are easy to feed – keep the rodents ready! But make sure you follow a feeding routine. Corn snakes don’t know when to stop munching. If you don’t stop offering them food, they’ll happily become obese and lazy.
Since corn snakes are readily available everywhere, finding an anery corn snake is easy. Plus, they have a unique look that is sure to turn heads.
So, yes, anery corn snakes are good pets.
Types of Anerythristic Corn Snakes
Wow, there are types?
Yep. There are two types of Anery corns:
- Anery A
- Anery B
What’s the difference between the two?
Anery A corns are also known as the Black Albino corn snake morph. The Anery B corns are called the Pine Island Black Albino.
Both these types have one thing in common – a lack of red and orange colors. The only difference is that Anery A corns develop a yellow coloring on the sides of their neck and mouth as they reach maturity. Anery B’s don’t.
What type is my new pet?
Well, you’ll be able to tell when he grows into an adult.
What Does an Anerythristic Corn Snake Look Like?
Here are some features of Anery corn snakes that’ll help you tell one apart from his cousins.
Anyerythristic means lacking a red pigment, erythrin, that gives a corn snake its bright scales. It is why Anery snakes boast neutral shades like charcoal gray, brown, black, cream, and sometimes beige.
Anery corn snakes have the typical V-shaped pattern behind the eyes and a nice band of black across the nose. However, some Anery snakes tend to have darker heads with varying shades of gray.
Anery A corns develop a mustard yellow hue on the sides of their necks as they reach maturity. Anery B corns don’t get this yellow color.
Anery corn snakes have black pupils with gray or black irises. Some might even have silver irises. Simply gorgeous.
The body of an Anery corn snake is no different than a regular one. Smooth and slender. The pattern of stripes, blotches, or rings will depend on the morph of the snake. Anery corns might have a pattern that resembles a patchwork quilt, irregular spots, or checkerboard scales. The borders are deep black.
And the hatchlings? Are they all gray too?
Baby Anery corns have dark patches with a white base. As they get older, the patches become lighter until they are mostly gray.
Belly and Tail
An Anery corn snake’s belly has pretty black and white checkers. In contrast, the tail matches the pattern and shade of the rest of the body.
8 Anerythrisitic Corn Snake Morphs
Morph is like fashion for snakes. It’s a fancy word for the color and pattern of the snake, which can be determined by its genetics.
Are morphs naturally occurring?
Nope. Morphs are a result of selective breeding. Breeders do it to add the ‘cool’ traits of one type of snake to another. Sometimes it’s a fifty-fifty combination. Other times, breeders try to combine five (or more) unique traits.
We have highlighted a few that you can find in the pet trade:
Moonstone Corn Snake
Behold the captivating Moonstone corn snake – a gene mutation of Anery and Lavender corn snakes! This striking beauty boasts a lustrous coat of silky white scales adorned with a gentle pink blush and purple-gray markings. Their eyes are beautifully burgundy.
Carbon Corn Snake
This incredible morph is known as “Carbon” in the snake world! It’s a cool mix of Anerythristic and Charcoal genes. These snakes rock a light brown or beige body with a rad gray pattern. They are the Anery A type.
Blizzard Corn Snake
A wild-caught Anery B morph was crossed with a Charcoal morph to get these strikingly beautiful snakes. Blizzard corns rock an all-white body with a fierce red gaze and a barely visible pattern.
Snow Tessera Corn Snake
Snow Tessera corns have a triple trait combo – Amel, Tessera, and Anery. This means they have the albino gene (Amel), silver and white dorsal pattern (Tessera), plus a gray pattern on their bellies (Anery). As they age, their bellies will gradually turn to silver.
Anery Tessera Corn Snake
These black and white patterned snakes have a dominant Tessera gene and a recessive Anery gene. Their bellies are white, while their dorsal are black and silver. As they grow older, the black fades, revealing a lovely white and gray pattern.
Anery Black Corn Snake
This morph has an even darker variation of the Anery gene. If you look closely, you will notice that the pattern is still present – it is just a lot darker than other Anery corns. The eye color is usually dark gray or black, with an occasional hint of silver.
Coral Snow Motley Corn Snake
These snakes break the ‘no red factor’ rule. That’s right – they boast unique light orange-red skin thanks to the Strawberry gene. The Motley gene gives them their funky patterns. Coral Snow corns are eye-catching, to say the least.
Bubblegum Snow Corn Snake
We only have one word for these beauties – breathtaking! Bubblegum Snow corns are a combination of selectively-bred Snow and recessive Amel and Anery genes. Their bodies are light pink, with a lovely yellowish-green pattern. And so these corns are also known as the “green and pink” snakes.
How to Care for an Anerythristic Corn Snake?
Anery Corns want two things from you: a comfortable home and tasty food.
If you provide them with both, they’ll happily live trouble-free lives.
What do they want their homes to be like?
Find all your answers below.
Creating a Habitat
We know you love your pet snake. But do you know what your pet snake loves in his home? No?
Don’t worry. We have some tips.
Anery corn snakes are sleek and stretchy. They can reach a whopping 5 feet when all grown up! But they are also reasonable. They don’t ask you to build them a castle. They’ll be happy in their modest-sized 20-gallon kingdom.
These corn snakes are avid climbers, so throw in plenty of branches and perches for them to slither and coil around.
Alright, here’s the deal with corn snakes and lighting: they don’t exactly need it. But a low UVB light can jazz things up for them! It’s like a sneaky secret to give their bodies an extra boost of vitamin D and calcium.
To keep your Anery corn snake feeling cozy and in control, give him a cool and warm side in his tank.
Keep the cool side between 75 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, crank up the heat on the warm side to around 85 degrees Fahrenheit, complete with a basking spot that hits 92 degrees Fahrenheit.
Tip: Give them snaky VIP treatment by adding basking lamps and heating pads.
Guess what keeps your Anery corn snake’s scales glossy? Humidity. That’s the ultimate snake skin care and shedding secret.
Aim for a sweet spot between 40% and 50% humidity.
Get a hydrometer, parent!
Your pet corn snake loves burrowing and, of course, humidity. So, you’ll have to give him the softest and the most moisture-retaining substrate.
Err, what would that be?
Aspen! It is absorbent, has a neutral pH level, and is so comfy! Plus, it’s completely odor-free – your Anery corn snake will be happy!
Feeding an Anery Corn Snake
Anerythristic corn snakes are purely non-veg! They like meat. In the wild, they enjoy amphibians and small rodents for their meals.
Yep, still rodents.
But your pet anerythristic corn snake now depends on you. Feed them small mice and hamsters. They approve of chicks and quails too.
Should I feed my Anery corn snake daily?
Oh, no! Juvenile corn snakes, the little foodie machines, prefer gobbling up a tasty meal every 7-10 days. And once these slithering superstars hit adulthood, once every 21 days will do!
Anerythristic Corn Snake Health Issues
An Anery corn snake will live for eight to ten years in captivity if you take good care of him. Find a good exotic vet in your area before you bring your new pet home.
Will my Anery corn snake get sick too often?
No, no! He’ll do just fine. But that doesn’t mean he won’t have any health issues.
Here’s what you might have to deal with:
Your pet can get greedy when it comes to food. So, if he eats more than his body wants, he’ll have a bloated tummy. Incorrect humidity levels can be a reason too.
Mites are mites! They can enter your Anery corn snake’s tank through plants, wood shavings, or even you. Watch out for these!
Upper Respiratory Infections
Respiratory infections are a common health hiccup in corn snakes. There are a few causes:
- Poor tank conditions
- Murky water
- Lack of vitamin A
Mouth rot is a scary name, but it’s an easy fix. Look for inflamed, red tissue in your pet’s mouth. It’s a sign of mouth rot.
Take your Anery corn snake to a vet, and they’ll prescribe antibiotics to get it sorted!
Anery Corn Snake Breeding
Here’s the lowdown on corn snake breeding and family planning:
A female corn snake reaches sexual maturity at 30 months of age. The guys are quicker – they are ready to mate when they turn 18 months old.
Corn snakes mate through their cloacal openings. Your female anerythristic corn snake will show signs of pregnancy after five weeks of conceiving. She’ll want more food.
You can expect about 30 eggs in the clutch that’ll hatch in eight weeks.
Anerythristic Corn Snake Cost
An anery corn snake can cost anywhere between $50 and $150, depending on the morph.
You must also factor in the cost of raising one. From the tank to the heating and substrate cost, expect to shell another $90.
Anery Corn Snake Shedding and Brumating
A corn snake will shed his skin two to six times per year. The tank’s humidity level will make a difference.
The brumation period for corn snakes, the time when their metabolism, activity, and appetite all take a snooze, is between September and December.
Anery Corn Snakes – The Captivating Reptiles
Anery corn snakes are perfect pet reptiles. They are easy to take care of, don’t take up much space, and come in a range of morphs. The reason they aren’t as colorful as their other corn cousins is that they lack the red factor from the pigment erythrin.
Did you find the information in this article helpful?
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