Are you looking to buy a corn snake, but you’re wondering which kind to get?
Are you an experienced reptile owner looking for a special kind of corn snake?
Morphs, or special-looking versions of the reptile, are a fun twist on the standard corn snake.
But there are a lot out there, and it is hard to pick the best corn snake morphs.
The best corn snake morph is the one you’re most interested in. Some are more expensive than others, but the different colors, patterns, and scale-types make them each very unique and interesting.
Read on for more details on the best corn snake morphs.
For more information on corn snakes in general, check out our corn snake guide.
How Do Morphs Work?
Morphs are the result of selective breeding of corn snakes.
Breeders notice and track changes in color in their pets.
When they find two corn snakes with a specific color, they breed these two snakes, which, in turn, results in a new coloring or pattern combination.
They continue and track on and on, creating thousands of variants.
Where Can I Find Morphs?
Morphs are challenging to track down.
Pet stores won’t carry them often.
We recommend using a reputable breeder to buy these morphs.
Find these breeders online or by asking your local exotic pet vet if they know anyone.
If you are shopping online, make sure they’re legitimate with the following checklist:
- User reviews
- Description of the shipping process (where applicable)
- Return policies
- Secure purchasing options
- Easily accessed customer support
Morphs are often more expensive than typical corn snakes.
Types Of Corn Snake Morphs
There are quite a few different corn snake morphs, but these morphs are separated into different categories.
In this section, we’ll look at the most common and best types of corn snake morphs with brief descriptions of each.
Color morphs are corn snakes with unusual colorings.
These morphs do happen in the wild but are much more common in captivity.
These corn snakes are notable for their orange with black lines surrounding red saddle-like marking going down the back.
They often have black and white checkers down their belly.
While the name started from the city, it’s now used to describe a coloring pattern.
These corn snakes are often smaller with red/orange saddle marks surrounded by black.
This type of morph is known by their darker red saddle marks surrounded by stark black.
Candy canes look like they sound.
Expect to see a bright red/orange saddle marks with a white body.
As the name suggests, these corn snakes have the same colors as the Okeetee but in a different order.
Instead of the standard black around the saddle, the reverse Okeetee has white rings and a lighter orange/yellow body.
This rarer morph had white lines around bright red saddle markings with an orange body.
This attractive morph is almost an albino without the usual white speckling.
A bright orange body surrounds the dark orange saddles to look like a sun.
This corn snake morph has been bred to remove the checkered pattern almost entirely, so the snake looks like one solid deep red color.
Many describe this morph as a hypomelanistic Miami snake.
They have a very light body with dark red/orange saddle marks.
This type of morph is missing the yellow pigment found in most corn snakes, making a corn snake with muted colors.
Corn snake morphs using only the colors from yellow to yellow/brown.
The saddles are yellow/brown or chocolate brown.
An unusual morph with pink and purple/gray marks.
Their eyes are also ruby/burgundy.
A black, gray, and brown morph with wavy lines around the saddle marks.
In this breed of corn snake, the darker pigments are missing in different amounts allowing the red, orange, and yellows to stand out.
They range from bright to very light and almost white.
A hypomelanistic snake with some gray rat snake genes.
This looks similar but with fewer colors and lines as the normal blacker borders are reduced to lighter grays.
A morph of the already-morphed hypo type, the lava morph replaces the black lines around the saddles for a dark purple.
While the above morphs had different colors, these morphs have changed the patterns of the corn snake markings.
It mainly focuses on the saddle markings and the checkered pattern on their bellies.
This patterned morph removes any belly markings and inverts the normal spotting.
The spots may also appear as stripes or dashed lines.
The striped pattern is a subset of motley.
The belly is still clear, and the spots appear as stripes running down the length of the snake’s body.
But unlike the motley, the colors of stripes don’t connect, which highlights a striped shape for the corn snake.
The shapes are the same as the saddle color.
This morph removes all belly patterns and “diffuses” any patterns on the sides.
Blood red morphs are also diffused morphs.
The sunkissed morph have more circular saddle patterns and often also have interesting head patterns.
These are unusual versions of the above morphs, which result in unpredictable stripes and patterns.
This is sort of a catch-all term for patterns which don’t fit into one category.
With these two types in mind, there are almost limitless combinations of specific color morphs, and pattern morphs to produce special effects.
Here is a list of a few of them:
These are only a few examples of thousands of possibilities.
When buying a morph, you may wish to ask the breeder which morphs, and genes are in play.
Beyond these, there are also specialty morphs which don’t fit into either of these categories.
One type is the scaleless corn snake.
While not scaleless, the scales are mostly gone on the top and sides.
There are also examples of morphs which result in breeding with other snake species.
These specialties change the behavior of the snake as well, so we recommend sticking with pure corn snakes unless you have more experience.
We hope you enjoyed learning about the best corn snake morphs.
These unique twists on an already-cute pet may be just what you’re looking for.
The best way to find these corn snakes is through breeders online or by talking to your exotic pet vet to see if there are any for sale in your area.
Just remember to look for reputable sites before you buy from just anyone.