The corn snake is also called the red rat snake, which makes sense because it usually preys on rats and mice. It spends much of its time hidden under leaf litter searching underground burrows for rodents to eat.

These mild-mannered constrictors are often killed by humans who mistake them for copperheads. While not venomous, when cornered a corn snake will try to fool a predator by vibrating its tail among dead leaves to sound like a rattlesnake.

North America

At A Glance


Woodlands, rocky hillsides, meadows, farmland


Mice, rats, lizards, frogs, birds, bats


Eastern U.S.