Field Guide to Maryland's Snakes (Order Squamata)
Sub-order Serpentes, Family Colubridae
Photo of Adult Red Cornsnake courtesy of Linh Phu
30 - 48 inches. Record - 72 inches.
Photo showing detail on
head of Red Cornsnake
courtesy of Luke Roberson
Hardwood forests and pine-dominated agricultural and urban areas, and fields and open grassy areas next to woods.
How to Find
An uncommon to rare secretive species that is seldom seen. Look for them primarily during the summer in open dry pine and hardwood forests with loose soils, as they primarily live underground, though they do spend some time in trees. Look under coarse woody debris or drive sandy woods roads slowly at dusk through appropriate habitat. They are not aggressive when handled and seldom bite. Non-venomous.
Photo of Habitat for Red Corn Snake courtesy of Rebecca Chalmers
Distribution in Maryland
Primarily found on the Coastal Plain but there are few records for the Ridge and Valley region of Washington and Allegany Counties.
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