Ijams has a new program animal: a young captive-bred corn snake.
We've had it about two months and because of the hands-on care of our vet, Dr. Louise Conrad, it has about tripled in length. It's a healthy eater.
Once known as red rat snakes, the name "corn snake" is a holdover from Southern farmers who often found the colorful snakes in their corn cribs, eating the mice that ate the corn. A good thing. The farmers would rather have the snakes than the mice.
The new snake has already been used in a couple of outreach programs.
Welcome to the staff.
- Story and text by Stephen Lyn Bales.