Cornelius' Corner

"Sizing Up a Snake"

Cornelius’ Corner: “Sizing Up a Snake”

Hi friends- Cornelius here. Thanks for coming back to read another one of my blogs. Today I will be sharing fun facts about my body and length.

Cornelius when he was small

Did you know that the fear of snakes is called ophidiophobia? I bring this up because some people get nervous when they meet me for the first time and see how long I am (roughly four feet). I get really wiggly when my coworkers try to measure me, so we’re not sure down to the exact inch!

Cornelius in the same water dish now 

When I hatched, I was the size of a pencil! It takes about two years for us to reach our full length as adults. I’m seven years old so I’ve mostly reached my full length.

I’m a long and slender snake, and this comes in handy for when I’m out and about and hunting.

During the day, I tend to hide out underneath tree bark or logs and stones. In the Newlin Grist Mill Visitor Center, I like to chill in the staff’s sweatshirt hoodies and pockets.

At night and out in the wild, I like to sneak around and I’m also my most active at this time. Corn snakes like me are most active at night and we hide during the day because of the other animals that would like to eat me such as foxes, opossums, skunks, weasels and hawks.

I also like hanging out in high grassy fields, forests and neglected buildings. These are my favorite spots to chill in because my desired meals of mice and small rodents are there too.

Thanks for reading my blog! Stay tuned for more posts. See you at the Grist Mill!

– Cornelius

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