Juju is a young corn snake who came into our care when his owner was no longer able to give him the time he needed. Juju is under 2 years old and still has quite a lot of growing to do. He is a curious fella who enjoys to burrow, climb and explore. He loves to watch the goings on in his foster home and is always quick to check out any activity happening around his enclosure.
Corn snakes, in general, are pretty easy to care for once they have a proper enclosure and equipment. There have been many debates on “proper care” and we know some people still believe snakes can be kept in “stacks” and “tubs” or small enclosures. However we believe that snakes, as well as all domestic animals, need more than just enough to survive. They need to be encouraged to thrive. Juju will need a minimum enclosure size of 4foot long by 2foot wide by 2 foot high.
Still a baby, Juju already extends over 3.5ft and fully grown he could reach over 5ft. Juju will need an appropriate amount of suitable substrate that will allow him to continue his natural habitat of burrowing and would really enjoy obstacles in his enclosure that will allow him to climb safely.
Corn snakes are nocturnal by nature but that doesn’t mean they don’t need light. They require a natural cycle of 12hrs light, 12 dark and Juju, as well as many other corns, actually enjoy basking on his log occasionally. He will need to have his humidity and temperatures monitored and adjusted during shedding as well as an enclosure which allows for a suitable 25-27 C so thermostats and thermometers are required.
While it’s true that the initial investment into a snake can be off putting we understand why some would opt for the more cost effective solution. But, as with all of our animals, our priority is to find Juju a home that is fully committed to him and keeping him happy for the rest of his life. Corn snakes can live anywhere from 15 to 20 years and some when properly cared for can even reach 30. He is absolutely a great first time pet, he is docile, curious, handleable and very entertaining but he is not a “good pet” for your teenager who is likely to be leaving home in the next few years to go into rented accommodation unless you, the parent, are comfortable feeding and continuing Juju’s care.
We are happy to speak to anyone who is interested in offering Juju a forever home and while we do know this may be a lot to take in in one go, we are always happy to discuss it further and in more detail. To apply to offer Juju his forever home please complete an online adoption application form.
In compliance with DAFM Legislation, the GalwaySPCA unique certificate number is GPT200022C.