Anery Corn Snake
Lemon Drop was an unwanted pet, originally her owner wanted her but never took her out of her tank to get her socialized so she is often flighty when in her tank. Like most Corn Snakes, Lemon Drop is well tempered even when in shed when the scales over her eyes are no longer clear and she has trouble seeing making a snake particularly agitated. During this time most snakes are most aggressive as they cannot see what is going on, during this time she was as friendly as could be. Corn Snakes are a type of rat snake and like other rat snakes, they feed on rodents which is part of how they get their name. One belief is that Corn Snakes are called such because they ate corn they however do not and are found in corn fields to feed on the rodents that do eat the corn. Another reason why they may be called corn snakes is their checkered underbelly which resembles the pattern commonly found in Indigenous flint corn. Corn Snakes kill their rodent prey through constriction where they squeeze the prey until blood vessels burst giving it a heart attack. They then swallow their prey like other snakes by opening their jaw which is made up of two pieces connected by a stretchy ligaments of cartilage. Even though Corn Snakes are non-venomous they do pretend to be venomous when threatened. They do this by coiling up into a strike position and rattling their tail to mimic a rattle snake, their pattern also resembles the rattlesnakes found in their range; the southern United States.