Corn snakes are primarily crepuscular and nocturnal, becoming more active at dawn, dusk, and night when temperatures are favorable. During hot mid-day hours, they retreat to hides and burrows.
These terrestrial snakes inhabit wooded areas, overgrown fields, barns, and abandoned buildings. Excellent climbers, corn snakes ascend trees and rafters with ease. They are also adept swimmers and burrowers able to exploit a variety of habitats.
Though non-venomous, corn snakes may vibrates their tails and strike defensively if threatened. Otherwise, they tend to be slow-moving and docile unless handled roughly. Corn snakes are solitary except when breeding or during brumation.