There are quite a few color morphs, variations or patterns of Corn Snakes.
This page will list some of the most common names and descriptions of these morphs.
This is just a general overview, it is not a complete listing and is not intended to be anything other then just that, a general overview.
NATURAL: These Corn Snakes are your common everyday corn snake. Just like you might catch in your own back yard. These are the corn snakes that started it all. The variations and beauty of natural corns is endless. They are usually referred to as normals but I personally find nothing "normal" about them, thus my use of "natural"
OKEETEE: Natural phase of corn snake from the Okeetee Hunt Club area of Jasper County, South Carolina. These corns are known for their vivid red saddles on brilliant orange backgrounds with wide black borders around the saddles. Very beautiful snakes.
I must add that most "Okeetees" are now a color morph selectively bred to bring out the beautiful and distinctive markings mentioned above, as opposed to a locale specific corn snake from the hunt club.
MIAMI: Another "natural" phase corn from South Florida. These corn snakes are known for their vivid red or orange saddles with silver, grey to tan backgrounds.
Miamis are also more of a selective bred morph as opposed to a locale specific corn.
AMELANISTIC: Sometimes, unfortunately, referred to as red albino. Amelanistic Corn Snakes lack melanin (black pigment) and have red eyes. The lack of melanin usually results in brighetr remaing colors. This is the original corn snake "morph". They are usually called Amels.
AMEL MOTLEY: These beauties are the result of amelanism and the motley gene.
ANERYTHRISTIC TYPE "A": These Corn Snakes lack red pigment making them grey to black with some white. It is common for anerythristics to have varying degrees of yellow on their necks and sides. They are usually called Anerys
HYPOMELANISTIC: Similar to Amelanistic but a greatly reduced amount of black as opposed to a complete absence of black. Usually called Hypos.
CHARCOAL: ANERYTHRISTIC TYPE "B" Darker version of the Anerythristic type Corn Snake. There is a different type of anerythrism involved here that is not compatable with the anery type "A" version. The back ground and saddles do not usually have the contrast associated with the anery "A" and although yellow can appear on charcoals it isn't usually as prevalant as in typical anerys.
GHOST: Combination of Hypomelanistic and Anerythristic type "A". Very pale or light versions of Anerys. Almost ghostly pale versions giving them their name.
SNOW: The snow corn is a combination of Amelanistic and Anerythristic type "A". The amelanism removes the black and the anerythrism removes the reds, generally resulting in mostly white snakes with yellow, pink or even green highlights.
MOTLEY: Motley is a recessive pattern trait as opposed to a color morph. The belly is usually patternless, the saddles tend to blend or stretch together down the back and there is basically an absence of side patterning.
STRIPE: Stripe is another recessive pattern trait. Stripe corns have stripes that run the length of their bodies as opposed to the normal saddle patterning.
BLIZZARD: Combination of Amelanistic and Charcoal. Very similar to the snows but tending to be even whiter. Pattern is usually less visible in Blizzards, also.
BUTTER: The butter corn is the result of combining Caramel and Amelanism. Butter corns lack red and black and are, as the name implies, yellow. They can have several shades of yellow and different degrees of yellow but yellow is the key.
ROOTBEER: Rootbeers are the result of a corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus)/great plains rat snake (Pantherophis emoryi) mix expressing the wild type or normal appearance or look.
CREAMSICLE: Creamsicles are the result of a corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus)/great plains rat snake (Pantherophis emoryi) mix expressing amelanism (see above). Creamsicles usually lack red and tend towards oranges and yellows.
CINNAMON: These beauties are the result of a corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus)/great plains rat snake (Pantherophis emoryi) mix expressing hypomelanism (see above). Cinnamons have a great reduction in black and tend towards and orange “cinnamon” coloration.
STRIPE CREAMSICLE: Stripe Creamsicles are the result of a corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus)/great plains rat snake (Pantherophis emoryi) mix expressing amelanism and the stripe gene.
MOTLEY CREAMSICLE: One of my favorites, motley creamsicles are the result of a corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus)/great plains rat snake (Pantherophis emoryi) mix expressing amelanism and the motley gene.
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