Advertisement Well I just bought my first corn snake! I'm very excited! I've been thinking about it for a while, and saw a gorgous baby (under a foot) for sale. Its a 'ghost' morph, similar to a snow, or that's what i was told. Anyway since i got it at a petstore i want to check the information they gave me. First, what should i use for substrate? They are using crushed walnut shells. They advised against aspen (or any wood) shavings. What should i use? I'm using the walnut shells for now. They are larger than sand, but about the consistency. That's my main question. For light i'm using a 50W ExoTerra "SunGlo" Basking Spot Lamp. Then an under terrarium heater on one side. Plus a heavy water dish, a large rough lava rock (suggested for molting/shedding) and a hide. They say he is eating a fuzzy once a week. Is that about right? But they are feeding live (and only sell live) but i guess before he was eating frozen because they say he doesn't constrict them, just tries to eat them live (he assumes they are dead). So should i start buying frozen again? Anything else I need/am forgetting? And what's the best book for corns or snakes in general? I purchased "the corn snake manual" (bill and kathy love) it was the only one at the petstore. Sorry for all the questions! I want to be a good owner. I'll start looking for more answers online, but i trust people here. Any good website suggestions? I know you can't trust everything online. Thanks very much!!