Species group: Corn and Rat Snakes
Other common names: Baird's Ratsnake; Baird's Pilot Snake; Baird's Coluber; Great Bend Rat Snake
Scientific name: Pantherophis bairdi
The Baird's Rat Snake is native to rocky and semi-arid habitats in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), the Baird's Rat Snake is "listed as Least Concern in view of the probably relatively stable extent of occurrence, area of occupancy, number of subpopulations, and population size. This species has a limited distribution and area of occupancy, but it is not threatened across most of its range."
Appearance / health:
Adult Pantherophis bairdi can reach 55 inches in length. The body of the Baird's Rat Snake is an attractive orange-yellow to salmon color.
Behavior / temperament:
In captivity, Baird's Rat Snakes are are considered to have more pleasant temperaments than other rat snake species.
Baird's Rat Snakes are best kept in woodland-type enclosures provided with climbing branches, hiding places, and a water dish. Day temp: 75-90F; night temp: 60-70F
Fresh water should be provided daily, and the enclosure should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
In the wild, the Baird's Rat Snake mostly feeds on rodents, although they will also eat birds.
beautiful ratsnake, gorgeous baird, brownish saddles
North America's Ignored Ratsnake
This interesting snake is related to North America's other rat snakes, but, unlike them, has been largely overlooked by snake enthusiasts. Its attractive, muted colors, calm disposition and manageable size will certainly change this situation once more hobbyists “discover” it. I've kept several in zoo exhibits, and they never failed to attract interest and questions from even the most experienced of snake keepers. It's care follows that of corn snakes and similar species, but as it is native to arid habitats, extra precautions should be taken to keep the substrate dry..
From findiviglio Jan 4 2016 2:07PM