Species information

 

Baird's Rat Snake

Elaphe bairdi

 Elaphe bairdi - Baird's Rat Snake

 

Common name

Baird's Rat Snake

Scientific name

Elaphe bairdi

Family

Colubridae

Appearance

Adult baird's rat snakes are grey, brown/orange or orange with 2 distinct stripes running the length of the snake. This snake also has 2 dorsal stripes, the stripes are usually grey or brown in colour. The skin inbetween the scales (which is known as the interstitial skin) is usually a different colour to the actual snake, it may be orange, yellow or salmon coloured.

 

Locality

Texas, Mexico.

 

Adult size

3-5ft.

 

Approx lifespan

Upto 20 years

 

REcomended vivarium size

30x15x15in.

 

Basic set up type

Desert/savannah

 

Diet

A diet of rodents is best suited to the Baird's Rat Snake.

 

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