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Baird’s Rat Snake

Baird’s rat snake is a non-poisonous species of snake belonging to the colubrid family, found only in the southwestern United States and northeastern Mexico. The snake is more pleasant in temperament than other rat snake species.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Colubridae
    Subfamily Colubrinae
    Tribe Lampropeltini
    Genus Pantherophis
    Scientific Name Pantherophis bairdi


    Other Names Baird’s Pilot snake, Baird’s Coluber, Great Bend Rat Snake
    Length 64 – 140 cm
    Color Ground color is orange-yellow to bright yellow, or a dark salmon covered with four stripes running from the neck to the tail; gray to yellow belly that darkens near the tail
    Distribution Western Texas (United States), northern Mexico
    Habitat Semi-arid, rocky habitats
    Diet Rodents, birds, lizards
    Hibernation Fact May hibernate
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Breeding Season Early summer
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Up to 10 eggs
    Incubation Period Around 3 months
    Reproductive Age Male: 2 years of age
    Female: 3 years of age
    Average Lifespan 8 to 12 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on January 1st 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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