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Snake Breeders Based in Leicestershire, England, UK      


Pantherophis bairdi


The Bairds Rat Snake is a moderately sized snake that is a member of the largest family of snakes, colubrids.  It is a constrictor and among the easiest to maintain in captivity.  Similar to the corn snake, they are primarily a terrestrial (ground dwelling) species which is active mainly at dawn and dusk (crepuscular).  As hatchlings they are grey/brown in colour with blotches which virtually disappear by the time they reach adulthood where most specimens have four darker stripes which run the length of the entire body. 

Experience Level Novice to Intermediate

Generally docile however young bairds are a little nervous and have a tendency to musk but they usually grow out of this with regular handling .

Captive Variants Wild Type (Texas), Mexican locality, Albino, Hypo
Expected Adult Length 120 to 140cm
Recommended Housing

Vivarium or plastic tubs

We prefer to use tubs as we found them to be much easier to keep clean.

Other requirements:

-Suitably large water bowl for them to drink and bathe

-A minimum of 2 hides (1 in the cool end and 1 in the warm end)

-Climbing branches are advantageous but not essential

Temperature Range 25C (77F) to 29C (84F)
Recommended Heating

Viv - Guarded Ceramic heater or heat mat

Tub - Heat mat

Whichever method is used, the temperature should be controlled by a suitable thermostat and monitored using a digital thermometer


Mexico, USA

Natural Environment

Found in a wide range of mainly arid environments; scrublands, forests, wooded areas, canyons, stone crevices, rocky areas.

Recommended Substrate

We use Aspen.

Natural Diet Rodents, birds, lizards
Primary Captive Diet Rodents
Recommended links www.ratsnakefoundation.org

This care guide has been written by us at AC Snakes for your information and guidance.
It will be updated and expanded as regularly as we are able, however it should not be used as your only source of care information.
Prior to purchasing any animal it is strongly recommended that you research extensively to ensure that you can provide the correct care for your pet.
Last updated May 2012

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