The specific name, bairdi, as well as several of the common names, are in honor of American zoologist Spencer Fullerton Baird.Show More
Common names include: Baird's rat snake, Baird's ratsnake,Baird's ratsnake, Baird's pilot snake, Baird's Coluber, Great Bend rat snake.Show Less
Adults of P. bairdi may reach 64 to 140 cm (25 to 55 in) in total length (body + tail). The dorsal color pattern consists of an orange-yellow to bright yellow, or a darker salmon ground color, overlaid with four stripes that run from the neck to the tail. The belly is generally gray to yellow, darkening near the tail.Show More
Baird's rat snake is typically more pleasantly tempered than other rat snake species.
P. bairdi is oviparous. Adult females may lay a clutch of up to 10 eggs that take about 3 months to hatch.Show Less
P. bairdi is found in the United States in the Big Bend region of western Texas, as well as in northern Mexico in the Mexican states of Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas. Known to be elusive and hard to find in the wild.Show More
P. bairdi prefers semi-arid, rocky habitats.Show Less