Baird’s Rat Snake

Pantherophis bairdi
(Yarrow, 1880)
Val Verde Co., Texas. May 19, 1999.

The colors of Pantherophis bairdi are subtle, and out of the sun this snake has a somewhat drab appearance. A closer look reveals a serpent of great beauty, with scales revealing iridescent colors as the angle of light changes (see bottom photo). Out in west Texas, these snakes inhabit the riparian habitat alongside the few rivers that flow through this country. This beautiful female was found on the road a short distance from a river bridge.

My Flickr album for this species is here.

HerpMapper records for this species are here.

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