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A medium sized American rat snake, Baird’s can reach up to 5 feet and become more colourful as they age.
Feed your rat snake a defrosted rat or mouse once a week until adulthood, when the feeding frequency can be dropped to once per fortnight. Prey items should be no wider than the snake at its thickest part, and allowed to defrost overnight in a fridge before being allowed to come up to room temperature. Some snakes will strike a food item presented on tongs, whilst others prefer to have the food left in the vivarium.
Creating a suitable environment for your snake is essential for the well being of your pet.
As a hatchling, your Baird’s is quite capable of being housed in a 90cm vivarium as long as there are enough small hides for it to feel safe. As they are quite an active snake, they will appreciate being upgraded to a larger vivarium as they grow. They can be a little shy, so make sure that they always have multiple suitably sized hiding places. The enclosure should be regularly cleaned, with waste removed immediately and water bowls cleaned with a reptile safe disinfectant at least once a week.