Rubber Boa

Rubber Boa:

Scientific Name: Charina Bottae
Family : Boidae
Length: Up to 84 cm
Weight: Up to 80 g
Distribution: Western United States & British Columbia, Canada

Rubber Boa

"Rubber Boa snake"

  • Also known as the Coastal Rubber Boa, these snakes have short blunt tails that closely resemble the shape of their head and loose , wrinkled skin that consists of small scales that are smooth and shiny , giving it a rubber-like look and texture-hence their name.

  • Rubbers Boas are usually tan to dark brown with a lighter ventral surface, however there are in olive-green, yellow or even orange.

  • They are a species of extremely adaptable snakes , being a not only a good climber and burrower but also a good swimmer

  • These are quite different from other snakes . The Rubber Boa is considered as one of the most docile of the Boa species and are often used to help people overcome their fear of snakes .

  • They are not only nonvenomous , but also known to never strike at or bite a human under any circumstances but will release a potent musk from their vent if they feel threatened

  • Rubber Boas have been known to inhabit grassland, meadows and chaparral to deciduous and conifer forests to high alpine settings

  • Unlike other snakes that can inhibit environments that are too hot and dry , Rubber Boas can,'t

  • Interestingly however they can live in surprisingly cold places even for a snake .

  • Rubber Boas are viviparous ( give birth to live young ) and can have up to 8 young per year, but many females will only reproduce every four years ..

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