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 Rubber Boa (Charina bottae)




Rubber Boa | Charina bottae photo
Rubber boa

Photograph by Robert Goodman. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

Rubber Boa | Charina bottae photo
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Rubber Boa | Charina bottae photo
Small Rubber Boa near Multnomah Falls, Oregon, United States

Photograph by Dar-Ape. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

RUBBER BOA FACTS

Description
The Rubber Boa is a small constrictor with a stout body. The skin is smooth, shiny and wrinkled with a rubbery look and feel. Color varies from light brown, dark brown, pink, tan, or olive. The underside is yellow, orange, or cream. The back is usually uniform , but may have some darker spots or mottling. Young snakes are pink or tan. The eyes are small with vertical oval pupils. The tail is short and blunt. When threatened, it hides its head within the coils of its body, with the blunt tail left out as a decoy head. It is mainly active in the evening and at night. Newborn rubber boas are usually green with yellow underside. It is a good climber and burrower, and also swims.

Size
35 - 84 cm

Environment
Grassland, woodland, stream margins, deciduous forest, coniferous forest. Often found under logs, rocks and debris.

Food
eats small mammals, birds, salamanders, lizards, and snakes

Breeding
One to nine live young are born from August to November.

Range
Found in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California and into British Columbia in Canada

Notes
The Rubber Boa is not venomous and is considered harmless to humans. It is a very docile snake.

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Boidae
Genus:Charina
Species:bottae
Common Name:Rubber Boa