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Rubber Boa (Charina bottae)
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Small Rubber Boa near Multnomah Falls, Oregon, United States
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RUBBER BOA FACTSDescription
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.
35 - 84 cm
Grassland, woodland, stream margins, deciduous forest, coniferous forest. Often found under logs, rocks and debris.
eats small mammals, birds, salamanders, lizards, and snakes
One to nine live young are born from August to November.
Found in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California and into British Columbia in Canada
The Rubber Boa is not venomous and is considered harmless to humans. It is a very docile snake.