Rubber Boa

The rubber boa is a species of snake that is native to Central America. It is known for being one of only two snakes in all of North America that has a visible nose.

The rubber boa (Charina bottae) is a species of snake in the family Boidae. The species is native to North America.

Rubber boas are one of the smaller boa species, adults can be anywhere from 38 to 84 cm (1.25 to 2.76 ft) long; newborns are typically 19 to 23 cm (7.5 to 9.1 in) long.

Colors are typically tan to dark brown with a lighter ventral surface but sometimes olive-green, yellow, or orange. Newborns often appear pink and slightly transparent but darken with age.

Rubber boas are the most northerly of boa species. The distribution of rubber boas covers a large portion of the western United States, stretching from the Pacific Coast 

Rubber boas have been known to inhabit a wide variety of habitat types from grassland, meadows and chaparral to deciduous and conifer forests, to high alpine settings.

Characteristics of rubber boas behavior also set them apart from other snakes. Rubber boas are considered one of the most docile of the boa species

Rubber boas feed primarily on young mammals such as shrews, voles, mice, etc. When they encounter nestling mammals, they try to consume the entire litter and fend off the mother with their tail.

Rubber boas can be preyed upon by almost any reasonably sized predator in their habitat. When threatened, rubber boas curl into a ball around their head, 

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