Rubber boa

The rubber boa feels like rubber and has a blunt head. There is no noticeable neck and tail which are common traits for burrowing boas. Sometimes called a "two-headed snake" because the tail is shaped like the head.

Fast Facts

  • The rubber boa is one of two boa species native in the United States, the other is the rosy boa.
  • When threatened it curls into a tight ball, raising its tail above the coils and waiving it in a characteristic striking motion.
  • The rubber boa endures cold much better than most snakes.

Scientific name

Charina bottae
Range  Northwestern United States
Conservation status Least Concern
Diet Carnivore
Zoo location Herpetarium

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