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Rubber Boa

Rubber boas are non-venomous, stout-bodied species of snakes belonging to the Boidae family, found in the Western United States and British Columbia, Canada. They are one of the smallest members of the boa family. They can tolerate cold much better than most snakes.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Boidae
    Subfamily Erycinae
    Genus Charina
    Scientific Name Charina bottae

    Other Names Coastal Rubber Boa,  Northern Rubber Boa
    Length 38 to 84 cm
    Weight 35 – 70 g
    Color Tan to dark brown, also sometimes olive-green, orange, yellow; babies are pink but, the color darkens with age
    Distribution California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho (United States), British Columbia (Canada)
    Habitat Grassland, meadows, chaparral, deciduous and conifer forests; they can be found anywhere from sea level to an  altitude of more than 3000 m, takes shelter under rocks, burrows, logs
    Diet Small mammals, birds, amphibians, lizards
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates during the winter months
    Predators Bobcat,  skunk, foxes, raccoons, birds of prey, crows
    Venom Fact Non-venomous
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous (producing young ones by means of eggs hatched inside the body of the parent)
    Litter Size Up to 9
    Gestation Period 90 to 100 days
    Reproductive Age Around 2 years of age
    Average Lifespan More than 40 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on September 21st 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 30th March 2017.

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