One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short snake with a stout shiny brown body that looks and feels like rubber, found in western North America.
Charina bottae, family Boidae
- ‘Montanas rubber boa is the northernmost relative of the giant boa constrictor and anaconda of South America.’
- ‘Rubber boas are secretive, slow-moving, docile snakes, usually found under logs and rocks in either moist or dry forest habitats.’
- ‘Like their relatives, rubber boas kill by constriction, with prey usually mice or shrews.’
- ‘If you do find a rubber boa, please do not disturb it.’
- ‘When threatened, Rubber Boas will sometimes hide their head and elevate the tip of their tail to fool a predator into attacking the tail which looks somewhat like a head.’
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