Creature Feature: Northern Rubber Boa

Say hello to the Northern Rubber Boa (Charina bottae), the Northern-most species of Boa in the world! This is one of the shyest species we’ve highlighted for Creature Feature. A far cry from its infamous relative the Boa constrictor, the Rubber Boa is a small and gentle snake with shiny scales that give it a worm-like appearance.

Northern rubber boas can live in a variety of habitats, as long as there are plenty of objects to hide underneath. These snakes can tolerate surprisingly cold temperatures and don’t get along well in hot, dry climates. An easy way to identify them is by their tail–it looks a lot like their head!

Sources: Flickr: Natalie McNear and Andrew DuBois. Wikipedia – Northern Rubber Boa