Species group: Boas, Anacondas and Pythons
Other common names: Northern Rubber Boa; Southern Rubber Boa
Scientific name: Charina bottae
The Rubber Boa is a small nocturnal member of the Boa family of snakes. The Rubber Boa
is native to western North America, from southern California north into coastal British Columbia. It is found in a variety of habitats, including grasslands and forests.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), the wild population of Rubber Boa is "listed as Least Concern in view of the wide range, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough for listing in a more threatened category."
Appearance / health:
Light tan in coloration.
good eater, docile snake
wild caught animal, musk
What - a Small, Cold-Tolerant Boa!
Despite the explosion of herp-oriented information available today, many snake fans are surprised to learn that North America is home to a boa that ranges into southern Canada. True, the rubber boa, is as unlike its tropical cousins in just about every way imaginable, but it is none-the-less quite interesting, and very much ignored by hobbyists. It is small and somberly-colored – but also very hardy, mild-mannered and in need of attention and study. If you lack the room and finances to support a 12 foot-long, heat-loving snake, please give the rubber boa some consideration.
Rubber boas spend most of their lives below-ground and are rather shy, but adjust remarkably well to gentle handling. As a substrate, I favor a mix of playground sand and aspen, but eco-earth, plain sand and other substrates hwill also do. They will shelter below cork bark and in caves, but fare much better when able to burrow as well.
Their temperature needs vary greatly from those of their tropical cousins, and they will become decidedly stressed at temperatures above 90 F or so. An ambient range of 72-80, with a basking site of 84 F, suits them well. Sub-tank heaters, given their fossorial, nocturnal lifestyle, are usually preferable to lights. Rubber boas are another example of a fascinating NA snake that is largely-ignored – a great opportunity for serious keepers to learn much of value!.
From findiviglio Jan 21 2016 4:13PM