Rubber Boa snakes

Less frequently seen in the nature park than our two species of Garter Snake, the Rubber Boa is approximately 35 to 80 cm long and has small scales on loose skin with a texture of rubber – hence its name. Adult Rubber Boas are olive green to brown with a yellowish belly. The most identifiable characteristic is its tail, which resembles its head. When threatened, Rubber Boas curve into a ball to protect their head while extending their tail as a decoy. They can also emit a smelly musk, but their secretive nature is their best defence against larger predators such as coyotes, cougars or owls. This young rubber boa was found on Boulder Trail. As a member of the boa constrictor family, Rubber Bo

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