We were delighted (and surprised) to find a rubber boa stretched across our garden path yesterday. Although we have had periods of warm weather, that day was rather cool. He tolerated being photographed at close range, occasionally flicking his black tongue. He either was more interested in being stealthy than inquisitive, or else he was too cold to take action. Eventually he slid into the ivy. Is this too early for it to be out? Or is this species more active than other snakes in cool weather?
Enjoying Spring antics,
Marina Chainey, Richmond, California
Rubber boas (Charina bottae) are gentle, beautiful little (14 to 22 inches) snakes. They are shy, hiding under rocks and logs. they also burrow. These constrictors prey on small rodents, birds, reptiles and insects. They are rarely seen and most people don’t even know that we have our own little boas here in the Bay Area.
Nice to see one out and about. Once the days warm up, even just a few days at a time, many reptiles start to wake up and look around. I’ve spotted a few western fence lizards in my own backyard. Looks like local reptiles are getting ready to watch Spring come dancing over the hills! I’m sure ready. /Gary