Say hello to the Northern Rubber Boa! These snakes get their name because they both feel and look like rubber. Rubber boas are also known as the “two-headed snake” because they have a very blunt and stout tail like their head—see if you can you tell which end is which in the 1st pic!! In fact, when threatened, they will coil up and raise their tail so that predators direct their bites towards the tail instead of the head. Although the family of Boas contains some of the largest snakes in the world, this one tops out at just under 3 ft. and is almost full grown in this picture. They rely on constriction for incapacitating prey and have a varied diet of small birds, other reptiles, and small rodents (so keep these guys around for free pest control!). Rubber boas have also been known to utilize an unusual tactic called dual constriction, meaning they may constrict 2 nestling mice at a time while feeding. Lastly, like many boas, they give birth to live young rather than laying eggs!
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