Sunday, September 29, 2013

rubber boa ~ 09/29/13 ~ Rocky Creek


I first saw this snake as I was walking up the road to greet a fellow blogger whom I had invited for a Rocky Creek tour.  I figured it might be the same kind of snake that I saw last year during our now annual excursion.  All I remembered was last year's snake belly was orange, similar to this one.  My blogging visitor jokingly expressed disappointment that I didn't know the name off the top of my head.  Hey, I tend not to remember everything from Nature ID, but at least I can easily track past information. That's kind of the point of this blog.  Of course, when I got home I looked up my blog entry from last year.  Ring-necked snake?  Definitely not. This one has an unusual rubbery appearance to it with lots of bite marks down the length of its body.  Apparently, body scars are common in rubber boas.  During the course of the visit, I passed it 4 times total.  It couldn't have been entirely dead, because it changed positions each time, but it was still on the road.  Neat!  Here's a new-to-me snake that I never knew existed around here.

4 comments:

Jennifer and Steve said...

Very cool snake! Love the color!

Jeannette said...

oh dear, the jokes some people will make! It is true that researching and then documenting and returning later to jog one's mind is a primal point of journaling. Never have heard of a rubber boa before...sounds like a toy store snake! And yet, it is a very apt name for that snake.

randomtruth said...

Bummer it was dead - they are a terrific snake. Very gentle and friendly. And when they bend they wrinkle like rubber. :)

Katie (Nature ID) said...

I think I'll remember this one, because it's so distinctive in overall appearance and has a reputation for being gentle. I'm really hoping I'll find another one alive. You totally know I'll be trying to handle it.