[Tweeters] Slightly off topic re Rubber Boa Snake

mary hrudkaj mch1096 at hotmail.com
Sun May 29 10:03:35 PDT 2016

While replacing a window constantly hit by birds on the south side of my house (the place from which to watch mountain quail) we found a tiny tan rubber boa snake Saturday afternoon. It was about 8-9 inches long so probably one of last year's kids. It was in a flower bed just under the window. Why birds foraging there haven't eaten it and why it was there in the first place are unknown.

My question is, how common are rubber boas in western WA and how common is it to see one? My reptile book said it is pretty uncommon to find them as they usually hang out under rotting logs or are alongside streams or lakes. Nearest body of water here is about 700 feet west downslope at the Tahuya River. Being chilly the little guy/gal allowed me to hold and measure it and get a couple photos of it in my gloved hand. It was the tan (earthworm color almost) version of the rubber boa.

Made my day getting a new reptile species for the yard.

Mary Hrudkaj

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