Introduction

The snake whose head looks like its tail!

Charina - derived from the Greek term charieis meaning graceful

bottae - named for Paolo Emilio Botta, a 19th century explorer, archaeologist and diplomat who collected the first specimen of this snake

The rubber boa's common name is derived from its smooth scales and wrinkled skin, which give it a plasticine appearance. When alarmed, this snake buries its head in its coiled body and exposes its tail. This way, a predator's attention is diverted from the more sensitive head to the less vulnerable tail. Because its blunt tail mimics the shape of its head, this snake is sometimes referred to as the 'two headed snake'