Rubber Boa

A snake next to a person's hand on gravel

The rubber boa is one of six reptile species and the largest species found in the park.



Scientific Name

Charina bottae


  • Infrequently encountered in Yellowstone, perhaps due to its nocturnal and burrowing habits.
  • One of two species of snakes in the United States related to tropical boa constrictors and pythons.
  • Maximum length of 24 inches.
  • Back is gray or greenish-brown, belly is lemon yellow; scales are small and smooth, making it almost velvety to the touch.

Habitat and Behavior

  • Eats rodents.
  • May spend a great deal of time partially buried under leaves and soil, and in rodent burrows.
  • Usually found in rocky areas near streams or rivers, with shrubs or trees nearby.
  • Recent sightings have occurred in the Bechler region and Gibbon Meadows.

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