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Rubber boa

A close-up view of a Rubber boa's head on a rock.
Rubber boa
NPS
 
Scientific name: Charina bottae

Identification

  • 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.

Did You Know?

Bison in Yellowstone.

There are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone. Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears.