Early morning hike, just about stepped on this grey Rubber Boa.
Saw on a road in a ponderosa pine forest near Sierra Valley and CalPine, CA
Rubber Boa (Charina bottae) seen in a pile of pine needles in Zephyr Cove, NV on the Lake Tahoe area. Temperature was about 65F and the elevation was about 6500ft at about 5:00pm.
Rubber Boa found in pile of pine needles in Zephyr Cove, NV off in Lake Tahoe. Temperature was upper 60s F and weather was sunny. Appeared to be about 9inches long.
A neonate of the Northern rubber boa (Charina bottae) was found on the Sneath Lane Trail near the Sneath Lane entrance of Sweeney Ridge. The animal was crushed (evidently run over by a bike) but clearly identifiable. It was about 16cm. Surrounding habitat consisted of wet Northern Coastal Scrub.
Queue Etta James! I've been wanting to see this snake for years. I was hiking with a friend who hates snakes (as in phobia, not just mild dislike), so I was scrutinizing all distant sticks and elongate pieces of grass to see if they were going to cause emotional breakdown. This got categorized as "stick" right up until we almost stepped on it, at which point my friend and I both freaked out, but in different ways. I started maddly taking pictures and exulting over its vestigial claws while she hid behind her husband. Medevac was not required.
A very unique snake!
The Rubber Boa (Charina bottae) is a snake in the family Boidae that is native to the Western United States.