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Northern Rubber Boa (Charina bottae)

Created: June 24th, 2010 - 09:11 AM
Last Modified: August 16th, 2012 - 12:18 PM
Entered by: Steve Schubert
Record 48667
Country:
United States
State:
California
County:
San Luis Obispo County
Time:
2010-06-02 10:45:00
Qty:
1
Age:
--
Sex:
--
Method:
Visual encounter
Habitat:
coastal scrub
Body Temperature:
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Air Temperature:
65.00F
Ground Temperature:
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Humidity:
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Sky Conditions:
Partly Cloudy
Moon Phase:
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Elevation:
1070.00ft
Barometric Pressure:
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Notes

The rubber boa was visually encountered strectched out across the Valencia Peak trail in Montana De Oro State Park, approximately 300 ft. below the summit, on rocky shale debris. An outcrop of north-dipping Pismo Shale rock formation was exposed here adjacent to the trail. The slope dropping off below is vegetated by coastal scrub.

I was leading a mountain hike for Camp KEEP (Kern Environmental Education Program), a residential outdoor school program. There were about about 30 students, counselors and one co-worker behind me on the trail - all were able to observe the rubber boa before released on the side of the trail where found.

Sighting published in March, 2011 issue of Herpetological Review, apparently the first (photo) documentation of Rubber Boa in San Luis Obsipo County, CA, although there have been several prior anecdotal reports.

Photos by S. Schubert

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Comments

Posted by Brian Hinds-AKA Fundad on Jun 24, 2010 at 09:24 AM

That is a really cool entry..