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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 & Behavior

• Eats rodents.

• May spend 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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