Posted by: atowhee | April 17, 2017


My first snake of the year was a new species for me in Oregon, Charina bottae.  That’s a rubber boa, constrictor of moderate size but death to mice and vole alike.  That Latin binomial seems to say it was discovered by Dr. Paolo Botta, he was the Italian naturalist on a French expedition to the Pacific Coast of North America in the 1820s.  He made many discoveries for science…his namesake pocket gopher and the Anna’s Hummingbird for two.

The boa was on a small ranch south of Gaston here in Yamhill County.


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