Unusual Sighting

Public High Lakes Forum Miscellaneous Unusual Sighting

Viewing 8 reply threads
  • Author
    Posts
    • #81375
      Bob Martin
      Participant

      While hiking into Lake Stuart a few summers ago, I saw an unusual snake crawling across the trail. It was a rubber boa (Charina bottae) about 18 or 20 inches long. I carefully placed my hiking staff on its tail so my fishing partner and I could get a better look. In all my years of roaming about the state I’ve never seen another one.

    • #85436
      Brian Curtis
      Keymaster

      Rubber boas are awesome snakes. Their tail looks more like their head then their head looks like their head. I saw my second one this summer on the trail up to the Snow Lakes out of Leavenworth. Here’s a shot of it:

      I must have been the first one up the trail because a bit later I spotted a rattler. It got into the brush before I recovered my senses and could get my camera out. Before the tip was over I also spotted two different varieties of garter snake.

    • #85437
      Bob Martin
      Participant

      Thanks Brian, Your photo looks as good as the one in the Audubon Society Field Guide. I hope I see another rubber boa someday. They’re interesting snakes. As for rattlers, I’d just as soon pass.

      Years ago during basic training at Ft. Ord, one of our gung ho training lieutenants was showing the rest of us the proper way to enter a fox hole and come to a shooting position. He was shocked to discover that a gopher snake (which looks a lot like a rattler) had entered to hole first and was coiled up at the bottom. First we heard a bloodcurdling scream, then the M-1 came flying out of the hole, and then the wild-eyed, terrified lieutenant came scrambling out. I think he soiled his pants. There was never a better example of, “Do as I say, not as I do.” It provided a lot of much needed comic relief to our platoon.

    • #85438
      Anonymous
      Participant

      WoW!!! That’s something. In all my years I’ve never seen one. Just goes to show you sometimes things just pass you by…
      McPil

    • #85439
      Anonymous
      Participant

      Hey Brian,
      How about contributing this rare snake photo to AlpineQuest.com’s Guest Photo Page…can I put it up with your OK?

      McPil

    • #85440
      Brian Curtis
      Keymaster

      Sure, you are welcome to use that pic.

    • #85441
      Anonymous
      Participant
    • #85442
      Anonymous
      Participant

      I saw one on the trail to Waptus LK in the early 90’s.

    • #85443
      Anonymous
      Participant

      :X Now imagine if the world was like that.:I

Viewing 8 reply threads
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.