The protection of animals of which we know little is one of the onerous tasks facing wildlife managers. Rubber boas fall into this category. Nothing has been published about their basic ecology, probably because they are burrowing and rarely encountered. Yet rubber boas are of management concern (e.g., they are “Identified Wildlife” under the Forest Practices Code) because their abundance is unknown and they are found in sensitive habitats such as temperate forests. To address this lack of knowledge, I have been studying habitat use of rubber boas in Creston, British Columbia. Last year, rubber boas were followed using temperature-sensitive telemetry. I recorded habitat characteristics including structure, thermal environment, and associated plant communities. Rubber boas spent most of their time under rocks in forest openings. By selecting cover rocks of appropriate thickness and moving vertically in the soil, they maintained favourable body temperatures while remaining hidden...
St. Clair, R.. 1999. Pursuing the Unseen: Habitat Use by Rubber Boas in Creston (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks; University College of the Cariboo. Conference Biology & ManagementProceedings
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: rubber boa, habitat, Creston, telemetry
Scientific Name: Charina bottae
English Name: Rubber Boa
Other Identifier: University College of the Cariboo
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