genus Charina


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Noun1.genus Charina - boas of western North Americagenus Charina - boas of western North America  
reptile genus - a genus of reptiles
Boidae, family Boidae - boas and pythons
Charina bottae, rubber boa, tow-headed snake - boa of grasslands and woodlands of western North America; looks and feels like rubber with tail and head of similar shape
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The Rubber Boa, genus Charina (Squamata:Boidae), is composed of a single Miocene species, Charina probottae, that occurs from the early Hemingfordian to the early Hemphillian of western North America (Holman 1979; Parmley and Holman 1995) and a single modern species, Charina bottae that is restricted to the United States west of the Rocky Mountains and in extreme southwestern Canada (Stebbins 1985).
Charina prebottae is very similar to the living genus Charina bottae and was probably directly ancestral to it (Holman 1979).