Reptile and amphibian inventories were conducted in 2001 and 2002 in several parks located in the Southern Colorado plateau, including Aztec Ruins National Monument. This research was funded by a grant from the NPS Inventory and Monitoring Program, and facilitated by the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit at Northern Arizona University with the oversight of Dr. Rod Parnell and Ron Hiebert. The goals of the project included providing a baseline inventory, to identify park-specific species of special concern and to recommend an effective monitoring program that would allow park staff to assess the conditions of the species over time and note any significant changes in populations.
Reptile and amphibian species documented at Aztec Ruins during the 2001 and 2002 inventory surveys were:
Did You Know?
The significance of unique green stripes along western walls at Aztec Ruins is a mystery. The greywacke stone was hauled from nearby quarries. We can only guess at reasons for the inclusion by the original masons.