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    Bandelier

    National Monument New Mexico

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    Through October 27, 2014 all access to the most visited part of the park, Frijoles Canyon, will be via a mandatory shuttle bus from the nearby community of White Rock from 9 AM - 3 PM daily. Private cars may drive in before 9 AM or after 3 PM. More »

Identification of Bandelier Reptiles - Snakes

western diamondback rattlesnake

Photo by Sally King

WESTERN DIAMONDBACK RATTLESNAKE (Crotalus atrox)
Common. Seen occasionally on the Main Loop Trail and more often on the Falls Trail especially near the Rio Grande. Venomous. Will rattle as warning.
 
bullsnake

Photo by Sally King

GOPHER SNAKE OR BULLSNAKE (Pituophus melanoleucus)
Common in most lower elevation areas of the park. Can be seen on the Main Loop Trail or the Falls Trail. Non-venomous. Rodents are a major part of this snake's diet.

 
Western Terrestrial Garter Snake

Photo by Sally King

WESTERN TERRESTRIAL GARTER SNAKE (Thamnophus elegans)
Common especially along waterways. Can be seen on the Main Loop Trail or anywhere in Frijoles Canyon.
 
striped whipsnake

Photo by Sally King

STRIPED WHIPSNAKE (Masticophis taeniatus)
Common in Frijoles Canyon. Longer and skinnier than Garter Snakes. Have tendency to raise body off ground to scout for prey.

Did You Know?

Tarantula Hawk

Tarantula hawk hatchlings feed on the still living body of a tarantula captured by their mother. The mother tarantula hawk must fight the tarantula and then drag it to a burrow where she deposits an egg.