Big Bend's desert environment is a perfect place for reptiles! Thirty-one species of snakes, twenty-two species of lizards, and seven species of turtles have been found in Big Bend National Park. Remember that these animals, like all wildlife, are protected from harassment, killing, or collecting within the park.
Did You Know?
In 1787, Governor Juan de Ugalde, leading a Spanish military expedition, attacked a band of Mescalero Apaches in a stronghold in the Chisos Mountains. The forty spanish soldiers reportedly killed several hundred Apaches. The battle occured in the area of Lower Juniper Spring.