• Massive petrified redwood stumps

    Florissant Fossil Beds

    National Monument Colorado

Reptiles

 
A Garter Snake at the Barksdale Picnic Area.

Western Terrestrial Garter Snake

NPS Photo by Sheena Grabski

Reptiles are relatively rare in the park. However, the most common area for them is the Barksdale Picnic Area on the eastern side of the park. Western Terrestrial Garter Snakes are common in the summer near the water there.
Most snakes in the Rocky Mountain Region are nonpoisonous, except for the Western Rattlesnake, which is mainly found below 8,000 feet. Snakes typically hibernate from about November to March.

Did You Know?

FLFO_Tsetse fly

The modern Tsetse fly lives in Africa, but examples like the fossil pictured here have been found in the Florissant fossil beds. This fossil is 34.07 million years old. This image is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. To learn More...