• 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?

Photo of 14 foot wide, 12 foot tall petrified tree stump of a redwood

The massive petrified redwood stump known as the "Big Stump" is not actually the largest diameter stump at Florissant Fossil Beds. The "Big Stump" measures 38 feet in circumference, but the biggest stump is over 41 feet.