• View of the Monument across the Snake River

    Hagerman Fossil Beds

    National Monument Idaho


Gopher Snake

Gopher Snake

NPS Photo

Rock outcrops and warm summer temperatures make Hagerman a haven for reptiles and amphibians.

Striped whip snakes, western rattlesnakes, and gopher snakes hunt among rock-strewn boulder fields, while short-horned, western whiptail and sagebrush lizards bask in the sun.

Western and Great Basin spadefoot toads inhabit the various moist areas and bullfrogs, northern leopard frogs, pacific tree frogs, and striped chorus frogs can be heard singing in the distance.

Did You Know?

Suckerfish fossil being prepped for removal to the lab.

The Hagerman Fossil Beds paleontology crew has made some unusual finds. Early one summer the field crew found an articulated skeleton of a suckerfish (family Catostomidae) which was later jacketed and brought back to the lab for cleaning and study.