November 1 - Change in Hours of Operation and Tour Schedule
The visitor center will be open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed on weekends). Guided cave tours will only be available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays of each week. Tours will not be available on Mondays and Tuesdays. More »
Public Feedback Requested
Jewel Cave National Monument is requesting public feedback for the proposed fee increases of cave tour tickets in 2014. Visit the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website for more information or to provide comments. More »
Below is a list of snakes found at Jewel Cave National Monument. No snakes are found inside the cave.
The list is alphabetical by common name with alternate common names listed after the back slash. Latin names are listed in parenthesis and italicized.
Bull Snake (Pituophis catenifer sayi)
Common Garter Snake (Thamnopis sirtalis)
Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer/Blue Racer (Coluber constrictor)
Milk Snake/Plains Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum)
Plains Garter Snake (Thamnophis radix)
Plains Hognose Snake/Western Hognose Snake (Heterodon nasicus)
Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis viridis)
Redbelly Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata)
Smooth Green Snake/Grass Snake (Opheodrys vernalis)
Wandering Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans vagrans)
Did You Know?
When Jewel Cave was established as a National Monument in 1908, it was thought to be a small but pretty cave. It wasn’t until 1959 that explorers began to realize that Jewel Cave may be one of the longest caves in the world.