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    Jewel Cave

    National Monument South Dakota

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  • Caution - Roadwork on Highway 16 - Expect Delays

    Construction projects both along highway 16 and the Jewel Cave parking lot are planned during this spring season. The visitor center will be open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and closed on weekends through April. No reservations for cave tours. More »

Reptiles

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?

Fire at Jewel Cave/NPS file photo

In 2000, the Jasper Fire burned over 90% of the surface of Jewel Cave National Monument. Fortunately, the Visitor Center and other buildings on the Monument were saved.