• Artist George Catlin recorded the quarrying activity at the pipestone quarries in 1836

    Pipestone

    National Monument Minnesota

Amphibians

American Toad, Bufo americanus                                                                                                                                                                                         

American Toad, Bufo americanus                                                                                                                                                                                         

NPS, G. Wagner

Pipestone National Monument has a variety of ecosystems and is generally wet during the springtime. These conditions allow for the presence and reproductive success of several species of amphibians. The temporary pools created by the quartzite outcroppings as well as several small ephemeral wetlands provide suitable habitat for the following species at the Monument:


Scientific Name

Common Name

Bufo americanus

American Toad

Pseudacris triseriata

Western Chorus Frog

Ambystoma tigrinum

Tiger Salamander

Rana pipiens

Northern Leopard Frog

Eumeces septentrionalis

Northern Prairie Skink

Thamnophis radix

Plains Garter Snake

Chrysemys picta

Painted Turtle

Hyla versicolor/chrysoscelis

Cope's/Gray Treefrog

Chelydra serpentina

Common Snapping Turtle



Did You Know?

The Three Maidens

The Three Maidens are actually granite glacial "erratics" moved thousands of years ago to Pipestone National Monument by the glaciers originating in Canada. More...