Tonto National Monument is home to at least 32 species of reptile. This variety can be explained in part by the Monument's location. While traveling from the mountains toward Theodore Roosevelt Lake, conditions become warmer and dryer.
While most of the animals found here are not considered dangerous, it is worth remembering that any animal may bite if it feels threatened. Please leave all wildlife alone, and enjoy them from a safe distance.
Three rattlesnake species, the Western Diamondback, Blacktail, and Arizona Black, can be found in Tonto National Monument, as well as the Western Coral Snake and Gila Monster. All of these creatures have a venomous bite, and should be left alone.
Did You Know?
The first known written record of the cliff dwellings at Tonto National Monument dates from 1880. Archeologist Adolph Bandelier visited the dwellings in 1883, and said they were some of the best preserved he had ever seen. More...