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    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

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  • Trail Closure Information

    The Highland Creek Trail is closed. Backcountry Zones 1 and 2 are closed to all off-trail travel and use. The Sanctuary and Centennial Trails remain open to through traffic.

  • Temporary Road Closure Information

    Oct. 18 & 19: NPS 5 and 6 are closed for the entire weekend. Monday, Oct. 20, through Wednesday, Oct. 22, NPS 5 will be closed from Highway 87 to NPS 6. Highway 87 will be closed from Road 342 (Beaver Creek Road) north to the park boundary.

Reptiles

Turtles

Common Name Scientific Name Remarks
Common Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina Common, found along streams in park
Western Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta Common in suitable habitat, Smooth shell; shallow water, soft muddy bottoms
 

Snakes

Common Name Scientific Name Remarks
Red-Sided Garter Snake Thamnophis sirtalis

Fairly common, red or orange bars on side; often found near water

Wandering Garter Snake Thamnophis elegans Abundant, found near water, may wander into dry areas
Western Plains Garter Snake Thamnophis radix Rare, found near prairie ponds
Black Hills Red-bellied Snake Storeria occipitomaculata Rare, small secretive snake, found in wooded areas
Plains Western Hognose Snake Heterodon nasicus Rare, sharply upturned snout; prefers dry sandy areas
Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer Coluber constrictor Common, olive green; active through the day
Bullsnake

Pituophis melanoleucus

Abundant, large yellowish snake with dorsal blotches
Pale Milk Snake Lampropeltis triangulum Rare, black, orange, and gray snake with light snout
Smooth Green Snake

Opheodrys vernalis

Rare, gentle, bright green snake, largely terrestrial

Prairie Rattlesnake Crotalus viridis

Abundant, venomous; frequently found in rocky areas, ledges and prairie dog towns

 

Lizards

Lizards may occur in the park since their known geographic ranges include this area. However, there have been no recorded observations.

Did You Know?

Porcupine in tree

Porcupine babies are called porcupettes. When they are born they have 15,000 quills. Porcupettes are born in the spring and, lucky for mom, the quills are soft. They can climb trees within an hour of birth. More...