• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Snakes - Red-Sided Garter Snake

Red-Sided Garter Snake - Thamnophis sirtalis

Red-Sided Garter Snake - Thamnophis sirtalis

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The red-sided garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) can be found near flowing water crawling through tall grass and decaying leaves. Their diet consists of toads, fish, tadpoles, and earthworms. To possibly see this snake take a hike along Beaver Creek or Highland Creek.

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Natural Entrance of Wind Cave

Winds caused by changes in barometric pressure are what give Wind Cave its name. These winds have been measured at the cave's walk-in entrance at over 70 mph. The winds at the natural entrance of the cave attracted the attention of Native Americans and early settlers.