• Rainbow over Half Dome


    National Park California

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • Yosemite is open, but some wilderness trails are closed due to the Meadow Fire

    The Meadow Fire is burning southeast of Yosemite Valley. Some trails are closed and some areas of the park may be smoky at times. More »

Reptile Species List

brown-and-cream colored snake

California kingsnake

The list below includes the 22 native reptile species found in Yosemite National Park. One of these species, the Western pond turtle, is listed as a California Species of Concern (CSC) due to population declines.

Dark snake folded on rock

Mountain gartersnake

Pacific (western) pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata)
Western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)
Sagebrush lizard (Sceloporus graciosus)
Coast Horned lizard (Phrynosoma coronatum)
Western skink (Eumeces skiltonianus)
Gilbert skink (Eumeces gilberti)
California (western) whiptail (Aspidoscelis tigris munda)
San Diego (southern) alligator lizard (Elgaria multicarinata webbii)
Sierra (northern) alligator lizard (Elgaria coerulea palmeri)
Northern rubber boa (Charina bottae)
Ring-necked snake (Diadophis punctatus)
Sharp-tailed snake (Contia tenuis)
Western yellow-bellied racer (Coluber mormon)
California striped racer (whipsnake) (Masticophis lateralis lateralis)
Pacific gopher snake (Pituophis catenifer catenifer)
California kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula californiae)
Sierra mountain kingsnake (Lampropeltis zonata multicincta)
Valley garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi)
Mountain (terrestrial) garter snake (Thamnophis elegans elegans)
Sierra (aquatic) garter snake (Thamnophis couchii)
California nightsnake (Hypsiglena torquata nuchalata)
Northern Pacific rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus oreganus)

Turtle walking on dry surface

Western pond turtle

Did You Know?

Person hiking on a trail

This year, Yosemite Conservancy will provide over $10 million in annual support to Yosemite. This funding will restore trails and habitat, protect wildlife, support art & theater programs, and more. Join to become a Friend of Yosemite today. More...