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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?

ARC Students journaling near Hetch Hetchy

Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC) brings youth to Yosemite National Park each summer for a dynamic literacy and leadership immersion program. ARC works with students, boosting academic and leadership skills through a variety of programs, including a 40 day experience in Yosemite full of adventure and intensive learning.