• Rainbow over Half Dome

    Yosemite

    National Park California

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?

Low intensity fire in Yosemite

Natural fires in Yosemite are often no more than a single burning snag (standing dead tree) or a slow moving, low intensity fire that cleans underbrush from the forest floor. These fires prevent unwanted fires by removing accumulating forest debris that can fuel a larger fire in hot, dry conditions.