Introduction to Reptiles at Great Sand Dunes

A tan and white lizard camouflaged on sand and grass
Short-horned lizards are well-camouflaged in the sandy environment.

NPS/Holly Anderson

Reptiles can cause fear or fascination in people. While many assume that desert dunes must contain snakes, there are actually no snakes living in the dunes themselves, and no venomous snakes have ever been found in the park or preserve. Bullsnakes and garter snakes, typically found in the grassland, riparian areas, or occasionally wooded areas, are generally harmless.

Other reptiles found in this high-elevation park include:
-Short-horned lizard
-Plateau lizard
-Many-lined skink

Learn more on the park's Reptiles page.

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Last updated: April 20, 2021