Common Name Scientific Name Remarks
Common Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina Common, found along streams in park
Western Painted Turtle Chrysemys picta Common in suitable habitat, Smooth shell; shallow water, soft muddy bottoms


Common Name Scientific Name Remarks
Red-Sided Garter Snake Thamnophis sirtalis

Fairly common, red or orange bars on side; often found near water

Wandering Garter Snake Thamnophis elegans Abundant, found near water, may wander into dry areas
Western Plains Garter Snake Thamnophis radix Rare, found near prairie ponds
Black Hills Red-bellied Snake Storeria occipitomaculata Rare, small secretive snake, found in wooded areas
Plains Western Hognose Snake Heterodon nasicus Rare, sharply upturned snout; prefers dry sandy areas
Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer Coluber constrictor Common, olive green; active through the day

Pituophis melanoleucus

Abundant, large yellowish snake with dorsal blotches
Pale Milk Snake Lampropeltis triangulum Rare, black, orange, and gray snake with light snout
Smooth Green Snake

Opheodrys vernalis

Rare, gentle, bright green snake, largely terrestrial

Prairie Rattlesnake Crotalus viridis

Abundant, venomous; frequently found in rocky areas, ledges and prairie dog towns



Lizards may occur in the park since their known geographic ranges include this area. However, there have been no recorded observations.

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