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Joshua Tree National Park -
Reptiles in Joshua Tree
Reptiles are closely associated with the desert in many peoples minds. This seems to be based
partly on reality and partly on perception. Reptiles do form a very conspicuous part of the
of warm deserts such as are found in Joshua Tree National Park. There may not
be any larger number of reptiles in the desert than in neighboring less arid areas, but the
lack of dense vegetation on the desert certainly makes them easier to see. Many of the
lizards are especially conspicuous as they bask atop boulders or other elevated sites.
Lizards in Joshua Tree National ParkLizard list includes common and scientific names, habitat notes and links to photos and life history accounts.
Snakes in Joshua Tree National ParkSnake list includes common and scientific names, habitat notes and links to photos and life history accounts.
TortoiseMojave Desert Tortoise
Gopherus agassizii agassizii
Creosote bush lowlands in the Mojave Desert; Rocky hillsides and bajadas in the Colorado Desert (threatened)
Source - NPS
Mojave Desert Reptiles