Location of the Great Basin

“Greatbasinmap” by Kmusser – Own work, Elevation data from SRTM, all other features from the National Atlas. Rand McNally, The New International Atlas, 1993 used as reference.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Inhabitants of the Great Basin

  • Great Basin Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus bicinctores) (Range: Great Basin and Mojave deserts.)
  • Long Nose Leopard Lizard (Gambelia wislizenii) (Range: Throughout the Great Basin hydrologic province.)
  • Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) (Range: Throughout Great Basin.)
  • Short-horned Lizard (Phrynosoma hernandesi) (Range: Found in Spring and Steptoe Valleys.)
  • Desert Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinos) (Range: Throughout the Great Basin.)
  • Sagebrush Lizards (Sceloporus graciosus) (Range: Throughout the Great Basin.)
  • Northern Side-blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana) (Range: Throughout the Great Basin.)
  • Western Skink (Eumeces skiltonianus) (Range: Throughout the Great Basin.)
  • Great Basin Whiptail (Cnemidophorus tigris) (Range: Throughout the Great Basin.)
  • Gopher Snake (Pituophis cateniferer) (Range: Throughout Great Basin.)
  • Great Basin Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus) (Range: Throughout Great Basin)
  • Racer (Coluber constrictor) (Range: Northern Great Basin, Wasatch Front, Colorado Plateau, Northwest. Collected at Cleveland Ranch, Spring Valley, White Pine County, Nevada.)
  • Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatis) (Range: Isolated Great Basin populations, Wasatch Front. Documented from Snake Valley and Pine Valleys, Utah.)
  • Night Snake (Hypsiglena torquata) (Range: Throughout Great Basin and Western deserts.)
  • Sonoran Mountain King Snake (Lampropeltis pyromelana) (Range: Isolated populations found in Great Basin. Found in North Snake, Schell Creek, Egan, Fortification, and Wah Wah Ranges.)
  • Striped Whipsnake (Masticophus taeniatus) (Range: Throughout Great Basin)
  • Long-nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei) (Range: Great Basin, Mojave, and Sonoran deserts.)
  • Wandering gartersnake (Thamnophis elegans) (Range: Northern Great Basin.)
  • Western Toad (Bufo Boreas) (Range: Great Basin, records from western White Pine County, NV. Questionable record from Gandy, UT.)
  • Woodhouse’s Toad (bufo woodhousei) (Range: Records from Gandy, UT.)
  • Northern Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens) (Range: Great Basin distribution spotty. Found in Spring and Snake Valley marshes.)
  • Columbia Spotted Frog (Rana luteiventris) (Range: Spotty Great Basin distribution, found in Snake Valley.)
  • Bullfrog (Rana catesbiana) (Range: NON-NATIVE to Nevada, widely introduced, responsible for many native amphibian and fish declines.)
  • Great Basin Spadefoot (Spea intermontanus) (Range: Throughout the Great Basin.)
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  • Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) (Range: Native to Nevada)

Great Basin inhabitants list compiled by Beatrice Benker, 2015.