These aquatic reptiles can be found in many streams and ponds in the park, even at high altitudes. They have brown or olive shells and yellow markings on their necks and legs.
There are two species of yellow-legged frogs in the park, the mountain and the Sierra Nevada. Both are endangered due to habitat loss, disease, and invasive species.
Beavers are semi-aquatic rodents that build dams and lodges in the park’s waterways. They have brown fur, webbed feet, and large flat tails.
Also known as ermine, these small predators have brown fur in the summer and white fur in the winter. They have black-tipped tails and long slender bodies.
There are two kinds of skunks in the park, the striped and the spotted. Both have black and white fur and can spray a foul-smelling liquid to deter predators.
Black bears are the largest and most common mammals in the park. They have black, brown, or cinnamon fur and can weigh up to 400 pounds.
Mountain lions are the top predators in the park. They have tawny fur and long tails with black tips. They can weigh up to 200 pounds and can leap up to 40 feet.
Marmots are large rodents that live in the high country. They have brown fur, bushy tails, and yellow bellies. They feed on grasses, flowers, and seeds.
Pikas are small relatives of rabbits that live in rocky areas above the tree line. They have gray-brown fur, round ears, and no tail. They feed on grasses, flowers, and lichens.
White-tailed jack rabbits are hares that live in open areas in the park. They have brown fur in the summer and white fur in the winter.
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