San Francisco Alligator Lizard
Natural History: This lizard species requires more humid conditions than its related species, the California (Southern) Alligator Lizard. It is active during the day. Young are born in August and September. Some populations gregariously hibernate.
General Distribution: In the Presidio this species is found primarily in annual and serpentine grasslands, coastal and dune scrub, forests, developed and riparian areas. It has been spotted in the Lobos Creek Area.
Frequency: This animal is common within the Presidio.
Identifying Characteristics: The San Francisco Alligator Lizard is typically a tan, olive, or golden brown body with large, dark blotches or irregular cross-bands on its back. It is fairly small in size and has dusky sides.
Did You Know?
Major Jonathan Letterman--after whom the hospital at the Presidio was renamed in 1911--was the medical director of the Army of the Potomac. A founding father of military medicine, Letterman organized forward first-aid stations, mobile field hospitals, and ambulance services during the Civil War.