• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

San Francisco Alligator Lizard

San Francisco Alligator Lizard
A San Francisco Alligator Lizard from the coast of Monterey County.
Courtesy of californiaherps.com, © G. Nafis
 

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.

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Did You Know?

Albert Sidney Johnston

Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston, commander of the Pacific branch of the army, prepared the defenses of the San Francisco Bay and ordered the first garrison of Fort Point. Kentucky-born Johnston then resigned his commission to join the Confederate Army; he was killed at the battle of Shiloh in 1862.