CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
California Alligator Lizard
Natural History: This species has a low requirement for water and is primarily active during the day. It tends to be active at cooler temperatures than other lizards. Its eggs are laid in June, and hatchlings are present from August through September.
General Distribution: Within the Presidio, this reptile is typically found in annual and serpentine grasslands, coastal scrub areas, dune scrub areas, forests, and developed areas.
Frequency: This reptile, unlike its relative, the San Francisco Alligator Lizard is uncommon within the Presidio.
Identifying Characteristics: California Alligator Lizard is characterized by a brown, gray, or reddish color with dark stripes on its belly and dark crossbands on its back and tail. It has pale yellow eyes, a long tail, and red blotches on its back.
Did You Know?
A young Jerry Garcia was stationed at the Presidio during his brief service in the U.S. Army. Over the course of his nine-month career, Garcia went AWOL eight times and received two court-martials.