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 Slender Salamander
Natural History: This amphibian is active in wet areas primarily at night. It prefers moist substrate with surface objects for cover. Its eggs, which hatch in the spring, are deposited underground or in moist substrate.
General Distribution: This salamander can be found in all woodland habitats and coastal scrub.
Frequency: This animal is common within the Presidio.
Identifying Characteristics: Identifying characteristics of this animal are its slender body with very short limbs. It has four toes on each foot. It also has a narrow head and body with dark network (speckled) on its belly. Its color is variable.
Did You Know?
Herb Alpert, Grammy Award-winning bandleader of the Tijuana Brass, played in the 6th Army Band at the Presidio during the 1950's. Alpert later claimed the structure and discipline of the Army helped him with his music.