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    Presidio of San Francisco


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California Slender Salamander

California Slender Salamander
A California Slender Salamander similar to what may occur at the Presidio.
Dr. Robert Thomas and Margaret Orr, © California Academy of Sciences

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.

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Did You Know?

The 6th Army Band during Alpert's service.

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.