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

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

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?

Fort Point, once called

In 1882, the fort now known as Fort Point was given the name "Fort Winfield Scott", a name it retained for four years before being downgraded to a sub-post of the Presidio. In 1912, the name was reused for the new coast artillery post at the Presidio, today's Fort Scott.