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 »
Coast Garter Snake
Natural History: This snake tends to be found near bodies of water where it is active during the day and frequently basks in sunny spots. Courtship occurs in the spring. The young are born in July and August.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species is mostly found in ponds, streams, springs, marshes, annual and serpentine grasslands, coastal and and dune scrub areas, and forests.
Frequency: This species may possibly occur in the Presidio. It has not been sighted in recent years.
Identifying Characteristics: This snake can be identified by its bright yellow dorsal stripe and reddish orange lateral stripes. The dorsal sides between the stripes are patterned reddish-orange with dark spots.
Did You Know?
In the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, nearly 250,000 people were left homeless. The Army responded quickly, establishing refugee camps on the Presidio and organizing relief efforts.