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

    Presidio of San Francisco


Coast Range Newt

Coast Range Newt
A Coast Range Newt at the Marin Headlands similar to what might be found at the Presidio.
Will Elder, NPS

Natural History: In general, this amphibian tends to show little activity, preferring to take cover under rocks and logs. Its toxic skin facilitates its diurnal lifestyle. It deposits eggs on submerged vegetation and rocks.

General Distribution: This species is may occur within the Presidio near ponds, streams, annual grasslands, and all types of forests.

Frequency: This animal is rare within the Presidio.

Identifying Characteristics: Identifying characteristics include a light brown upside and a yellow-orange belly. Its skin is may appear warty.

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Did You Know?

Franciscan monk

In 1776, Father Pedro Font wrote, "The port of San Francisco...is a marvel of nature, and might well be called a harbor of harbors...And I think if it could be well settled like Europe there would not be anything more beautiful in all the world."