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

    Presidio of San Francisco


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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?

U.S. Army major rank insignia

In 1915, a tragic fire at the Presidio claimed the lives of General Pershing’s wife and his three daughters. Pershing's son, Francis Warren, survived the blaze and chose to enlist in the army as a private during World War II. By the end of the war he had achieved the rank of major.