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 Range Newt
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.
Did You Know?
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."