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

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

Northwestern Pond Turtle

Western Pond Turtle
A Northwestern Pond Turtle basks on the shore of Mountain Lake.
© Alan Hopkins 2002
 

Natural History: This species lives along streams, rivers, lakes and ponds where it eats invertebrates and small fish.

General Distribution: This turtle ranges from Washington State to central California. In the Presidio, it is found at Mountain Lake.

Frequency: This species is moderately common at Mountain Lake.

Identifying Characteristics: This turtle has an low, dark olive to blackish shell with sections marked by inconspicuous radiating dots or lines. The head is dark in color.

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Crissy Field was the only Army airfield in the western United States continuously active from 1919 to 1936.