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

    Presidio of San Francisco


Pacific Ringneck Snake

Pacific Ringneck Snake
Pacific Ringneck Snake in Canta Cruz, similar to what might be found at the Presidio.
Courtesy of californiaherps.com, © G. Nafis

Natural History: This snake prefers moist cover and open, rocky areas. It eats worms and smaller reptiles and amphibians. It lays eggs from April to July that hatch from August to October. Hibernating individuals often aggregate in groups.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this reptile can most commonly be found in annual grasslands and forests.

Frequency: This species is may possibly occur in the Presidio. It has not been sighted in recent years.

Identifying Characteristics: This snake has a slender body. Its coloration can be olive, brownish, blue-gray, or almost black with a dark head and a yellowish neck band. Its underside is a yellow-orange to red color with a spotted belly. It displays red on its tail's underside when disturbed.

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Did You Know?

Refugees in line for supplies, 1906

In the three days following the 1906 earthquake, the Army's refugee camps at the Presidio issued 3,000 tents, 12,000 shelter halves, 13,000 ponchos, 58,000 pairs of shoes, and 24,000 regulation blue shirts.