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

    Presidio of San Francisco


Santa Cruz Garter Snake

Santa Cruz Garter Snake
A Santa Cruz Garter Snake similar to what may occur at the Presidio.
Courtesy of californiaherps.com, © G. Nafis

Natural History: This snake is generally aquatic, eating fish and amphibians. It tends to be active diurnally and basks by river banks.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species may be found in ponds, streams, springs, and marshes.

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

Identifying Characteristics: This snake is variable in color. It has a visible mid-dorsal yellow stripe and a bright yellow throat.

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Did You Know?

Albert Sidney Johnston

Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston, commander of the Pacific branch of the army, prepared the defenses of the San Francisco Bay and ordered the first garrison of Fort Point. Kentucky-born Johnston then resigned his commission to join the Confederate Army; he was killed at the battle of Shiloh in 1862.