• 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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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?

Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States

While visiting the Presidio in August 1923, General Pershing learned that President Warren Harding had died at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. It was Pershing's duty to accompany the body of the late President back to Washington D.C