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

    Presidio of San Francisco


Sharp-tailed Snake

Sharp-tailed Snake
A Sharp-tailed Snake similar to what may occur at the Presidio.
Courtesy of californiaherps.com, © G. Nafis

Natural History: This snake tends to be a secretive slug eater. It is active undercover, particularly in the early spring and fall when it is warm and wetter.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species may be found in areas of streams, annual grasslands, and forests.

Frequency: This species may possibly occur within the Presidio, it has not been sighted in recent years.

Identifying Characteristics: This small snake is reddish-brown on top with two reddish stripes. The side of the body is gray, and it has black and cream crossbars on the belly.

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Did You Know?

Refugee Camp at the Presidio

In the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, nearly 250,000 people were left homeless. The Army responded quickly, establishing refugee camps on the Presidio and organizing relief efforts.