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

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

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?

The Officers' Club at the Presidio

The modern-day Officers' Club was part of the original Spanish Presidio. In the front section of the building, excavations have uncovered adobe walls dating from the 1790's.