• 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?

The Presidio Fire Station

In the aftermath of a tragic fire that killed four family members of General John Pershing, the army built a fire station at the Presidio. The new Presidio Fire Station was the first on any U.S. Army post to house a permanent fire company with trained firefighters.