CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Western Fence Lizard
Natural History: This is the most common reptile in California. It is primarily diurnal, seeking out basking and perching sites. It feeds on terrestrial invertebrates. The males defend territories in the spring, and the young hatch between July and September. On occasion, hibernating individuals aggregate in groups.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this reptile is most commonly found in annual and serpentine grassland areas, forests, streams, coastal scrub areas, and developed areas.
Frequency: This lizard is fairly uncommon in the Presidio.
Identifying Characteristics: This lizard is characterized by a black, gray, or brown body with a blotched pattern. It has blue on the sides of its belly, and the males have a blue throat. The rear of its limbs are a yellowish-orange.
Did You Know?
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.