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

    Presidio of San Francisco


Western Skink

Western Skink
A Western Skink similar to what may occur at the Presidio.
Courtesy of californiaherps.com, © G. Nafis

Natural History: This lizard is found mostly in open disturbed areas. It is secretive by nature but is fairly active under cover. Its diet includes a variety of insects.

General Distribution: In the Presidio this animal is found primarily in forests and in serpentine grasslands.

Frequency: This species is rare within the Presidio.

Identifying Characteristics: This lizard is typically a dull gray color. It has a broad brown strip down its back bordered by a thinner beige stripe and a dark stripe on its sides.

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Did You Know?

U.S. Army major rank insignia

In 1915, a tragic fire at the Presidio claimed the lives of General Pershing’s wife and his three daughters. Pershing's son, Francis Warren, survived the blaze and chose to enlist in the army as a private during World War II. By the end of the war he had achieved the rank of major.