• 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?

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.