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

    Presidio of San Francisco


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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?

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.