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

    Presidio of San Francisco


Yellow-eyed Salamander

Yellow-Eyed Salamander
A Yellow-eyed Salamander similar to what may occur at the Presidio.
© Joyce Gross, 1988

Natural History: This amphibian is primarily active at night during wet periods. It is highly dependent on precipitation. It tends to seek moist but not overly saturated soils.

General Distribution: This salamander is typically found in forested areas. A specimen has been recently identified near Mountain Lake.

Frequency: This animal is uncommon within the Presidio.

Identifying Characteristics: This species is distinguished by its orange belly and yellow eye patch. It has smooth skin, a swollen tail, and is a yellow-orange at the base of its limbs.

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Did You Know?

Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States

While visiting the Presidio in August 1923, General Pershing learned that President Warren Harding had died at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. It was Pershing's duty to accompany the body of the late President back to Washington D.C