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 »
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.
Did You Know?
In 1882, the fort now known as Fort Point was given the name "Fort Winfield Scott", a name it retained for four years before being downgraded to a sub-post of the Presidio. In 1912, the name was reused for the new coast artillery post at the Presidio, today's Fort Scott.