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

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

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?

Jerry Garica was a founding member of the Grateful Dead.

A young Jerry Garcia was stationed at the Presidio during his brief service in the U.S. Army. Over the course of his nine-month career, Garcia went AWOL eight times and received two court-martials.