• 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?

Ferdinand Foch, Marshal of France

French Marshal Ferdinand Foch, supreme commander of the allied forces during World War I, visited Crissy Field in 1921 and declared it "The last word in airfields."