Reptiles are seldom seen at the Presidio. Most species in these groups are uncommon or rare in the Presidio and snake sightings are almost unheard of. Reptiles are most commonly found in the forest or coastal scrub, although several species are found in riparian habitats or near ponds, where many of the amphibians also are found. The list below includes species that have been reported here in the past 15 years.

Select a common name below to learn more about that species

Common Name Scientific Name Group
Western Skink Eumeces skiltonianus Reptile
San Francisco Alligator Lizard Elgaria coerulea coerulea Reptile
California Alligator Lizard Elgaria multicarinata multicarinata Reptile
Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis Reptile
Pacific Ringneck Snake Diadophis punctatus amabilis Reptile
Sharp-tailed Snake Contia tenuis Reptile
Gopher Snake Pituophis catenifer Reptile
Santa Cruz Garter Snake Thamnophis atratus atratus Reptile
Coast Garter Snake Thamnophis elegans terrestris Reptile
Northwestern Pond Turtle Actinemys marmorata marmorata Reptile
Red-eared Pond Slider Chrysemys scripta Reptile

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