During the past two and half decades, the Department has produced well over 100 scientific papers, and authored or contributed to the publication of at least 11 books. Herpetology faculty and staff have served as officers and board members of national and international organizations such as the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Geological Society of America, Willi Hennig Society, California Institute for International Studies, Forum for the History of Science in America, the Biodiversity Foundation for Africa (Zimbabwe) and the National CITES Standing Committee of the Kenya Wildlife Service, to name a few.
Our collection of amphibians and reptiles is one of the ten largest in the world, containing more than 300,000 catalogued specimens from 166 countries.
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Can you identify a reptile or amphibian for me?
Positive identifications can only be made if a specimen is brought to our laboratory. We cannot declare genera based solely upon general descriptions, drawings, or even photographs.
I'm thinking of becoming a Herpetologist or know someone who is developing an interest. Do you have any advice?
Herpetology is a wonderful field with many possibilities. Please visit our staff pages to learn more about our interests, foci, and specialties first and then send an email or letter with your questions. We'll answer as best we can and as time permits (sometimes we're in the field for up to 2 months at a time!)
What’s the best way to take care of my animal?
Can I donate specimens?
We only accept donations of specimens if you are able to provide locality data, (this includes latitude and longitude as given by a GPS unit). Otherwise please contact the Academy's Naturalist Center . They take donations of specimens that are in good condition for educational purposes.
Can I tour Herpetology?