The collection database contains over 278,000 catalog records as of April 2011. The online collection database has fewer catalog records and is not current to 2011. Migration to a new database platform within the next few months will allow online access to all catalog records. The catalog records indicate the nature and extent of our collection but should not be treated as primary data.Learn more about Amphibian and Reptile Collections
Focus: Amphibians & Reptiles
The Division houses one of the six largest US herpetological collections (over 290,000 specimens in 278,000 catalog entries). The collection is a research resource for the scientific community with a rich history. Worldwide in scope, it includes fluid-preserved specimens, skeletons, cleared & stained preparations, tissue samples, and histology slides. The collection database is accessible online on the Field Museum website and through HerpNET and GBIF. Specimen/tissue loan policies and a guide to visiting the collection are available. The Karl P. Schmidt Memorial Herpetological Library contains over 2,000 books and an extensive reprint collection. In 2005, the entire collection except the Schmidt Library was moved to the underground Collections Resource Center.
Curators, Research Associates and professional staff conduct collection and field-based research. Curatorial and staff contact information and profiles are available. Dedicated volunteers assist with specimen processing, collection care, cataloging, photo requests, specimen identification and visitor assistance.
Students and professionals are encouraged to apply for research scholarships and grants to visit and use the herpetology collections.
The Division's mailing address is: Division of Amphibians and Reptiles Field Museum of Natural History 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, Illinois 60605-2496 USA
- Divisional Brochure (PDF)
- Apply for Funding to Visit the Amphibian and Reptile Collection
- Pleistocene Sea Level Maps
- Assembling the Tree of Life: Deep Scaly
- Search the Amphibian and Reptile Collection Database
- Search the Amphibian and Reptile Collection Database in GBIF
- Aquatic Snakes of Southeast Asia
- Collections Resource Center
- Reprint Request Form