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Amphibians & Reptiles

A tiger salamander crawls across brown-colored fallen leaves.

The Amphibian and Reptile Collection is one of the six largest US herpetological collections (over 300,000 specimens in 286,000 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 VertNet and GBIF. Specimen/tissue loan policies and information on visiting 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.

Our mailing address is: Amphibian and Reptile Collection, The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, Illinois 60605-2496 USA

Amphibians & Reptiles Collections

Close-up view of a gecko showing only its head and frog-like eyes.

Amphibian and Reptile Collections

The collection database contains over 286,000 catalog records. The actual number of specimens is over 300,000. The collection is a major research resource for the national and international scientific communities. Containing unique material of special historical and ecological significance, the collection is world-class in size and taxonomic and geographic scopes. It is among the six largest U.S. herpetological collections.