Herpetology Resources | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

The Museum's collection of amphibians and reptiles contains approximately 183,000 catalogued specimens from around the globe.
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Herpetology Contact Information

General Inquiries:

Telephone: (213) 763-3371
Fax: (213) 748-4432

Neftali Camacho
Collections Manager, Herpetology

Greg Pauly
Assistant Curator, Herpetology


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Herpetology Resources

  • Approximately 183,000 catalogued specimens, including skeletal and cleared & stained specimens, searchable using the Herpnet2 or Vertnet portal (for more information on the collection and our loan policy, please see the Collections page);
  • The Costa Rican Expedition (CRE) Reptile and Amphibian Collection, including more than 20,000 specimens collected from a variety of localities in Costa Rica throughout the 1960s, '70s, and '80s by Dr. Jay Savage and colleagues;
  • Frozen tissue collection;
  • Digital and slide photographic collection;
  • Photographic vouchers and locality records from the Museum's citizen science project, RASCals (Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California);
  • Histological collection, including many slides from the work of long-time Research Associate Stephen Goldberg;
  • Gut contents from a number of species;
  • An extensive teaching collection of both wet specimens and skeletons; and
  • Herpetology library and map collection, an extensive collection of reprints, journals, and books covering all aspects of amphibian and reptile biology and evolution.