CM Herps Collection

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Herpetology maintains a collection of more than 207,500 specimens and ranks as about the ninth largest amphibian and reptile collection in the United States. Ninety percent are fluid preserved; others are preserved as skeletons, skins, mounts, or cleared and stained preparations. Notable historic collections rich in type specimens are the Taylor Philippine collection, the Le Boutellier collection of South American snakes, and specimens from early museum expeditions to the Isle of Pines and Angola. Collection data are completely computerized. Collection growth has averaged 1–2% per year. There are approximately 35 new research loans a year handled by the collection manager, and around 80 research data inquiries are filled annually. Research is supported by a library with an outstanding collection of 19th-century herpetological literature (Gunther Collection) and more than 22,000 reprints.

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Occurrence; Specimen


Stephen Rogers
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Collection Manager
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Ave.
15213-4080 Pittsburg
+01 412-622-3255
Laura Russell
  • Programmer
VertNet Programmer
David Bloom
  • Programmer
VertNet Coordinator
John Wieczorek
  • Programmer
Information Architect
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley

Geographic Coverage

The collection includes the largest and most complete collection of Pennsylvania amphibians and reptiles in existence and significant collections from adjacent states, particularly Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. There are specimens collected from all parts of the United States and most parts of the world including major accessions from the Caribbean, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Paraguay, northern South America, Spain, South Africa, Cameroon, India, and Sri Lanka. The collection of North American freshwater turtles is among the largest in the world.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Class Reptilia (reptiles), Amphibia (amphibians)

Collection Data

Collection Name CM Herps
Collection Identifier Herps
Parent Collection Identifier CM

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 76dd8f0d-2daa-4a69-9fcd-55e04230334a