Herpetology Collections at NMNH
The Division of Amphibians and Reptiles, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, houses and maintains the largest herpetology collection in the world with over 555,000 specimens. Our collection, comprised primarily of fluid preserved specimens, includes representatives of about 63% of the approximately 15,000 known species of the world's herpetofauna. Our data base holds nearly 13,300 type records; over 2,470 of these are primary (name bearing) types. For more information please see the Division's Collections page.
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Key word searches on summary fields can be run from the Keywords Search tab. Searches can be run against specific fields from the Search by Field tab. If you don't know what to search for, try one of the three sample searches in the Quick Browse list below.
Please note that not all of our holdings are included in our specimen database at present (99% are completely or partially listed). Currently only a small number of specimens have associated images. We are constantly adding records and images to the Herpetology database. If you spot an error please use the Feedback tab to let us know.
See the Help tab to learn more about searching and then exploring your returned results (sorting, exporting, etc.).
Quick Browse Searches
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Enter your keywords separated by spaces and click Search. Records that match your search terms will be returned.
Note that searching for common (vernacular) names may not yield the expected results. Associating common names with specimen records is a work in progress.
Keyword search example: rana pipiens ("south dakota" OR iowa)
Use the By Field search to find specimen data that match values in specific database fields. Enter a value or choose one from the dropdown lists.
The results of your searches can be displayed in Grid (a sortable, customizable table) or Gallery View (best for reviewing images). Use the Switch button to cycle between these views.
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See Exporting Results for information on downloading results to, for example, Excel or Google Earth.
Open the full collection record by clicking the expansion button () in Grid View, or anywhere within the image frame in Gallery View. Inverse expansion buttons () indicate records with multimedia (typically, images).
Sort results in Grid View by clicking the column header (or by choosing Sort from the column's dropdown menu).
Export all or selected results by clicking the Export Results as CSV button in the bottom toolbar in Grid, or Gallery View.
You can also export all or selected results to a KML file for viewing with Google Earth or other KML viewers, by clicking the Export as KML button. This button is grayed when all or selected results lack latitude/longitude values.
To create a link to specific records at NMNH provide the appropriate unit and querystring to:
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Please use the Feedback page to report back any problems you find with the data, or with using these search pages.