The Herpetology Collection makes available, to qualified individuals, the facilities and holdings of the collection. The facilities are generally open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday thru Friday. Appointments for visits can be made by phone, letter, or e-mail. Appointments should be made well in advance. Proper handling of specimens is expected of visitors. Any destructive sampling MUST be approved in advance.


Data Requests

Specific information associated with specimens in the UAZ Collection of Amphibians and Reptiles can be made available on request. Data requests should be made via email or letter, and follow the format for specimen loan requests. Generally, legitimate and well thought out data requests are replied to as promptly as possible with all requested information available, however, specific information, or on occasion, the entire request may be withheld if sensitive populations or species are deemed at risk. When making a data request, be sure to let us know the types of information needed. Typically, a data request is processed and answered utilizing a spreadsheet attachment via e-mail. Hardcopy replies can be provided for requests generating limited data.


Specimen Acquisitions and Donations


The University of Arizona Herpetology Collection grows and becomes a more useful research resource with the acquisition of specimens. These specimens are typically acquired through collecting efforts of the collection staff or students and researchers associated with the collection. Specimens are also gained through exchanges from other institutions, as well as gifts and donations. New acquisitions are welcome, given that they are legally possessed, and have complete and reliable collection information. Complete collection information includes at a minimum:

1) Collector(s) name (the collectors catalog number should be included if available)

2) Date of collection (should be written out as 12 May 2002 or May 12, 2002 if possible).

3) Collection locality which should include Country (if outside of the United States), State and County (if applicable), as well as a specific locality. This more precise locality may include mileages from landmarks, and / or geographic coordinates such as Range and Township, Latitude and Longitude, or Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM). The recent accessibility of relatively inexpensive Geographic Positioning System (GPS) receivers, has made acquiring these precise localities much quicker, easier, and with increased accuracy. Whenever possible, the elevation should be included with the locality.

Other useful, but non obligatory, information often included with specimens are time of collection, weather conditions, description of vegetation, description of physical area, major drainage, mountain range, valley name, collected live or dead, live on road (LOR), dead on road (DOR), and date of preservation. Field notes and collecting permits (originals or copies), associated with the donated specimens are also appreciated.


George Bradley, Herpetology Collections Manager, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona,Tucson, Arizona 85721(520) 621-3187, All contents copyright : 2006 The University of Arizona Museum of Natural History. Photographs copyright 2006: Alex Badyaev. Website design by: GC Greene, G Bradley, & Alex Badyaev 2006