Herpetology (CAS)

The Academy's herpetology collection began in 1853 with a single Galápagos tortoise shell. It has since grown to be the 6th largest reptile and amphibian collection in the world and serves as a important repository of information for Academy scientists and others seeking to better understand these fascinating and important creatures. In addition to documenting species and their distribution around the world, our scientists and collaborators are at the forefront of many other aspects of herpetological research and conservation — examining the evolutionary relationships of various taxonomic groups, assessing and working to protect against population threats, and developing captive breeding programs and strategies to help maintain genetic stocks of critically endangered species.
Contacts: Lauren Scheinberg, lscheinberg@calacademy.org
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 13 January 2020
Digital Metadata: EML File
Usage Rights: CC0 (Public-domain)
Rights Holder: California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA   94118
United States
Collection Statistics
  • 318,235 specimen records
  • 312,098 (98%) georeferenced
  • 222,456 (70%) with images (274,243 total images)
  • 7,829 GenBank genetic references
  • 119 families
Extra Statistics
Taxon Distribution
Taxon Distribution
  • Chelydra (26)
  • Macroclemys (3)