Herp Collection

Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. Washington is home to 25 species of reptiles and 27 species of amphibians—some found nowhere else in the world.

The Herpetology Collection at the Burke Museum contains 7,600 specimens of amphibians and reptiles, primarily from the Pacific Northwest; it is particularly strong in amphibians and garter snakes from this area. The collection consists largely of alcohol-reserved spacimens with a small number of photographs and skeletons.

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Curatorial Assistant Kevin Neal cataloging specimens in the Burke Herp Collection.


Amphibians of Washington
Meet the amazing amphibians of our state. Photos, cool biology facts, and habitat distribution maps.

Reptiles of Washington
Learn about our remarkable reptiles, which includes the turtles, lizards, and snakes.

Publications based on specimens in the Burke Museum collection.