COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to staffing restrictions at this time, the Division of Amphibians and Reptiles is closed to both visitors, loans, and loan returns until further notice. We are also currently unable to process specimen photograph requests.
The Division of Amphibians and Reptiles lends genetic resources (tissues, DNA extracts, and microbiome samples) from its research collections for scientific and educational purposes that are consistent with the curatorial policies of the Division and with the goals and objectives of the National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution.
Loans are made only to institutions and in care of a permanent staff member who assumes full responsibility for the use (including adhering to benefit sharing agreements and MOUs), storage, and if applicable, the timely return of unused material. Loan requests from students must be co-signed by their major professor or other professional staff member, who thereby assumes full responsibility for the loan.