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 specimens 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, storage, and safe, timely return of borrowed material. Loan requests from students and postdocs must be co-signed by their major professor or other professional staff member, who thereby assumes full responsibility for the loan.