The collections in the division of Herpetology are curated by Carl S. Lieb, Eli Greenbaum and Jerry D. Johnson and number in excess of 21,500 specimens. Osteological collections are catalogued separately from specimens stored in ethanol. Most depth in coverage is for the Chihuahuan Desert region of the United States and Mexico, and in many cases includes specimens from populations not represented in other collections. Coverage of the United States and the remainder of Mexico is otherwise synoptic, although there are minor holdings of significance representing southeastern Mexico, Eastern Europe, Malaysia, and Belize. The collections are also strong in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The collection database is now completely on Arctos, thanks to funding by the Institute of Museum and Library Surfaces. Although taxonomy, specimen identifications and associated data are constantly reviewed, errors such as outdated names, mistaken identifications and erroneous collection event information do occur in our database. Investigators should verify identifications by examination of specimens.
In addition to physical specimens, the division of Herpetology maintains an observation collection. Observations are supported by photographs and generally are vouchers for publications. All observations and their related photos are searchable on Arctos.UTEP-BC Amphibian and Reptile observation collection