Reptiles and amphibians


Harenna Forest Grass Frog

Our internationally important research collections of 3,200 amphibians and reptiles are mostly preserved in alcohol. Specimens from many parts of the world are included, but among the most valuable are:

  • Lizards from the 1898-99 expedition to Socotra, an island off the east coast of Africa.
  • East African snakes donated during 1957-62.
  • Frogs more recently collected by previous staff member M.J. Largen and his colleagues in Ethiopia and Congo Brazzaville.

We also have mounted reptiles and amphibians, many of which were confiscated by the UK Border Agency. These are extensively used for teaching and exhibition.

Online collection