Lizards & Snakes Online Resources

Part of the Lizards and Snakes: Alive! exhibition.

The Museum's Department of Herpetology reflects over a century of studying and collecting reptile and amphibian species in their natural habitats. With over 351,000 specimens representing over half the world's species, the collection is one of the most heavily used herpetological resources in the world. This site describes its history, staff, and resources available to scientists and the public. 

Science Explorations: Uncover Lizards and Snakes

Science Explorations is a collaboration between the Museum and Scholastic, Inc., to promote science literacy among students in grades 3 through 10. Learners can use a slideshow introduction to squamates to create their own exhibition. They can also make a presentation based on the evolutionary history of squamates. Additional resources include a glossary, an interview with a curator, a booklist, and a “backyard science” activity section.

Additional Online Resources


Inspired by global amphibian declines, Amphibiaweb is a free portal to information about amphibian biology and conservation. The database is easy to search and browse, and has links to related organizations.


Center for North American Herpetology

This CNAH is dedicated to protecting and conserving North American amphibians, crocodilians, reptiles, and turtles through education. This site is a portal to a wealth of information, including related websites and organizations, standard common and scientific names, current news, new species, and jobs and careers in herpetology.


New Jersey Field Guide for Reptiles and Amphibians

Each of New Jersey’s 71 species of reptiles and amphibians is described in downloadable fact sheets, complete with pictures and distribution maps. You can also listen to audio clips of the calls of all frogs and toads.


Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

A not-for-profit organization founded in 1958, the SSAR is the largest international herpetological society, and has a diverse program of publications, meetings, and other activities. Membership in the Society is open to anyone interested in herpetology.