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Herpetology

Read how the remarkable find of 5 species of critically endangered tree frogs will influence Mexico's conservation efforts for its rare frog species!.

Learn about the Burke's research on the coastal-tailed frog, one of the specimens on display in our Wild Nearby exhibit.

herpteology specimens in jars

Herpetology collections are accessible through the Arctos website. Search for “Amphibian and reptile specimens” under "Burke Museum."

Horned lizard sitting on a rock.

Though the lizards may seem like a portal to a bygone era, their habitat and survival faces serious threats today.

Tailed frog

Why are frogs so endangered? What eats frogs?

American Bullfrog

Do they live in salt water? How did bullfrogs arrive in Washington state?

Long-toed Salamander

What's the largest salamander? What are caecilians?

Green Frog

Why are frogs slimy? How do frogs swallow?

Pacific Tree Frog

What do amphibians eat? How do they breathe?

Pacific Tree Frog

What do amphibians eat? How do frogs swallow their prey? We put together answers to some of the most common questions we hear.

A male Anolis krugi, Mata de Plátano, Puerto Rico.

Matt McElroy hopes to answer how and why biological evolution occurred in the past, and what role thermal adaptation played in this process.

Liolaemus and Rainbow

Studying hybrid zones offers a unique view into the evolutionary processes that either generate or extinguish species.

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