The Herpetology Collection of amphibians and reptiles began in the late 1960s with the work of Dr. Royce Ballinger, Dr. Alvin Flury and Dr. Gordon Creel. Their efforts were joined by Dr. Gerald Raun in the early 1970s.
Raun made large additions to the collection, bringing the total to more than 10,000 specimens. Raymond Stone curated the collection from 1983-85.
Under the subsequent curation of Dr. J. Kelly McCoy, the collection grew to more than 14,000 specimens. Most specimens are from west-central to north-central Texas, but other areas of the U.S. and Mexico are also represented. Currently, the curator is Dr. Michael Dixon.
The collection includes a large series of many Concho Valley species collected by Dr. Royce Ballinger and his students. Voucher specimens from surveys of Devil’s River State Natural Area and Monahans Sandhills State Park are also housed in the collection. A significant number of specimens from northern Mexico were acquired from Tarleton State University.
Catalog information for specimens in the Herpetology Collection is entered in a searchable database. Much of this information is searchable through our web interface. Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of catalog information, researchers are encouraged to verify information before use or publication. Please contact the curator for more details.
Use and Loan of Specimens
The collection is available for study by all qualified visitors who set up an appointment or request a loan.
Requests for loans from recognized institutions will be honored. Requests must be in writing from the researcher borrowing the material. Loans are made for a period of one year with extensions possible by written request. No destructive sampling is permitted without prior consent.