Herpetology collection

Curator: Dmitry Myloserdov

292 taxidermied amphibians and reptilesas well as some osteological material. The most notable specimens are taxidermy mounts of such rare species as the gharial, tuatara, Galápagos giant tortoise, the aldabra giant tortoise, and the giant salamander (Andrias) bought by Alexander Kohts in 1913 from various foreign companies (Schlüter, Umlauf, Rosenberg), as well as skulls of very large specimens of the Nile crocodile and the family Gavialidae.

Of interest is a decent selection of different types of Palearctic and North American snakes.

In recent years, the collection has been replenished with specimens (mainly snakes and lizards) collected by the museum staff during expeditions to Soviet Central Asia and Primorye (the Far East of Russia, Khabarovsk Krai, and Primorsky Krai).



Toads. The European green toad (Bufo viridis Laur.) on the left and the common toad (B. bufo L.) on the right.