MSP22 student, Hayley Crowell, at UM Museum of Zoology

The U-M Museum of Zoology recently acquired tens of thousands of scientifically priceless reptile and amphibian specimens, including roughly 30,000 snakes preserved in alcohol-filled glass jars.  The new acquisitions boost the university’s collection of reptiles and amphibians to roughly half a million specimens, including some 70,000 snakes. With the latest additions, U-M now maintains the largest research collection of snakes anywhere in the world, according to museum curators.  MSP22 and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology PhD student, Hayley Crowell, studies one of the snake specimens.

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