The collection maintained by the Herpetology Section is property of the scientific community. Our duty is mainly to keep the collection in good condition for eternal use, and to make it available for scientific study. Thus, we permit loans to all scientists worldwide that are doing systematic revisions or comparable work.
The following restrictions apply:
- The loanee must be permanent staff of a research museum. If you are a student at a museum, we will lend to your supervisor or the curator of that museum. If you are based somewhere else, please make an agreement with the nearest museum to study the material there.
- Alcohol specimens must be maintained in pure 75-80% ethanol. Ethanol denaturated with methanol or some other desctructive substance must under no circumstances be used.
- Loans are made for periods of 3, 6 or 12 months. To keep it longer, just write, or reply to our reminders. Failure to reply to 2nd reminder will result in some action from us.
- Any kind of dissection or treatment that damages specimens requires prior authorization from us.
- We may refuse a loan if we feel that the loan is not necessary for the study for which requested.
- Linnaean types are not lent, because they are sort of cultural heritage. All other type specimens are avilable for study by loan.
- All international loans must be shipped air mail. Packages containing types must be fully insured, other packages must be insured for the same amount as we have insured them for. This means that unconventional means of transport must be sought for countries not having a system of mail insurance.
- Loanees are not allowed to maintain specimens in any location other than the permanent institutional address of the loanee. This means also that loans cannot be transferred.
- Our collection code is NRM, nothing else.
Address all loan correspondence to the Collection Manager in charge of loans.