Biographies of Kansas Herpetologists

Kansas is exceptional in its history of noted herpetologists; many were born here, some lived in Kansas during formative periods of their lives, while others made significant discoveries just while passing through. These biographies acknowledge their individual efforts and provide context to their life and times. They also attempt, as possible, to put faces to the names listed often in the KHA. The cumulative results of their work are simultaneously inspirational and humbling.


Joseph T. Collins ca. 1979 along Shoal Creek, Cherokee County, Kansas.

COLLINS, JOSEPH T. JR.
Joseph Thomas Collins, Jr. (3 July 1939 — 14 January 2012)

Joe was born in Crooksville, Ohio, the son of Joseph Thomas Collins and Luvadelle Aichele Collins. He spent his childhood in Norwood, Ohio, and received an associate’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. In 1967 Joe joined the University of Kansas Museum of Natural History as a collections manager.
He ultimately became the Editor of the Museum’s publications until his retirement on 5 September 1997 following a distinguished 30-year career. Notable achievements while at KU included his recognition as Conservationist of the Year by the Kansas Wildlife Federation, President of the Kansas Academy of Science, and the 1979 Classified Employee of the Year at KU. Joe co-founded the Kansas Herpetological Society in 1973-1974. Under Joe’s watchful eye, the KHS grew to be the largest and most active academically based regional herpetology organization. Joe was the Society's first Editor in 1974 and served as President in 1983.
He wrote his first scientific paper in 1959 and his first book in l974. Since then, he has written over 300 scientific or semi-popular articles and 28 books.
At 19, Joe joined the recently formed regionally-based Ohio Herpetological Society and immediately began to play a major role in its transformation into the internationally renowned Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles the world’s largest professional herpetological society. In his tenure, Joe served the OHS/SSAR for over 40 years as an Editor, Secretary, Committee chair, and as its President in 1978.
Joe married Suzanne Cupp on 12 December 1984. They co-founded The Center for North American Herpetology in 1994 to benefit the amphibians, crocodilians, reptiles, and turtles of North America and the scientists that study them. CNAH and the KHS established the Collins Award in 1998 in honor of Joe and Suzanne’s contributions. Given annually, the Collins Award is the largest cash prize given for excellence in herpetological scholarship and photography.
Joe enjoyed his research positions at the Kansas Biological Survey and the Sternberg Museum of Natural History. He also found time to teach herpetology classes at the Regents Center in Overland Park and Washburn University.
Although his primary interest was in herpetology, he also published on mammalogy, ichthyology, systematics, and taxonomy. Joe is the state’s most prolific author about Kansas’s wildlife. The Governor of Kansas proclaimed him the Kansas Wildlife Author Laureate in 1996. Joe has authored or co-authored 179 publications referencing Kansas herpetology.. His titles include Amphibians and Reptiles in Kansas (four editions), Fishes in Kansas, and Turtles in Kansas. He also co-authored the Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America.
In contrast to his significant stature in herpetology, Joe was gifted in his ability to make others welcome and to mentor those who shared his interest. He and Suzanne were pivotal in the scientific development of their three "semi-adopted kids" (Kelly J Irwin, Travis W Taggart, and Emily Moriarty-Lemmon), in addition to the many students whom he guided. 
Joe passed away at his vacation home on St. George Island, Florida.
He has a folder of materials in the Kenneth Spencer Research Library Archival Collections: https://archives.lib.ku.edu/repositories/3/resources/3488
The Collinses' Mountain Chorus Frog (Pseudacris collinsorum) was named in honor of Suzanne and Joe Collins in 2020 by (Ospina, Tieu, Apodaca, and Emily Moriarty-Lemmon. Copeia. 108 (4): 778–795). This species ranges from southwestern North Carolina/southeastern Tennessee, south through northern Georgia to most of Alabama (south of the Tennessee River), and west to northeastern Mississippi.
Last Updated: 1/25/2023 10:44:39 AM
Relevant Literature: 179 publications
1972 Pisani, George R., Joseph T. Collins, and Stephen R. Edwards. A re-evaluation of the subspecies of Crotalus horridus. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 75(3):255-263
1974 Ashton, Ray E., Jr. and Joseph T. Collins. Rare, endangered and extirpated species in Kansas II. Amphibians and Reptiles. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 76(3):185-192
1974 Ashton, Ray E., Jr., Joseph T. Collins, and Gary W. Ferguson. Reptiles and Amphibians: 4-H Leaders Guide. Cooperative Extension Service, Environmental Education, Kansas State University, Manhattan. pp.
1974 Collins, Joseph T. A range extension and addition to the herpetofauna of Kansas. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 76(1):88-90
1974 Collins, Joseph T. Amphibians and Reptiles in Kansas University of Kansas Museum of Natural History Public Education Series (1):283 pp
1974 Collins, Joseph T. Questionnaire results. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (2):
1974 Platt, Dwight R., Joseph T. Collins, and Ray E. Ashton, Jr. Rare, endangered and extirpated species in Kansas. II. Amphibians and reptiles. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 76(3):185-192
1975 Collins, Joseph T. Observations on reproduction in the Southern Coal Skink (Eumeces anthracinus pluvialis Cope). Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 77(2):126-127
1975 Collins, Joseph T. and Mary E. Dawson. Crawfish Frog re-discovered in Kansas. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (7):
1976 Collins, Joseph T. Kansas snakes: An educational experience. Kansas Fish and Game 33(4):16-19
1976 Collins, Joseph T. and Janalee P. Caldwell. New records of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles (in Kansas for 1975). Technical Publication of the State Biological Survery of Kansas 1():78-97
1977 Black, Jeffrey Howard and Joseph T. Collins. An albino Ambystoma tigrinum mavortium from Kansas. Herpetological Review 8(1):5
1977 Caldwell, Janalee P. and Joseph T. Collins. New records of fishes, amphibians and reptiles in Kansas. Technical Publication of the State Biological Survey of Kansas (4):63-78
1977 Collins, Joseph T. Kansas frogs and toads. Kansas Fish and Game 34(3):12-16
1977 Collins, Joseph T. and Janalee P. Caldwell. A bibliography of the amphibians and reptiles of Kansas (1854-1976). Reports of the State Biology Survey, Kansas 12():1-56
1977 Knight, James L. and Joseph T. Collins. The amphibians and reptiles of Cheyenne County, Kansas, Report Number 15. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence. 19pp.
1977 Rundquist, Eric M. and Joseph T. Collins. The amphibians of Cherokee County, Kansas. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence. 12pp.
1978 Collins, Joseph T. Rediscovery of the western cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma) in southeastern Kansas Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 80(2):71-74
1978 Collins, Joseph T. The Osage Copperhead. University of Kansas Museum of Natural History Association Newsleter (7(2)):71-74
1978 Collins, Joseph T. and Janalee P. Caldwell. New records of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles in Kansas for 1977. Technical Publication of the State Biological Survery of Kansas 6():70-88
1978 Collins, Joseph T., James E. Huheey, James L. Knight, and Hobart M. Smith. Standard common and current scientific names for North American amphibians and reptiles. Herpetological Circulars (7):36
1979 Collins, Joseph T. Geographic distribution: Gastrophryne olivacea. Herpetological Review 10(3):101
1979 Collins, Joseph T. New records of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles in Kansas for 1978. Technical Publication of the State Biological Survery of Kansas 8():56-66
1979 Roth, Stanley D. and Joesph T. Collins. Geographic distribution: Bufo debilis insidior. Herpetological Review 10():118
1980 Collins, Joseph T. Kansas turtles. Kansas Fish and Game (37(3)):11-14
1980 Collins, Joseph T. New records of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles in Kansas for 1979. Technical Publication of the State Biological Survery of Kansas 9():1-11
1980 Collins, Joseph T. Petition to the Kansas Fish and Game Commission. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (37):12-14
1981 Caldwell, Janalee P. and Joseph T. Collins. Turtles in Kansas. AMS Publishing, Lawrence, Kansas. pp.
1981 Collins, Joseph T. New records of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles in Kansas for 1980. Technical Publication of the State Biological Survery of Kansas 10():7-19
1981 Collins, Joseph T., Peter Gray, Hank Guarisco, Kelly J. Irwin, and Larry Miller. The Kansas Herpetological Society Presents Endangered and Threatened Amphibians and Reptiles in Kansas. Kansas Herpetological Society, Lawrence. pp.
1982 Collins, Joseph T. Amphibians and Reptiles in Kansas. 2nd edition. University of Kansas Museum of Natural History Public Education Series (8):
1982 Collins, Joseph T. Report to the Kansas Fish and Game Commission on the status of three amphibians in southeastern Kansas. Kansas Fish and Game Commission, Pratt. 57pp.
1982 Collins, Joseph T., Roger Conant, James E. Huheey, James L. Knight, Eric M. Rundquist, and Hobart M. Smith. Current scientific names for North American amphibians and reptiles. Second Edition. Herpetological Circulars (12):28
1982 Guarisco, Hank, Peter Gray, and Joseph T. Collins. Focus of 1982 KHS field trips. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (47):5-6
1983 Collins, Joseph T. New records of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles in Kansas for 1982 . Technical Publication of the State Biological Survey of Kansas 13():9-21
1984 Collins, Joseph T. New records of fishes, amphibians and reptiles in Kansas for 1984. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (58):14-20
1984 Collins, Joseph T. New records of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles in Kansas for 1983. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (56):15-26
1984 Collins, Joseph T. The lizards of Oz. Kansas Wildlife 41(2):43085
1985 Collins, Joseph T. (Editor) Natural Kansas. University Press of Kansas, Lawrence. pp.
1985 Collins, Joseph T. and David M. Hillis. Final report to the Kansas Fish and Game Commission on the Gray Treefrogs of Kansas. Contract #75. ():12
1985 Fitch, Henry S. and Joseph T. Collins. Intergradation of the Osage and Broad-banded Copperheads in Kansas. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 88(3-4):135-137
1986 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians and reptiles in Kansas for 1985. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (63):4
1986 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians and reptiles in Kansas for 1986. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (66):9-16
1987 Collins, Joseph T. A numerical summary of herpetological county records and size maxima records for Kansas, 1975 to 1986. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (67):16-18
1987 Collins, Joseph T. A report to the Kansas Fish and Game Commission summarizing the known voucher specimens for selected species of amphibians and reptiles in Kansas. Kansas Fish and Game Commission, Pratt. 19pp.
1987 Hillis, David M., Joseph T. Collins, and James P. Bogart. Distribution of diploid and tetraploid species of Gray Tree Frogs (Hyla chrysoscelis and Hyla versicolor) in Kansas American Midland Naturalist 117(1):214-217
1987 Irwin, K. J. and J. T. Collins. Amphibians and reptiles of Cheyenne Bottoms. Cheyenne Bottoms: an environmental assessment Kansas Biological Survey and the Kansas Geological Survey, Lawrence. pp.
1987 Irwin, Kelly J. and Joseph T. Collins. Amphibians and Reptiles of Cheyenne Bottoms. Kansas Biological Survey and Kansas Geological Survey, Pratt, Kansas. 401-432pp.
1988 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians and reptiles in Kansas for 1987. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (71):13-19
1988 Whipple, Jeffery F. and Joseph T. Collins. First complete clutch record for the Central Plains Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum gentilis) in Kansas. 91():187-188
1989 Collins, Joseph T. First Kansas herp counts held in 1989. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (77):11-
1989 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians and reptiles in Kansas for 1988. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (75):15-18
1989 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians and reptiles in Kansas for 1989. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (78):16-21
1990 Collins, Joseph T. Maximum size records for Kansas amphibians and reptiles. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (81):13-17
1990 Collins, Joseph T. Results of second Kansas herp count held during April-May 1990. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (81):10-12
1990 Collins, Joseph T. Standard common and current scientific names for North American amphibians and reptiles. Third Edition. Herpetological Circulars (19):41
1990 Whipple, Jeffery F. and Joseph T. Collins. A unique pattern variant of the Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana). Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 93():3-4
1990 Whipple, Jeffrey F. and Joseph T. Collins. First Kansas record of reproduction in the Broadhead Skink (Eumeces laticeps). Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 93(3-4):138-139
1991 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians and reptiles in Kansas for 1990. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (83):7-13
1991 Collins, Joseph T. Results of third Kansas herp count held during April-May 1991. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (85):9-13
1991 Collins, Joseph T. Viewpoint: A new taxonomic arrangement for some North American amphibians and reptiles. Herpetological Review 22(2):42-43
1991 Collins, Joseph T. Viewpoint: A new taxonomic arrangement for some North American amphibins and reptiles Herpetological Review 22(2):42-43
1991 Collins, Joseph T. and Suzanne L. Collins. Reptiles and Amphibians of the Cimarron National Grasslands, Morton County, Kansas. U. S. Forest Service, Elkhart, Kansas. 60pp.
1991 Collins, Joseph T., Suzanne L. Collins, Bob Gress, and Gerald Wiens. Kansas Wildlife. University Press of Kansas, Lawrence. pp.
1991 Conant, Roger and Joseph T. Collins. Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America. 3rd ed. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, Massachusetts. pp.
1991 Potts, George D. and Joseph T. Collins. A Checklist of the Vertebrate Animals of Kansas. The University of Kansas Museum of Natural History, Special Publications, Lawrence, Kansas. 42pp.
1992 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians and reptiles in Kansas for 1991. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (87):12-17
1992 Collins, Joseph T. Reply to Grobman on variation in Opheodrys aestivus. Herpetological Review 23(1):15-16
1992 Collins, Joseph T. Results of the fourth Kansas herp count held during April-May 1992. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (89):10-
1992 Collins, Joseph T. The evolutionary species concept: A reply to Van Devender et al. and Montanucci. Herpetological Review 23(2):43-46
1992 Powell, Robert, Joseph T. Collins, and Lee D. Fish. Virginia valeriae. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles (552):1-6
1993 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians and reptiles in Kansas for 1992. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (92):16-20
1993 Collins, Joseph T. and Rundquist, Eric M. Results of the fifth Kansas herp count held during April-June 1993 . Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (94):7-11
1993 Collins, Joseph T. and Suzanne L. Collins. Amphibians and Reptiles in Kansas. Third Edition. University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Lawrence. 397pp.
1993 Collins, Joseph T. and Suzanne L. Collins. Reptiles and Amphibians of Cheyenne Bottoms. Hearth Publishing, Hillsboro, Kansas. pp.
1993 Collins, Joseph T.. Foreword. Explanation of Taylor's Latin name usage. Pages 9-10 in Kansas Herpetological Society Special Publication No. 2, Lawrence. pp.
1993 Miller, Larry L. and Joseph T. Collins. History, distribution and habitat requirements for three species of threatened reptiles in eastern Kansas. Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Pratt. 29pp.
1994 Collins, Joseph T. A list of specimens of amphibians and reptiles from Geary and Riley counties in collections outside of Kansas. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence. 68pp.
1994 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians and reptiles in Kansas for 1993. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (97):15-19
1994 Collins, Joseph T. Specific bibliographies for fifteen kinds of amphibians and reptiles that may occur in the Neosho River drainage. Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Pratt. 134pp.
1994 Collins, Joseph T., Suzanne L. Collins, and Bob Gress. Kansas Wetlands: A Wildlife Treasury. University Press of Kansas, Lawrence. pp.
1994 Irwin, Kelly J. and Joseph T. Collins. A survey for threatened and endangered herpetofauna in the lower Marais des Cygnes River valley Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, . 6pp.
1994 Powell, Robert, Joseph T. Collins, and Lee D. Fish. Virginia striatula. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles (599):1-6
1995 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians and reptiles in Kansas for 1994. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (100):24-47
1995 Collins, Joseph T., Suzanne L. Collins, Jerry Horak, Daniel Mulhern, William H. Busby, Craig C. Freeman, and G. Wallace. An Illustrated Guide to Endangered or Threatened Species in Kansas. University Press of Kansas, Lawrence. pp.
1995 Miller, Larry L. and Joseph T. Collins. In memoriam. Gene David Trott. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (100):22
1995 Moriarty, Emily C. and Joseph T. Collins. An estimate of numbers of Plains leopard frogs at a site in northeastern Kansas. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (102):14-15
1995 Moriarty, Emily C. and Joseph T. Collins. First known occurrence of amphibian species in Kansas. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (100):28-30
1996 Busby, William H., Joseph T. Collins, and Jeffery R. Parmelee. The Reptiles and Amphibians of Fort Riley and Vicinity. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence. pp.
1996 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians and reptiles in Kansas for 1995. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (103):13-15
1996 Collins, Joseph T. Retail prices of Kansas amphibians and reptiles. Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Pratt. 4pp.
1996 Collins, Joseph T. and Suzanne L. Collins. A Guide to Great Snakes of Kansas. Western Resources, Topeka, Kansas. pp.
1997 Collins, Joseph T. A report on the KHS fall field trip to the Marais des Cygnes wildlife refuges. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (110):2-3
1997 Collins, Joseph T. Creature feature: The Ringneck Snake. Friends Hidden Valley News, Lawrence, Kansas (Fall):
1997 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians and reptiles in Kansas for 1996. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (107):14-16
1997 Collins, Joseph T. Standard common and current scientific names for North American amphibians and reptiles. Fourth Edition. Herpetological Circulars (25):40
1998 Collins, Joseph T. In Memoriam. Alan H. Kamb. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (114):5
1998 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians and reptiles in Kansas for 1997. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (111):12-14
1998 Collins, Joseph T. Results of the KHS silver anniversary fall field trip. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (114):6-
1998 Conant, Roger and Joseph T. Collins. Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America. 3rd ed, expanded. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, Massachusetts. pp.
1998 Mosier, Dan and Joseph T. Collins. Geographic Distribution. Storeria occipitomaculata. Herpetological Review 29(2):116
1998 Sievert, Gregory and Joseph T. Collins. Geographic Distribution. Graptemys ouachitensis. Herpetological Review 29(2):109
1999 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians and reptiles in Kansas for 1998. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (116):14-15
1999 Collins, Joseph T. and Jewell Willhite. An interview with Joseph T. Collins. Oral History Project, Endacott Society, University of Kansas, Lawrence. 63pp.
1999 Potts, George D., Joseph T. Collins, and Kate Shaw. A Checklist of the Vertebrate Animals of Kansas. Second edition. Bulletin of the Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, Kansas. pp.
2000 Collins, Joseph T. A checklist of the amphibians, turtles, and reptiles of the Flint Hills Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Butler and Greenwood counties, Kansas. Kansas Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Topeka. 14pp.
2000 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians and reptiles in Kansas for 1999. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (119):7-9
2000 Irwin, Kelly J. and Joseph T. Collins. Geographic distribution. Thamnophis radix (Plains Garter Snake). Herpetological Review 31(1):58
2000 Moriarty, Emily C., Suzanne L. Collins, and Joseph T. Collins. Geographic distribution. Gastrophryne olivacea. Herpetological Review 31(1):50
2000 Taggart, Travis W. and Joseph T. Collins. Geographic distribution. Eumeces laticeps. Herpetological Review 31(1):52
2001 Collins, Joseph T. Cheyenne Bottoms Amphibians, Turtles, and Reptiles. Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Pratt. pp.
2001 Collins, Joseph T. Frank Cross (1925-2001) In Memoriam. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (125):2
2001 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians and reptiles in Kansas for 2000. Kansas Herpetological Society Newsletter (124):6-8
2001 Collins, Joseph T. and Suzanne L. Collins. A Guide to Great Snakes of Kansas. 2nd ed. Western Resources, Topeka, Kansas. pp.
2002 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians and reptiles in Kansas for 2001. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (1):10-11
2002 Collins, Joseph T. and Travis W. Taggart. Standard Common Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, and Crocodilians. 5th ed. The Center for North American Herpetology, Lawrence, Kansas. pp.
2002 Collins, Joseph T., Travis W. Taggart Curtis J. Schmidt, and Suzanne L. Collins. Geographic distribution: Phrynosoma cornutum. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (2):10-11
2002 Collins, Suzanne L. and Joseph T. Collins. Size maxima: Arizona elegans. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (4):4
2002 Collins, Suzanne L., Joseph T. Collins, and Eric Kessler. Geographic distribution: Lampropeltis calligaster. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (3):13
2002 Taggart, Travis W., Curtis J. Schmidt, and Joseph T. Collins. Range extension of the Texas Longnose Snake in western Kansas. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (1):8
2003 Collins, Joseph T. Douglas County herp count. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (7):8
2003 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians and reptiles in Kansas for 2002. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (5):13-16
2003 Toal, Kevin R. and Joseph T. Collins. Cnemidophorus sexlineatus (Six-lined Racerunner). Maximum size. Herpetological Review 34(1):59
2003 Toal, Kevin R. and Joseph T. Collins. Gastrophryne carolinensis (Eastern Narrowmouth Toad). Maximum size. Herpetological Review 34(1):50
2004 Collins, Joseph T. Geographic distribution. Storeria dekayi. Kansas. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (12):17
2004 Collins, Joseph T. Marais des Cygnes herp count. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (11):11
2004 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians, turtles, and reptiles in Kansas for 2003. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (9):8-11
2004 Collins, Suzanne L. and Joseph T. Collins. Life history notes. Storeria dekayi. Reproduction. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (12):18
2005 Busby, William H., Joseph T. Collins, and G. Suleiman. The Snakes, Lizards, Turtles, and Amphibians of Fort Riley and Vicinity. 2nd (revised) ed. Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence. pp.
2005 Collins, Joseph T. Marais des Cygnes WMA herp count. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (15):9
2005 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians, turtles, and reptiles in Kansas for 2004. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (13):13-16
2005 Irwin, Kelly J. and Joseph T. Collins. A survey for selected species of herpetofauna in the lower Marais des Cygnes river valley, Linn and Miami counties, Kansas. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (14):12-13
2005 Mulhern, Daniel and Joseph T. Collins. Cherokee County herp count. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (15):7
2005 Mulhern, Daniel and Joseph T. Collins. Marais des Cygnes NWR herp count. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (15):9
2005 Potts, George D. and Joseph T. Collins. Checklist of the Vertebrate Animals of Kansas. Third edition. Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. pp.
2005 Sanders, R., B. Wolhuter, and Joseph T. Collins. Geographic distribution: Sternotherus odoratus from Kansas. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (16):22
2005 Whitney, Chad and Joseph T. Collins. Franklin County herp count. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (15):8
2006 Collins, Joseph T. KHS spring field trip herp count. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (19):7-8
2006 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians, turtles, and reptiles in Kansas for 2005. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (17):14-16
2006 Collins, Joseph T. and Suzanne L. Collins. A Pocket Guide to Kansas Snakes. 1st ed. Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita, Kansas. pp.
2006 Collins, Joseph T. and Suzanne L. Collins. Amphibians, Turtles and Reptiles of Cheyenne Bottoms. 2nd ed. Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. pp.
2006 Collins, Joseph T. and Suzanne L. Collins. Ninth annual running of the lizards. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (20):8
2006 Collins, Joseph T. and Suzanne L. Collins. Washburn University herpetology class field trip. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (20):9
2006 Collins, Joseph T. and Travis W. Taggart. Recent significant name changes for the amphibians of the United States. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (18):7
2006 Collins, Suzanne L., Joseph T. Collins and Travis W. Taggart. Longton area herp count. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (19):6-7
2006 Taggart, Travis W., Joseph T. Collins, and Curtis J. Schmidt. Herpetological collections and collecting in Kansas. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (17):17-20
2007 Collins, Joseph T. A checklist of the amphibians, turtles, and reptiles of the Flint Hills Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Butler and Greenwood counties, Kansas. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (22):9-10
2007 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians, turtles, and reptiles in Kansas for 2006. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (21):11-13
2007 Collins, Suzanne L., Travis W. Taggart, and Joseph T. Collins. Linn County herpetofaunal count. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (23):9
2007 Collins, Suzanne L.. Geographic distribution. Trachemys scripta. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (24):15
2007 Lemmon, Emily M., Alan R. Lemmon, Joseph T. Collins, J.A. Leeyaw, and David C. Cannatella. Phylogeny based delimitation of species boundaries and contact zones in the trilling chorus frogs (Pseudacris). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 44():1068-1082
2007 Taggart, Travis W., Joseph T. Collins, and Curtis J. Schmidt. Estimates of amphibian, reptile, and turtle mortality if Phostoxin is applied to 10,000 acres of prairie dog burrows in Logan County, Kansas. Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Pratt. 5pp.
2008 Collins, Joseph T. In Memoriam. Robert F. Clarke (1919-2008). Journal of Kansas Herpetology (26):5
2008 Collins, Joseph T. Leap and learn year. Kansas Traveler (Winter):1
2008 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians, reptiles, and turtles in Kansas for 2007. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (25):9-11
2008 Collins, Joseph T. and Travis W. Taggart. A proposal to retain Masticophis as the generic name for the Coachwhip and Whipsnakes Journal of Kansas Herpetology (27):12
2008 Collins, Joseph T. and Travis W. Taggart. An alternative classification of the New World rat snakes (genus Pantherophis [Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae]). Journal of Kansas Herpetology (26):16-18
2008 Moriarty-Lemmon, Emily, Alan R. Lemmon, Joseph T. Collins, and David C. Cannatella. A new North American chorus frog species (Amphibia: Hylidae: Pseudacris) from the south-central United States. Zootaxa (1675):1-30
2008 Taggart, Travis W. and Joseph T. Collins. Wicked serpent of the west. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (27):7
2009 Collins, Joseph T. In Memorium: Marjorie Elaine Rowland Perry (1915-2009). Journal of Kansas Herpetology (30):8
2009 Collins, Joseph T. New records of amphibians, reptiles, and turtles in Kansas for 2008. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (29):8-10
2009 Collins, Joseph T. and Suzanne L. Collins. A Pocket Guide to Kansas Snakes. 2nd ed. Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita, Kansas. pp.
2009 Collins, Joseph T. and Suzanne L. Collins. Geographic distribution. Regina grahamii. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (30):11
2009 Collins, Joseph T. and Travis W. Taggart. Standard Common and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, and Crocodilians. 6th ed. The Center for North American Herpetology, Lawrence, Kansas. 44pp.
2009 Collins, Joseph T., Suzanne L. Collins, and Travis W. Taggart. A follow-up evaluation of two anuran repatriations in southeastern and southwestern Kansas. Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Pratt. 15pp.
2009 Collins, Suzanne L., Travis W. Taggart and Joseph T. Collins. Cherokee County herpetofaunal count. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (31):6
2009 Pearce, Michael, Suzanne L. Collins, Travis W. Taggart, and Joseph T. Collins. Elk County Herpetofaunal Count. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (31):7
2010 Collins, Joseph T. An accurate accounting of an inaccurate statement about snake taxonomy. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (36):14-15
2010 Collins, Joseph T. The Kansas Herpetological Society 37th Annual Meeting. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (36):2-7
2010 Collins, Joseph T. and George R. Pisani. History and distribution of the Western Green Lacerta, Lacerta bilineta (Reptilia: Squamata: Lacertidae) in Topeka, Kansa. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (34):8-9
2010 Collins, Joseph T. and George R. Pisani. In Memoriam Ray E. Ashton, Jr. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (34):7
2010 Collins, Joseph T., Suzanne L. Collins, and Travis W. Taggart. Amphibians, Reptiles, and Turtles of Kansas Eagle Mountain Publishing., Provo, Utah. 400pp.
2010 Collins, Suzanne L. and Joseph T. Collins. East-Central County Herpetofaunal Count. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (35):6
2010 Collins, Suzanne L. and Joseph T. Collins. Geographic Distribution: Tropidoclonion lineatum (Lined Snake). Journal of Kansas Herpetology (33):6
2010 Collins, Suzanne L. and Joseph T. Collins. Woodson County Herpetofaunal Count. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (35):9
2010 Collins, Suzanne L., Travis W. Taggart, and Joseph T. Collins. Red Hills Herpetofaunal Count. Journal of Kansas Herpetology (35):8
2011 Collins, Joseph T., Suzanne L. Collins, and Travis W. Taggart. Amphibians, Reptiles, and Turtles of the Cimarron National Grassland, Kansas. Second (Revised) Edition. U. S. Forest Service, . pp.
2015 Collins, Joseph T., Suzanne L. Collins, and Travis W. Taggart. A Pocket Guide to Kansas Snakes. Fifth Edition. Friends of the Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita, Kansas. 67pp.
2016 Powell, Robert, Roger Conant, and Joseph T. Collins. Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston. 494pp.