Tantilla bairdi STUART, 1941
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Tantilla bairdi?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Baird's Black-headed Snake|
|Synonym||Tantilla bairdi STUART 1941|
Tantilla bairdi — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 294
Tantilla bairdi — WILSON 1999
Tantilla bairdi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 699
|Distribution||C Guatemala (Alta Verapaz), elevation 1524-1550 m|
Type locality.- Two km NE Finca Chichén (10 straight line km S Cobán) on Chamelco trail, ca. 1550 m elevation, Depto. Alta Verapaz, Guatemala.
|Types||Holotype: UMMZ 89223, adult female|
|Comment||Only known from two specimens (Wilson & Mata-Silva 2015)|
|Etymology||Named after James Baird, “whose gifts to the University of Michigan have contributed to the support of my Guatemalan investigations” (cited after STUART 1941). James Baird (May 18, 1873 – May 16, 1953) was an American civil engineer, football player and coach. He played football for the University of Michigan from 1892 to 1895 and was captain of the 1894 team. He was also an assistant football coach at Michigan from 1897 to 1898. He worked for the George A. Fuller Co. for 23 years and eventually became its president. He later formed his own construction company called the James Baird Company. Baird directed the construction of many important buildings, including the Flatiron Building, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington Memorial Amphitheater, and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (biographical data kindly supplied by Michael Watkins).|