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Tantilla nigriceps KENNICOTT, 1860

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Plains Blackhead Snake
G: Flachland-Schwarzkopfschlange 
SynonymTantilla nigriceps KENNICOTT 1860: 328
Scolecophis fumiceps COPE 1860: 371
Homalocranion praeoculum BOCOURT 1883: 582
Tantilla nigriceps — GARMAN 1884: 88
Tantilla kirnia BLANCHARD 1938 (fide MARX 1958)
Tantilla nigriceps fumiceps — SMITH 1942: 475
Tantilla nigriceps — STEBBINS 1985: 219
Tantilla nigriceps — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 221
Tantilla nigriceps — LINER 1994
Tantilla nigriceps — LINER 2007
Tantilla nigriceps — WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014: 42
Tantilla nigriceps — WALLACH et al. 2014: 703 
DistributionUSA (W Colorado, SW Nebraska, Kansas, W Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming ?),
Mexico (Chihuahua, Durango, Nuevo Leon [HR 30: 114], Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Sonora)

Elevation: 0-2130 m (WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014)

fumiceps: USA (Texas); Type locality: 9 miles east of Pleasauton, Atascosa County, Texas.

nigriceps: Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma; adjacent Mexico; Type locality: Indianola to Nueces, Texas, and Fort Bliss, EI Paso Co., Texas, restricted to the latter locality by Smith and Taylor (1950), which restriction, however, is invalid, as no
lectotype has ever been designated (fide Wilson 1999).  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesSyntypes: USNM 2046, not USNM 2040, as indicated by Smith and Taylor (1945: 140), collected by Captain Page, and USNM 4491, collected by Dr. S. W. Crawford. These specimens are not currently in the USNM collection (Steve W. Gotte, cited in Wilson 1999). 
Diagnosis 
CommentDiet: small frogs, very small dead fish, and the occasional centipede.

Synonymy: Wilson 1999 listed T. n. fumiceps as synonym of T. nigriceps. 
EtymologyThe name nigriceps is derived from the Latin words niger, meaning “black, dark, or dusky” and caput, meaning “head,” in reference to the black head cap. 
References
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