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Thrasops schmidti LOVERIDGE, 1936

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Schmidt’s bold-eyed Tree Snake
G: Schmidts Schwarze Baumschlange 
SynonymThrasops jacksonii schmidti LOVERIDGE 1936: 63
Thrasops rothschildi LÖNNBERG 1911 (not MOCQUARD, fide LOVERIDGE 1936)
Thrasops schmidti — BROADLEY & WALLACH 2002
Thrasops schmidti — WALLACH et al. 2014: 730
Thrasops schmidti — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 501 
DistributionKenya (Kenya highlands from Mount Kenya south to Nairobi)

Type locality: Meru Forest, Mount Kenya, Kenya.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MCZ 9276, adult female
Paratypes: Royal Swedish Museum 
CommentColor: Subadult olive brown above, greyish white below; adults uniform black.

Habitat: Montane Forest 
EtymologyNamed after Karl Patterson Schmidt (1890-1957), American herpetologist (see Davis 1957 and RESETAR & VORIS 1997 for biographical notes). 
References
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • BROADLEY, D. G. & V. WALLACH 2002. Review of the Dispholidini, with the description of a new genus and species from Tanzania (Serpentes, Colubridae). Bull. nat.Hist. Mus. Lond (Zool.), 68(2): 57-74.
  • Davis, D.D. 1959. Karl Patterson Schmidt, 1890-1957. Copeia 1959 (3): 189-192 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1936. New tree snakes of the genera Thrasops and Dendraspis from Kenya Colony. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 49: 63-66 - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
 
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