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Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Suborder Serpentes
Family Colubridae


Tantilla sp.—Blackhead, Flathead, & Crowned SnakesRegional Pleistocene distribution of Tantilla sp.

Several species are known in the Southwest. Vertebral characters that could allow assignment to species are unknown (Parmley 1990). Occurrence in many habitats at most elevations was noted by Van Devender and Worthington (1977).

Tantilla nigriceps, photo by Carls S. LiebFig. 1. Plains Blackhead Snake. Photograph by Carl S. Lieb.


Rancholabrean/Early Holocene: Metro Rail Universal City Station (Jefferson 2014).

Mid Wisconsin: Rancho La Brea (LaDuke 1991).

Mid/Late Wisconsin: Diamond Valley (Springer et al. 2009); Tsuma Properties, San Clemente (Jefferson 2014).

Late Wisconsin/Holocene: Fowlkes Cave (Parmley 1990); Howell's Ridge Cave (Van Devender and Worthington 1977).

Literature. Jefferson 2014; LaDuke 1991; Parmley 1990; Springer et al. 2009; Van Devender and Worthington 1977.


Tantilla hobartsmithi Taylor 1936—Southwestern Blackhead SnakeRegional distribution of Pleistocene Tantilla hobartsmithi

This small snake is widespread today throughout the Southwest and northern Mexico.


Late Wisconsin: Picacho Peak (Van Devender et al. 1991: cf.)

Literature. Van Devender et al. 1991.


Last Update: 22 Apr 2015