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RE: Musquiz Canyon animals

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Posted by: bbox at Wed Jun 15 12:10:32 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by bbox ]  
   

Aaron,

I do not know of anyone else breeding this particular locality, so I can only speak for myself. If at all possible, I breed snakes together that were collected as close together as possible. I am VERY anal about this. If I did not have the exact cut male available, I would have bred her to the south canyon snake. I would have made this clear to anyone that would have purchased these offspring. Most people would not care, but I would not have kept any of the offspring for my own stock.

On a related note, I will probably produce three clutches of Black Gaps this year. Two will be from exact cut matched, wild caught snakes, one will be from a captive born snake (Dan Johnson produced, Father was collected by Norm south of the Adam's Ranch cuts just as the road drops off into the long straight away and the Mother was found by Dan at the Limestone cuts.) bred to a wild caught male (Ranger station cuts). While the offspring from this clutch will probably be nicer looking animals than the exact cut matched snakes, they are much less desirable to me because of the distance between where the animals were collected.

Finally, back to the morphology question concerning the Musquiz snakes. I do not believe that there is a large enough sample size to really see any trend in morphology. I do think that the animals from Musquiz tend to look more like Alpine animals than the other localities from the Davis (Limpia, Observatory, Boy Scout Road). That is just my 2 cents. I would love to hear other opinions.

Bryan


   

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