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RE: Louisiana Pine Snake x Bull Snake?

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Posted by: Aaron at Thu Apr 26 05:04:42 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Aaron ]  
   

I believe it has been done because I seem to remember reading about some fake Louisiana Pines on the Pine/Gopher/Bull forum a few years ago that were discovered to be that cross.

Now I am a "purist" since I like locality specific snakes the best but I am certainly not against hybrids for people who enjoy them. However I think this is the sort of hybrid one should consider very carefully before creating. Louisiana Pines are very rare, both in the wild and in captivity so using one to make a hybrid would be pulling from a very limited genepool. Also that particular hybrid would probably be very similar to a pure Luoisiana Pine and if they fell into the wrong hands could end up tainting a considerable chunk of what little genetic material exists in captivity. I'm not gonna say don't do it but I just think you should be fully informed of the situation with Louisiana Pines before you do. I would much rather see a Louisiana Pine be hybridized with something a bit less confusing, like a Ratsnake or a kingsnake(if that's even possible possible), than with another bull, pine or gopher. Plus I don't think a Louisiana X Bull would look very different from a pure version of either, hence not very interesting. But that's just my opinion, of course looks are in the eye of the beholder and all.
So yeah, there should be some pics somewhere on the bull/pine/gopher forums.
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