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I Hit Hidden Albino Genes AGAIN

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Posted by: scaledverts at Thu Aug 9 12:57:09 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by scaledverts ]  
   

Hello,

This is the second time this breeding season that snakes have been het for albino but I didn't know it.

This time it was my het leucy Texas Rats.

A little background first:

This pair of Texas rats came from breeding my leucy Texas to a het leucy male (breeder loan from a friend). They are quite nice and light as far as Texas rats go.



I kept back this pair because they are half siblings to an odd paradox/pied texas rat that popped up in a clutch from a small Florida breeder.

Well I bred them back together and expected to get a few leucy's and some good looking normals. The female gave me 8 good eggs and they incubated for just under 60 days.

I come home two days ago to find a pink nose sticking out of the egg, the pink nose had pattern on it which meant it was an albino! Needless to say I was perplexed! Neither of the grandparents of these snakes was known to be het albino. None of the clutchmates of the parents were het albino (or any of the other half siblings from the male's other clutches either). As far as I know, the grandparents were true Texas rats. Although it is hard to know for sure with the leucy grandmother.

Here's another weird part of it all, so far 5 eggs have pipped and ALL 5 carry the albino gene (at least 2 pink eye leucys and 1 albino, the others are still in the eggs but they are albino too just not sure if leucy or regular albino). The chances that many out of 8 are albino is pretty small 1/4 for each snake basically.

This is also pretty funny to me because of the thread I started below asking about t-negative albino texas rats...I had no idea these were going to hatch when I started the thread below!

Here are some pictures of the one albino that has ventured out of the egg so far and a pic of a wild caught albino texas that was posted in the other thread.

Thoughts/opinions?





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