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RE: the other possibility is....

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Posted by: FoxTurtle at Fri Aug 10 15:56:18 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by FoxTurtle ]  
   

A lot of the het (for anything) black rats in the hobby don't look like pure black rats. More a mish-mash of gray/texas/black. I think part of the reason for that is that there are large areas of undetermined and intermediate taxonomy (pre-Burbrink). A lot of black rat snakes in the central part of their range resemble a Texas rat snake more so than a classic black.

Of course, with rat snakes, a lot of people seem to just indiscriminately cross the various subspecies. I don't get it. That's how you make kingsnake food.

So yeah, what I was getting at was that I wouldn't expect a typical hobby-grade albino black rat crossed with a Texas rat to be readily identifiable as a cross.
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