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RE: Baby Eastern

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Posted by: johnnic at Sun Aug 12 00:54:55 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by johnnic ]  
   

well, my take is that tail kinks are more commonly seen in easterns as this is the northern most species of drymarchon and the eggs are the least tolerant to higher incubation temps.

BUT... if u look at the eastern below with the prolapse issue, it's a not just a tail kink there. it's obvious the animal has major inbreeding issues. the ventral scalation is totally asymmetrical with aberrant looking split scales. to sell that animal as just an eastern with a slight tail kink is just plain wrong. i was asked once if split scales/ruffled looking scales are harmful to the snake. obviously, the answer is no but it's an indication of inbreeding and things u can't see such as internal anatomical deformities will eventually catch up to the animal as it ages.


   

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