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RE: Nelson's Milksnake Morphs

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Posted by: brianm616 at Thu Dec 6 15:29:13 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by brianm616 ]  
   

1. the splotched gene originally comes from a group of animals that were collected from east of sinaloa, mexico. so, geographically speaking, they'd be considered sinaloan milksnakes.

however, they've been mixed into the muddy pool that is today's hobby sinaloan's and nelson's milksnakes.

this is quite a touchy subject for some, and i don't feel like rehashing it on the forum. please send me a pm if you'd like a much lengthier explanation.


2. true nelson's only have two known mutations: amelanism (both tyrosine positive and negative forms).

all tyrosine negative hatchlings initially have white rings in place of where the black would be on a wild type phenotype.

there is a genetic component to the yellowing - some believe it has to to do with how certain individuals process the carotenoids present in their diet of lab raised rodents. over the next two-three years some will therefore yellow up to varying degrees.

having both the dame and the sire being either high yellow or stark white will, of course, have more of an influence one way or another on the offspring they produce.

if you're looking for stark white or high yellow - i'd suggest getting sub-adults or adults. it can really be a craps shoot with hatchlings.



here's a couple examples:

my spastic proven splotched female:



an old picture of my tyrosine postive male:



a couple of pics of high yellow females:





and a stark white male:


   

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