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RE: Stillwater Bullsnake question

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Posted by: Ian Long at Fri Dec 5 11:10:30 2014  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Ian Long ]  
   

I'm guessing that you have not received a reply yet because the pit experts here have retreated from this thread due to a recent flame conflict. So I will give it a shot.

Stillwater hypo bulls are bulls with a certain "look" that results from a simple recessive mutation. So you would call this a morph. There has been a lot of outcrossing from the original line, often referred to as the Ginter line, such that there is debate over what can be called Stillwater hypo. Hypomelanistic seems a poor term for these snakes, since they typically have a fair amount of black coloring, particularly in blotches on the neck and in posterior bands. The black neck blotches may not always be present, but I think of them as part of the classic Stillwater hypo look. There are bulls from some localities with much less black that are not hypos but just normal light colored snakes.

Like almost all pits, Stillwater hypos do develop more color with age. So choosing a baby that will become a knockout is a crap shoot. Experienced breeders may be able to pick better. I have a snake from the original line that is a nice looking animal, but I would not call her an all star. BTW, I think it is common for Stillwater hypos to be calm and relaxed in their demeanor, unlike your herp shop pit. Hope this helps.


   

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