at Thu Nov 19 13:50:30 2015 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by HerpExpert ]
Glad it's doing well for you. also interesting that it came from the same area of Kentucky as Will's did. If it originated from the Jefferson County area, then it's definitely a mutant Black Ratsnake, not a Gray Ratsnake. Is there ANY hint of dark pigmentation (melanin) on this animal's body whatsoever (aside from its pupils that is)? Anyway,....I would expect to see at least SOME vague hints of melanin on the body to deem it a 'calico' Black rat. However, it's possible that there is some other odd genetics involved where it also prevents the production of melanin on the body itself, yet could intensify with other shades such as the other underlying reddish and/or yellow hues that are in these snakes' natural genetics. It'll be very interesting to see how it colors-up later on as it matures. compared to the other known 'calico' Black and Texas ratsnakes already established in the hobby.
Anyway, enjoy raising that cool little juvenile up to adulthood.
irony - "that one person's trash (hybrid snakes) could ever be another person's treasure"..........
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