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Posted by: trivirgata at Thu Sep 29 19:08:38 2005  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by trivirgata ]  
   

This whole thing has created a ton of different opinions on if these animals are in fact “snows”. I’m led to believe that they are not based on the whole genetic equations posted by folks that truly know how all that works ( I for one am a big dummy when it comes to all that stuff ), and the conversation that I just had with Randy Limburg.

Randy quoted that he acquired the original male albino (as a neonate) in 1993. He then put the word out to close friends to collect females from Temecula. In the process of getting females, a friend (that is not in to snakes) found a large Rosy, put it in a bag, and left it on Randy’s front porch for Randy to find when he returned home that evening. To Randy’s surprise it was an odd looking (i.e. color) animal, even for a Temecula animal. Thinking it might be an anery, he bred it to normal looking females to produce hets in 1994 in hopes to prove that it was in fact an anery. At that time there was a lot of skepticism that it was an anery. During this period of time the albino male was growing like crazy. In 1995 the first het albinos were produced. (The first available albino hets were sold to Ric in 1996, and had nothing to do with the anery project.) As Randy put it “the odds are like that of winning the lottery”. Of the het anery’s born in 1994, a pair went to Gary Keasler. Now, without talking to Gary (which I will do tonight) I don’t know if the albino that Ric got from Gary was het or possible het for anery too. Anyway, in 1997 the first anery’s were produced from the hets, proving the gene out. Also in 1997, the first of any female albino’s were produced to breed to the anery’s.

The snow project was started in 1999. Randy bred the original w/c anery male with albino females, which only produced infertile egg masses. He tried again in 2000, producing only infertile egg masses. In 2002 using the 1997 c/b anery’s and the 1997 c/b albinos, Randy was able to produce the first double het for snow animals. In 2006 the first “Limburg Snow’s” will be produced. Currently Randy does not believe that the animals that Ric has are “Snows”, just very light colored albinos. He is as we all are, waiting with anticipation to see what the animals will look like after shedding. It may sound strange, but Randy gave me the authority to post this information, as he himself does not use the internet, and likes to remain a private person.

Jerry Hartley
www.LocalityRosys.com


   

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