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RE: Inbred scalation on Indigo's

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Posted by: alanb at Tue Aug 20 13:20:55 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by alanb ]  
   

Matt,

I have produced a ton of hatchling Dry' over the years. I keep all my snakes in the same manner/caging/ temps etc. They are all fed the same diet. I incubate eggs at very tightly controlled temp / humidity / 02 levels. I have seen very few wild caught Drymarchon with aberrant scales. What I have seen first hand is if you breed wc x wc Dry's every single hatchling is perfect. This is true with all the species.
If you breed same maternal line snakes you start to see the aberrations. Our European keepers with a small gene pool have the very same issue happening. When you breed sibling red throat Indigos together the offspring is very high red. Perhaps what we see as beauty is actually weakness. I think we will see more and more of this in the future.


Alan B


   

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