Serpentine Specialties

                                                Future Projects

                 

                 Milksnakes 

 

* tangerine "hybino" Hondurans

 These are a visual homozygous combination of amelanism x hypomelanism, except that the hypomelanism is "masked" due to the animal being amelanistic as well.

* aberrant hypo Hondurans 

 I hope to prove this interesting trait to be recessive in this particular bloodline in the near future.

* tri-color hypo Hondurans pending 2012

* pearl/opal Honduran milks

 These are triple homozygous animals that display all three known mutations combined in one animal....amelanism, hypomelanism and anerythrism. .......pending

* hypo het anery Hondurans

(from STUNNING extreme sire)

 These will have the potential to produce some of the nicest "extreme" ghosts in the entire hobby. I have one of THE nicest extreme hypos in the hobby, as well as one of THE nicest, lightest, cleanest adult ghost females in the hobby. Their combined genetics simply cannot be surpassed!........pending 2012.

 These snakes have already bred this 2011 season, so I am very hopeful for some outstanding hypos that also carry the "extreme" gene".

* Yucatan milksnake(L.t.blanchardi)

 I look forward to producing some of these EXTREMELY rare gems in 2013!

The patternless sire of this bloodline was found on a small chicken ranch in 1994 just outside of Quintana Roo, Mexico on the Yucatan peninsula. The female was also imported over to my friend Shannon Brown from the Moscow Zoo in Russia some years later. This is the only bloodline known to exist in any private collections here in the U.S. or Europe.

* Guatemalan milks  (L.t. abnorma)

 These are true central Guatemalan L. t. abnorma. This particular milksnake subspecies is only found in the moderate to high mountain elevations of central Guatemala and just into Chiapas, Mexico in the higher elevations east of Comitan, and in the highlands of the Laguna Ocatol region of Chiapas. 

 Unlike the other Latin milksnakes, L.t. abnorma have very high red ring counts (usually averaging 25 or more to the vent), and have wide, very straight across snout bands with no arched or "V" apex typical of the other Latin subspecies.  Their snout bands also tend to have  prominent forward-bulging ends on them as well.  True L.t. abnorma are also noted for being far "cleaner" and tricolored as adults than polyzona even though they are moderately to heavily black-tipped in their light inner rings. This is very un-like the typical dark bicolored phenotype of L.t. polyzona that L.t. abnorma have historically been mistaken for by hobbyists and many professionals alike for countless years. 

 Even in most literature L.t.abnorma are commonly misidentified and confused with the more northern form of L.t. polyzona that ranges from the coastal lowlands and foothills of Veracruz, Tabasco, and into the lowlands of northern Chiapas, Guatemala, and across into Belize. Indeed polyzona is by far the dominant subspecies in Guatemala, and is precisely why they are commonly confused with  L.t. abnorma. However the difference between the northern Guatemalan polyzona and true L.t. abnorma from the central highlands  is VERY noticeably different! 

 There have not been any true L.t. abnorma  available to the hobby in this country at all since the early 90's, and even then there were precious few authentic specimens. Since that time, they have all virtually disappeared from the hobby entirely.  I even personally saw several of these myself and owned a pair back then, but they have long since been sold to unknown sources and were then gone forever from the hobby just as mine and all the others there ever were in the U.S. This is because those snakes have undoubtedly since been carelessly out-crossed and diluted with other forms of triangulum common in the mainstream hobby, namely the "Honduran" milksnakes.

 Additionally there are no true L.t. abnorma in the European herpetocultural hobby either, but there are a fair number of authentic polyzona to be found there.

This particular line of L.t. abnorma originate from a trio of 2005 import juveniles that originated from the central highlands of Guatemala. These have no genetic influence from polyzona to the north and northwest, hondurensis to the east, or stuarti or oligozona from either southern Pacific slope side of the Guatemalan mountains. 

 These are simply some of the most authentic examples of genuine central Guatemalan L.t. abnorma that are known to exist in any collections anywhere in the world. I only know of one biologist in Brazil that has any authentic L.t.abnorma that can compare to these. They just don't get any better or any more authentic than this particular line I am fortunate enough to be working with......period!

               

              Kingsnakes

   

   * Outer Banks kingsnakes

............pending 2012

    * Brook's kingsnakes

   "high-yellow" and some other possible phenotypes pending 2012 season.

   

   

 

  Cornsnakes & Ratsnakes

 

  * hypo lavender cornsnakes

.............pending 

  * hypo cornsnakes

  100% het for lavender, poss.  het anery.....pending

  * t-plus "greenish" ratsnakes

 known as "moonshine" ratsnakes

             (see details below)

 

 

                                                 

                                                  Newly Discovered Locality Morph

                                * t-plus "greenish" ratsnakes   "moonshine" morph

 These are a VERY newly discovered TRUE locality-specific ratsnake!. The original, extremely pale, off-white "greenish" ratsnake (a natural intergrade Yellow Ratsnake x Black Ratsnake) was captured by a good friend of mine (Jim Godfrey) in June of 2006 in the extreme northeast corner of S. Carolina.

 The coined name given to this unique morph evolved over a long period of time, and over this long period, Jim finally decided that this morph would be coined the "moonshine" ratsnake. He decided on this name because of the very distinct dark and light phases of the moon (as in the varying phenotypes of this new mutation (morph).

 He captured this snake while preparing to go to work just before the sun came up one morning in a huge wooded swampy area of the state. The snake at the time of capture was just shy of 30 inches in length. As it matured, it began taking on more of a light lavender pattern, and had very faint lavender blotches, as well as slightly darker longitudinal stripes that are also indicative of these ratsnakes pattern. The coloration also began to shift from basically a solid off-white to a light yellow and pink hued coloration. This animals eyes also seemed to be very dark, and not deep red or pink as in amelanistic albinos. This was also verified by the the very well-known snake breeder Don Soderberg, as he saw and handled this snake personally too.

 Jim later caught two locality "greenish" rat females that he also captured less than 150 yards from where this original mutant male was found, and I have their EXACT capture locations pin-pointed on "google earth". How's THAT for precise locality data folks? 

 He later bred this morph male to the two normal "greenish" ratsnake females he later collected in hopes that this was a simple recessive trait that could be inherited, and produce morph offspring in the future. Well, as luck would have it, this trait did indeed prove-out to be a simple recessive one, and he has since produced morphs, as well as heterozygous recessive gene carriers for this genetic mutation.  The REALLY bizarre thing about this morph, is that some are extremely light with very noticeably pink pupils, while others are slightly darker with corresponding darker deep ruby-red eyes. Quite an odd thing to see. This newly discovered morph is still very much in it's infancy, so there is still plenty to learn here about what exactly might be going on genetically with these!

 Needless to say, this very interesting and newly discovered morph is as locality-specific as it gets!. This is definitely one incredible and unique morph to be included in the herpetocultural hobby in future years!.

 

Below is a photo of the wild-caught original morph grandfather of my future breeding group when he was approx 30 inches long.                                                     

This is what he looked like when fully mature. Apparently the typical blotching and longitudinal striping developed on him a bit later on as he matured, and was displayed in a lavender type coloration. His striping strangely appeared to be a light "smokey" coloration.

 

 Below are two very typical wild-caught females that were captured by Jim less than 150 yds. from where the very unique morph male was originally found. These perfectly depict what these intergrade "greenish" ratsnakes normally look like in their native habitat in that particular area of S. Carolina. In 2008 the male was then bred to these two normal "greenish" ratsnake specimens that did indeed prove this to be a simple recessive trait.

Below is a photo depicting the varying phenotypes(visual looks) that he recently produced. The blotches on these hatchlings will gradually give way to very faint lavender colored blotches and longitudinal striping as is displayed in the adult hypo morph above.

 I am very excited to be working with these, and certainly look forward to producing these very unique locality gems myself!. These will hopefully be available in 2012.

 The above photos are all courtesy of Jim Godfrey.............................. thanks so much Jim!       

 

            ** Here are a few photos of the future breeding group I will personally be working with

 

                        normal het male

          light "moonshine" male (pink pupils)

         

                                normal het female

          

        slightly darker "moonshine" female (darker pupils)