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Posted by lbenton on May 08, 2003 at 11:00:03:
In Reply to: Question about locales... posted by repzoo44 on May 08, 2003 at 10:25:28:
First I would like to say that the whole locality thing is a matter of personal interest to 99% of the people who would take their time to go and collect one in the wild. This is largely due to the amount of variation that can be found between separate populations of Gray Bands. Some areas tend heavily towards the Blairs phase, while others tend towards the Alterna phase. That is not say, I will go the X location and find an animal that looks one way or another, but there are some likelihood’s that can be expected in one location verses another. If you collect Hwy 90 at Langtry your best bet is a Blairs phase could be light or dark, but chances are you will have large saddles on it. If you were to find something on Hwy 170 Between Lajitas and Presidio it would most likely be an Alterna phase, and there is also a good chance it will have a very busy pattern. Lots of speckling etc. There are many examples of this variation when you look at all the pictures that have been posted by collectors and purist breeders over the years. Most of these locales can be referenced to a typical road map or atlas, generally a city / road / wash or some other recognizable name is used.
To me the whole idea of locality data and locality breeding is a way of respecting the natural diversity you can see in an animal. In the pet trade it may not be very important, the focus tends to shift toward what we find more appealing (Not every Gray Banded Kingsnake is pretty), but for many of us the appeal is the variation you can find. Just look at all the different flavors of Corn Snake you can get these days.