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The leucistic eastern diamondback rattlesnakes...


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Posted by Kenny Wray on December 14, 2002 at 00:16:52:

In Reply to: Who's breeding white E. Diamondbacks? posted by davk on December 13, 2002 at 12:53:17:

have not been bred. There is a small area in Florida where several seem to pop up every few years in the wild. Many are in museum collections now. If you are refering to the one in the "Fieldguide to the Snakes of Florida" by Tennant, that animal ended up with Bill Love, grew to a nice adult size, was placed with several males, never mated, and then died. I am not aware of any others in captivity right now, though it would not be surprising if there were. I think leucistic western diamondbacks have popped up before and may have been bred on occasion. There seems to be problems with breeding the assorted leucistics and many have not been bred successfully (with a few exceptions like texas rat snakes, but even some good breeders have not been successful with these). Perhaps there are some other linked genes associated with this mutation, that are responsible for this phenomenon. These color mutations are not common though and I doubt you will find many out there and even less for sale. Hope that helped answer your question.
Later, KW



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