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Posted by Brandon Osborne on January 15, 2003 at 02:48:54:
In Reply to: I have always wondered... posted by Jeremy Clarke on January 15, 2003 at 00:47:33:
:When a GTP goes through its ontogenetic color change, is there any corellation between it's juvenile coloration (maroon, yello, orange, etc) and it's adult coloration. Also, what kind of predictions can you make of its adult pattern by observing the young ones. What about Lemon Trees? These are probably dumb questions, I have just never known the answers. Obviously I don't currently keep Chondro's but I keep noticing them A LOT lately and I know where that usually eventually leads me...hmmmmmmmmm
Jeremy........if you build it, they will come..........A cage that it. LOL.
There really is no corellation between juvinile color and pattern, and adult color and pattern. Some animals will retain juvinile pattern and some will not. What I mean by this is, some animals have the diamond, or triangle, shapes on both sides of the spine. Some animals will retain the diamonds, but the color within will change. Below is a pic of an animal of mine that did retain the juvinile pattern, but the once white diamonds are now brilliant blue.
There is no way to tell what they will look like as an adult, but none the less, it's always fun to watch them change........and some can be remarkably quick. One of my first juviniles, was a yellow juv., right at a year old. Within a couple of weeks of recieving him, I noticed a drab color started to appear. Only a few days later, I was amazed to have an emerald green chondro with a royal blue stripe. There are documented cases of color change taking only one day to complete. So many suprises with these snakes.