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Posted by greg schroeder on January 17, 2003 at 09:14:40:
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
When breeding alike true locality animals together the offspring will resemble the parents most often. The more crossing of localities and bloodlines the less predictable the offspring out come will be. Proving the potential of a given pair of breeders is another way of predicting the outcome of future offspring from that pair.
Arus tend to develop what white they end up with as an adult on top of pattern and in a dorsal symmetry line. It may be wise to select Aru hatchlings with the largest dorsal pattern.
Biaks tend to produce variable results. There really is no way of knowing what offspring will become, but Biak to Biak will make more Biaks. It would make sense to select hatchlings from nicer looking adults. Biaks, when crossed into other bloodlines or localities are known to produce some odd results which can be very attractive.
The mainland animals(Sorong, Jayapura, Wamena, Lereh, Bokondini, Manakwari and so on) are the type which it might be a good idea to select heavily, dark patterned hatchlings. These snakes are known for potential of having blue markings which replace hatchling pattern.
Blue marked adults often times can come from hatchlings with bold dark pattern, though this isn't always fool proof. Point being, if you're buying from a blue marked bloodline it would be wise to select the offspring with the boldest pattern because hatchling pattern is where blue will land if it comes in. For blue bloodlines in general the most desirable hatchlings tend to be red. Heavily patterned yellow hatchlings are also very desirable.
For the Lemon tree bloodline you will have the best chances of having a hatchling become high yellow when the parents are high yellow themselves. The more yellow on the parents, the more likely the offspring will be high yellow. There are nearly all green Lemon line adults out there. Offspring from such adults would have less chance of becoming high yellow.
Blood line names are nice, but when you are selecting hatchlings from all green breeders don't expect the breeder's name to turn the snake pretty.