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Posted by kerry on January 07, 2002 at 22:38:49:
In Reply to: Re: Sub-specific designation in Gila Monsters...... posted by Jackie Lapradd on January 07, 2002 at 17:14:56:
......The banded pattern shows up a very high percentage of the time in wild suspectum from Pima County, Arizona. The reticulated pattern shows up fairly regularly in wild cinctum from Yavapai and southern Mojave Counties, Arizona, as well. If You were to take banded looking gilas found in the middle of the suspectum range and breed them they would not produce only banded offspring. The same goes for "funky" looking cinctum. Odds are that you would continue to get about the same percentage(possibly slightly higher) of "odd balls" that occur naturally, unless perhaps you continued inbreeding for several generations.
I for one would be terribly unhappy if the pair of bandeds I paid $3,500 for three years earlier produced reticulated offspring. I'll bet you would be, too.