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Posted by HerpNut on January 15, 2002 at 14:44:33:
In Reply to: Hey guys, what about the different physical characteristics...... posted by kerry on January 15, 2002 at 14:07:43:
There are some differences... There is a little scalation diferences, Some H. h. charlesbogerti have enlarged pre-anal scales. This by no means a stereotype of H. h. charlesbogerti. Nor this indicates relationship whith H. suspectum ssp.
The most noticed difference between H. h. charlesbogerti and H. h. alvarezi is that H. h. alvarezi becomes melanistic with age.
There are differenceces in the habitat in which they live. H. h. alvarezi inhabits a more tropical forested environment. H. h. charlesbogerti inhabits a much dryer forested environment.
And, there are differences in behavior. It has been proven that H. h. alvarezi is social. Within the home range of a large male there is one or more females. Sometimes, there are other males as well.
H. h. charlesbogerti is solitary by nature. Males search for females only on the rainy season when breeding matings occur.
Otherwise, they are perty much the same.
: ......aren't you comparing the largest, most veranid-like sub with the smallest, more gila-like sub? If so, then how can they be of "undeniably identical" DNA??? Just a thought.