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How do we define natural intergrade/hybrid??


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Posted by asp on November 24, 2002 at 05:00:20:

Gooday all you fellow herpers

I may just be opening a rather large can-o-worms but here it goes....

For some time I have read with varying degrees of horror and amazement at the multiplicity and variation in current hybrid/intergrade/morph producing culture out there.

Without wanting to go into my personal opinions here...
though ill say outright that i feel very strongly about producing crosses willy-nilly just to satisfy our own morbid/crazed desires ( excluding true scientically based studies that are perhaps used for medicinal/specie propagation needs and even these need to be clearly defined...I have a few questions i need clarifying

1. Besides the known hybrids/integrades we know of today through selective breeding and scientific study how would one know prior to trying what species/ssp's of snakes are A. naturally intergradeable??
Obviously locality data, specie taxonomic charts, dna, etc might all prove valuable but none of these is surely 100% accurate...locality data for one is only based on our observations is unlikely to include entire naturally occuring range of a species!

2. Assuming they are intergradeable...how healthy, viable are their offspring in terms of survival,breeding,etc and how would we know beforehand that what we are producing is a genuinely occuring animal in nature?


Well thanks for reading this and i do hope to receive some informative and logical replies not based on emotion or speculative thought. Theres enough of that around anyway...

Regards
Kevin


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