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Posted by Yasser on January 03, 2003 at 10:35:59:
In Reply to: No you do not... posted by HerpHobbiest on January 03, 2003 at 02:05:07:
Well the cross has already been done many times so if you want a specific outcome, you should check with the folks who have them to see if their outcome was what you had hoped for. Heck if anything, buy a pair of babies from some of these other folks and that'll save you at least a year or two.
I think you misunderstood my comment that hybridizing should be a feat. What I meant is that if you are going to hybridize, why not try try a difficult one instead of one that any 14 year old with a Suri and a Colombian can do.
You mentioned that hybridziation is used to exploit certain characteristics of each parent. That is fine but you are still going to basically be getting an end result that will look like your run of the mill boa...with some widows peaks and a trait or two for the second generation. Even as albinos and sunglows, you will probably end up with a lighter, low contrast albino. Most folks tend to prefer those that originated from darker stock so they'll throw albino babies with lots of extra red and higher contrast. Remember, dark het snakes makes bright red albino snakes when you breed them. I feel that hybridization should be done only with species that could otherwise not intergrade without help and trickery in captivity.
For some hybridizers, it is not a question of what they will get out of the eggs, it is a question of whether they'll even get eggs. With your proposed hybrid, it will happen...they're too easy to hybridize is what it comes down to for me.
While you may not have meant any offense to me, you seem to have taken offense by my comments. Your post made me feel that you were building hostility. Were you trying to tell me that I don't know what I am doing? Or was that a generalization?
I simply wanted dialogue on hybridizing snakes that are so closely related. At the same time, you never had your question answered...maybe it's my fault.
But if I were you, I would go with a female Colombian and a male Suri or whatever. Males aren't an issue to coax into breeding but true redtails can sometimes be a bit toughter to induce an ovulation so leave that part up to a female colombian.