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Posted by Ike420 on February 05, 2003 at 12:34:02:
It seems to me that hybridization is, in the short term, no more playing god than pairing two pure animals to pruduce pure offspring in captivity. The main thing to think about is that hybrids sometimes DO occur naturally, but it is a rare occurrence. That is to say, that the chances of two pure animals finding each other and producing pure offspring is along the same probability lines that one of those animals will instead mate with a different but compatible species. Hybridization is not evil or playing God, but it may eventually lead to the muddling up of true, purebred lines, which could hinder scientific research on pure specimens of these animals.
It should be kept in mind are that snakes do escape. With more hybrids being bred, more hybrids could potentially be released into the wild, could breed in the wild (or not depending upon individual fertility), and could VERY EASILY cause the extinction of pure lines. What fun would it be if all wild kingsnakes and cornsnakes were eliminated due to the overwhelming presence of wild jungle corns. This is perhaps not the best example, but you can see where im going with this.
Anyway, it should be kept in mind that hybridization is a naturally occuring, but nevertheless rare occurrence, and with hybridization comes the possibility for the spread of potentially animal-hindering recessive traits. The reason hybrids are rare in the wild is because animals vary depending upon environment and have adapted to best suit that environment. Areas in which the range of potentially compatible animals overlap, often have a larger abundance of hybrids.
So a note to everybody is to just be careful, the animals that you are dealing with have spent tens of thousands of years becoming what they are and FORCED hybridization could undo some of their innate, pure, and beautiful characteristics.