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Posted by patricia sherman on April 17, 2003 at 04:54:07:
In Reply to: Re: that looks like a ....... posted by hotshot on April 16, 2003 at 19:26:38:
Yep this is how the black rats can look here in KY. They are very variable in coloration ...
I have some beautiful extreme blacks, but I don't know where they originated. I'm guessing either from Pennsylvania or a New England State, although it is possible they may have originated from Ontario ancestors. I've had them for over a decade. Most of their offspring turn out as black as they are, but some are less-solid, and retain a blotched appearance throughout their lives. Even so, these less-solid snakes are still very dark. I purchased a male from another breeder, and he's an olivey colour, with not-quite-black blotches, much like the snake you've got. I've been assured that he's a pure Pantherophis o. obsoleta of "Kentucky" coloration.
For those that would say your snake looks more like a P. o. lindheimeri, I'd have to say they're wrong. I have a normal coloured Texas rat, and his background colour is far more orange than olive, also he has a red tongue. I'm willing to bet that your snake's tongue is black.