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Posted by duffy on May 10, 2003 at 18:59:40:
In Reply to: Uh...Ok. So... posted by Sybella on May 10, 2003 at 18:14:21:
Don't be confused. If you really want to breed, and you're not just going to spin the wheel and cross your fingers and hope that "maybe" your snakes will breed: Breed egyptian rats to egyptian rats. Breed corns to corns. All of the corns are pretty much different color morphs of the same snake, and they are probably not going to breed with your egyptians. The easy thing to do would be get a nice pair of corns, or another egyptian rat. Duffy
:Now that I'm even more confused, what would work?? What could the Egyptian Diadem Rats breed to in the corn family? What should I look for?
:Thanks for all your comments guys! :)
::...Like I said, you could breed a corn to many of the NORTH AMERICAN ratsnakes. If you were so inclined. Duffy
:::I'm unsure of the classification of Egyptian rats, but they are an Old World species (probably genus Elaphe or genus Spalerosophis).
:::Corn snakes are New World animals (Pantherophis guttata), and their most closely related rat snake relatives are Pantherophis emoryi and Pantherophis obsoleta ssp.
:::Pantherophis and Elaphe (and Spalerosophis) are incompatible. It is because of their incompatibility that the genus of the New World rat snakes has been renamed, and IMO that renaming is far past due. Two of the genera that are compatible with Pantherhophis include Pituophis and Lampropeltis.
::::I have a pair of egyptian rats and I thought I'd pick up a pretty corn female to see if he likes her...I had heard that corns and rats can mate but then I heard that specifically egyptian rats wouldn't mate with corns. I'm terribly confused by this.