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Posted by serpentdude on March 18, 2003 at 11:36:44:
In Reply to: Re: More locality problems... posted by dementedgoose on March 18, 2003 at 00:45:28:
Well this little cutie looks like an Arizona Rosy. I've heard of Kofa Mt. morphs but not handled them personally.
My take on the whole identification issue is this: Of course we all would like to know precisely what we have, but unless you're planning a serious breeding program it only moderately matters. Most Rosy's can be identified roughly to their subspecies, but precise locales (unless passed along by the breeder) can be tough at best. I've got one that LOOKS like a San Felipe, and thats what I personally refer to him as, but I'll never know for 100% sure because the seller hadn't any idea. You know what though, he's one of the coolest Rosy's I have...showing hypomelanistic traits as he gets older and a real sweetie. Will I breed him? Maybe. Particularly if I find another non-locale, hypo female Rosy that looks somewhat San Felipe-ish. Obviously the offspring wouldn't be sold as anything other than a light phase "Rosy boa", no locale.
The bottom line is, the snakes don't care. Only humans get caught up in classifying things in neat boxes (ironically nature loves to throw us curve balls now and then!). If you like the snake and it's healthy and thriving, that's whats most important.
Just my $0.02 worth.