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Posted by Bluerosy on April 26, 2003 at 10:25:28:
In Reply to: So what kind of lengths are we looking at for each stage? posted by Nicodemus on April 24, 2003 at 15:27:34:
What subspecies or better yet what "locale" are we talking about?
This is a tough question to aswer because there is no hard and fast rule.
The length of the rosy and our terminoloy used to describe it depends on the locale. Different locales attain different sizes. For instance a rosy from Riverside Ca. will get a lot larger than one from Corn springs. Males also tend to throw the scale off as they breed at a much smaller size (19+). And successful breeding size determines adulthood!
Even the babies that are born depends on the health and size of the adult female.. If any of you can recollect the F&G sting operation named "operation rock cut"? F&G issued tickets to breeders selling neonates over 17". Illegal in calif at the time to sell anything larger than a neonate rosy (17" law). It was later proven in a court of law that neonates can be born at 17".. the cases were thrown out.
My estimation can only be generalized for the species as a whole. Average neonates range from 8" for some of the mexican group to 17" for some of the coastals.
Rememeber this pertains to females only as males are breedable at a much smaller size! Some people just lump the sizes together. Depends how subjective you want to be.