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Posted by Kenny Wray on January 19, 2003 at 08:39:22:
In Reply to: Kingsnakes..... posted by vvvddd on January 18, 2003 at 17:47:57:
Krysko is pretty much the only one that has done anything with them, outside of breeding (which he has done that too). I haven't read any of their papers, but last I heard from him, he had a hypothesis that went something like this: The patternless animals were actually a relictual species that had been isolated via the various sea level fluctations. Eastern Kingsnakes had recently invaded the Apalachicola Area much like other northern herpetofauna have in this area, but no where else in FL (ex: the various salamanders sp, Copperheads, etc.). The blotched kings were actually integrades between the patternless "species" and the Eastern Kingsnake. This is how I understood it when he told me, but that was at the infancy of his work and I have no idea if it has changed or not.
I personally think we are just seeing many different phenotypes of the same animal in this area, although I am not sure what the mode of inheritance exactly would be. I definitely do not buy into there being two different species of Lampropeltis there and you can't have two races (=subspecies) occur in the same area. So that is my reasoning.
Just my thoughts on the subject. Kenney lurks on this forum, so hopefully he will respond to your questions pertaining to his work.