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Posted by MAYDAY on April 26, 2003 at 09:50:36:
In Reply to: What is the natural range of cherry head red foots? posted by pfan151 on April 26, 2003 at 00:14:49:
That is something EVERYONE would like to know!
The 'normal' redfoots (meaning those that have been imported for decades and hence are what we are used to)are found in Northern South America. They were imported from Colombia in the 50s, 60s and 70s. More recently, redfoots of this type have been imported from Surinam and Guyana. These latter differ from the Colombian redfoots only in minor ways--the head and leg color being more variable in the Colombian specimens. Venezuela has been exporting 'northern' type redfoots recently, it appears.
The 'cherryhead' redfoot (a name that I despise BTW because it is misleading and meaningless) apparently is found naturally in Argentina. There has been a lot of talk about this form of redfoot (which is clearly a separate subspecies from the northern)being from Paraguay. However, a number of serious herpetologists have been to Paraguay repeatedly and have checked all available museum records and found that they are NOT from there. Not at all. In fact all of the live redfoots they found in one end of that country to the other, where of the giant so called "Bolivian form". Confused? This will add to your confusion...most if not all of the cherryheads or Brazilian dwarf (another meaningless and confusing name) redfoots being imported now are being 'farmed' in southern Brazil (Bahia State). NOW, just where the breeding stock for these redfoots came from is a mystery. My guess is originally Argentina.
Sorry for the long reply.