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Posted by Greg Longhurst on March 29, 2003 at 09:14:13:
In Reply to: Re: Additional photo posted by davk on March 29, 2003 at 00:01:19:
:I asked a good friend of mine who has been breeding snakes..primarily corns..for nearly thirty years. This is his response:
We are starting to get a lot of this kind of request -- What is it? -- and we're of the growing attitude of 'Who cares? - it's a mutt' with all the crisscrossing / hybridization going on these days. We've never been big thayeri fans, so it may even represent one of the many variables of that species without being a cross - I wouldn't want to swear one way or another.
The trend will surely move toward most herp keepers eventually becoming wary of hybrids with 1/8 this kind of blood in them, or that are 1/32 that, and they'll demand 'certified' purity of their purchases. It'll help our sales, and push buyers to 'old, established breeders you can trust' to know their stock's origins. It'll also start to redefine the difference between real herpers / breeders and the legions of newby hobbyists who didn't grow up / learn their way into the hobby, but simply dove in by buying pets at a show or shop on a whim with no clue as to what they were getting in to. It's kind of a trend (or natural evolution) that was bound to happen, and may result in some form of A.K.C. for captive herps some day.
I hope this helps! ~~Greg~~