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Posted by john albrecht on September 03, 2002 at 10:53:42:
In Reply to: Naturally occuring hybrids posted by Steve G on August 30, 2002 at 21:51:02:
Dude, Cornsnake x Yellow Ratsnake hybrids have been found by the boatloads in the Everglades. They are as common as dirt. I personally have seen at least 6 or 7 of them going all the way back to the early 1980's that I can verify were wild-caught. I have always wondered however, why there are apparently no hybrids found further north where the colors of the offspring might turn out to be more interesting.
:Back in the late 60's, I collected a very unusual rat snake actually inside the confines of Everglades National Park. There used to be an area of privately owned farmland very close to the Royal Palm Ranger Station. A number of old cinder block buildings held a good population of yellow rats and a few corn snakes. This snake looked like a "glades phase" yellow rat snake except for the head. The head had a faded, but very distinctive spearpoint pattern typical of E. guttata. It was also a bit over 5 feet long, which is way out of the normal size range for a South Florida corn. Sure appeared to be some some of hybrid to me. We had Louis Porras look at this guy and he agreed. Needless to say, this was way before the captive breeding of corn snake morphs got underway.