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Posted by KJUN on March 19, 2003 at 16:34:01:
In Reply to: Leucistic Bulls ... do they exist posted by tmichael on March 19, 2003 at 09:21:26:
:Do leucistic bulls exist? If so are they crossed out to the
:TX rat or are they pure? Thanks, Mike
That's a ytes and no answer as Gary mentioned in his post. Gary is the guy that originated these snakes, so he's "Da Man" to talk to about them. He calls them Leucistics, but they aren't true Leucistics. They look almost Leucistic in the same way that "Leucistic" southern pines do and NOT like Leucistic Texas ratsnakes. Leucistic Texas ratsnakes are that way due to a genetic inability to produce pigmentation in the skin (and not an inability to produce pigments as in the case of albinos) - sorry I'm simplifying it so much here! The "Leucistic" bulls and "Leucistic" southern pines are a compination of genes that result in an animal with a PHENOTYPE that is similar to what a true Leucistic would look like. However, they typically aren't "perfect" like a Texas rat is (and as Gary mentions in his post). The term Leucistic in this sace is close to correct from a phenotype standpoint, but not from a biochemical standpoint. Does that help clear it up a little more for you?
They are NOT Texas rat hybrids. I had my concerns that they might have some southern pine blood in them, but those concerns are now gone. Kudos to Gary for producing these aniamls (whatever you want to call them). They are great looking bullsnakes.