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Posted by Mike M. on September 13, 2002 at 10:45:39:
In Reply to: Wow man... posted by Kenny Wray on September 12, 2002 at 16:30:54:
:that was harsh. And maybe you should follow a little bit of your own advice. Get off the current trend that genetics run everything. Habitat similarities coupled with sympatry are crucial in that they allow for the possibility to occur. C. adamanteus and atrox could be almost identical genetically, but if one never finds the other, how would the genetics have anything to do with a hybrid? It couldn't. There are hybrids between lots of things that are not very similar genetically (and by the way how similar do they have to be? 75 %? 50%? 95%?), like C. horridus and S. catenatus in the wild or lions and tigers in captivity. Hopefully, I missed something here and you two are buddies and screwing with each other. If not chill out man.
You are right in saying that in general, snakes need to live in sympatry for a WILD hybrid to occur, but they STILL need to have adequate genetic compatability. That is what I was getting at, which was not mentioned by Brendan's post. Sorry if I was being harsh, I sometimes get irrationally bothered by occasional comments. LOL my bad. But I really don't agree with you saying that some hybrids form from genetically incompatible organisms. If two critters have totally unrelated genetics, the sperm/egg combination wouldn't be able to form a viable zygote, and the hybrid just wouldn't be able to be born.