Yes the animal is a south mountain snake call pick up. I thought the same thing. Not only is the tougue different but the strange head makings as well. The first 1/4 of the animal is very dark and then it lightens up into a very pretty cream color.
I will endevour to make it a small breeding project. I don't think it will be very difficult to do, it will just take some time and if your interested in working with me on it I will pass you a pair of offspring next year if all goes well.