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Posted by chrish on November 25, 2002 at 00:02:53:
In Reply to: Hypo vs T+ Albino Eastern Hognose posted by tailsnscalesks on November 24, 2002 at 17:00:14:
I haven't ever seen anyone trying to flog a hypo E Hognose, so I doubt anyone has ever seen one. I can't imagine it would be an attractive animal!
As to the T+ albino, how would you know? A T+ albino is supposed to be an albino that is capable of producing the enzyme tyrosinase (an enzyme needed for the production of melanin. A fault in the tyrosinase gene apparently causes albinism in many species). However, in most species of snakes, calling a snake t+ or t- is a joke. Only in a very few cases has a species ever been tested to see if the albinism is a result of a faulty tyrosinase gene. For all we know, all albino easterns are t+.
My point is that t+ is a very technical term, not just a descriptor of an unusual albino.
Just my thoughts on the matter.