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Posted by rayesreptiles on March 02, 2003 at 21:55:01:
In Reply to: dusty, plains,mexican, are they all westerns??? posted by jimfmcdonald on March 02, 2003 at 18:21:29:
:how do I know what kind of hogs I have ?? all were sold to me as westerns, so how do I know if they are dusty, plains, or mexican, or something else? I looked on the hognose.com site but I still dont know . or are all of them cross breed now to just be called western hogs ?thanks . JIM
They are all subspecies... generally they are identified paritally by their spotting on the back (my westerns have very clean spotting compared to my mexican) and also where they are from. The whole species is called western (in contrast to platyrhinos, the easterns) but the westerns sold in the pet trade are the plains subspecies. Mexicans are from very southern US around the mexican border (mine is from texas) and I'm not sure about the dustys.... they honestly look like plains to me (note about the gallery of plains and dustys, some of the pics are mislabled currently)... i think they have the patterning of a western with it being more faded (dusty looking), but don't quote me on that.
The subspecies generally aren't cross bred on purpose, as the other subspecies other than the plains/western are rarer and more sought after. They are probibly just the plains variation, but if you send pics I might be able to help you out, or post them to the forum for everyone to take a look.