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Posted by markg on January 27, 2003 at 17:20:05:
In Reply to: Playing with mother nature......... posted by GaboonKeeper on January 26, 2003 at 08:30:42:
crossed/hybridized are breeding voluntarily, sort of. OK, I know they are many times tricked into breeding, and certainly they are put in a cage together. But at least it isn't like anyone is doing artificial insemination (yet??) I mean, in the case of the corn x king, the two snakes breed. And why does everyone always think that the offspring are infertile? Geez, look down below at the pics by HDEAN and see the multiple generations of hybrids that flourish.
Take Lampropeltis ruthveni. They have been crossed into many mexican kingsnakes and milksnakes, with the offspring being plenty fertile. Ruthveni are most likely a primitive relative of many snakes in a broad range around their range, even if they don't have access anymore to many of them in the wild.
My brother in the 70s found a wild gopher x Cal king. I was a kid but saw it. Weird.
I guess this doesn't justify anything. If we want to save species then we need to save their habitat. In captivity though, a corn x king is fine I suppose. Besides, I really think that for every hybrid are many many more non-hybrids being worked with.