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Posted by markg on January 30, 2003 at 18:12:01:
In Reply to: Why Hybrids? (not a flame, just an open-ended question) posted by WaxWormFan on January 30, 2003 at 11:25:29:
Which forum is the unmentionable forum? Would that be the Raiders Forum (aka Boa Forum)?
Anyway, hybrids kind of prove a level of domestication in the hobby. Besides, unless you are breeding to release into the wild, what good is breeding the same subspecies really? Here's a scenario at a reptile show:
"I've got some pure nelsoni unrelated to any others, and they are from Punta Mita, Mexico. They are $100 because of their uniqueness of purity."
"I've got some albino nelsoni x campbelli. They look really cool. They are $100 because of their uniqueness in color."
Now, if you buy the pure, locality nelsoni and plan to keep them in captivity forever, they are of no more value to the wild stocks in Mexico than the man-made hybrids. If you will be doing a release program back into the wild, then the pure snakes are better. But, don't breed them for better color because then you are compromising their ability to survive in the wild, maybe.
My answer is: If they stay in captivity, then why not?
Question for you: Do you think breeding hypo lavender het bloodred non-hybrid cornsnakes is somehow more in the right than breeding nelsoni x campbelli? Is not the purpose of both to satisfy our own curiosity or aesthetics? It sure isn't to serve any higher purpose.