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Posted by oldherper on April 21, 2003 at 19:57:28:
In Reply to: cross breeding question posted by raumdagon on April 21, 2003 at 16:42:20:
To answer your question, yes it is definitely possible for Lampropeltis getulus holbrooki to breed with other subspecies of the Lampropeltis getulus group. It happens all the time in the wild, with speckled kings and chain kings, etc. These are essentially geographic races of the same species. The ranges overlap widely in many places, so intergrades between subspecies are fairly common. It is possible to find intergrades in the wild between L.g. holbrooki and L.g.getulus, L.g. splendida, and L.g. niger. In fact, the intergradient zone between L.g.holbrooki and L.g. splendida is one of the biggest intergradient zones I know of for any species.
: are the snakes in l.getula compatable breeders with one another? i have yet to find another healtyhy speckeled king to mate my female with but if this is possible than that may mean more interesting alternatives anyway. anyways thought i would find out if anyone has tried.
: any help apreciated greatly thx!!!!!