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Posted by Accomplice on January 05, 2003 at 22:00:19:
In Reply to: Re: Rare color found in only 1% of hatchlings... posted by teepee on January 05, 2003 at 21:43:53:
I sent you an email. I'd really appreciate any of those off colored snappers you may find. Do you collect alligator snappers or commons or both?
:Since there is considerable interest in the color varients, I will hold these back. I do incubation studies, and I normally just release the hatchlings into the wild(eggs are collected from wild). I have promised a few already, for anyone else interested, I can send them to any interested parties, if you pay the shipping. All I ask is that they not be resold. I have seen some of the color varients offered elsewhere for over $1,000. In some years, I can have as many as 15 hatchlings that are not normal colors depending on how many eggs are collected. These probably have a low survival rate in the wild anyway. I have yet to hatch an albino, but the genes are there in the area I collect from, as an albino hatchling was found. I however will keep any albinos, unless I get a few. The remaining will be given to those who actually breed snappers.
:Nests are collected before the coons get them as the coons destroy about 95% of the nests in my collection area. I have never kept any of the hatchlings myself, but I have had some friends keep some of the white/tan variants. Sorry, but I have not taken any pics as my interests lie in the incubation rather than the turtles themselves. I have just discovered this board late this year otherwise you might have been able to get some of these variants for your collections for free this year.
::Thanks for the heads up. Does anybody have a pick of these milky white/ tan ones? Or a pic of the pink-skinned/ orange ones at 8+ inches?
:::No they don't turn yellow, they usually end up looking orange. The yellow looking ones come from youngsters that look milky white/tan