Hypomelanistic (Hypo) Everglades Rat Snake Elaphe obsoleta rossalleni
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Below: Shiny, bright orange adult hypo Everglades rat snake
Take the nicest Everglades rat snake you can imagine and brighten it even more and you have the hypomelanistic, or simply "hypo" for short. The reduction of melanin eliminates any dirty wash present in the coloration, the overall effect producing a very shiny orange snake. Some might consider this to be the ultimate orange snake.
Below: Another outstanding adult from our colony:
The first hypo Everglades rat snake was reportedly acquired by Ernie Wagner from a breeder in Europe. Wagner established the morph in the United States, though he marketed it as amelanistic. Bill and Kathy Love acquired stock from Wagner and bred it into their Everglades rat snake colony. The Loves pointed out that these snakes retained some dark coloration and considered them hypomelanistic rather than amelanistic or albino. More recently the term T+ albino has been used to describe similar morphs like the lavender or hypo black rat snake. No matter what you call it, this morph is stunning.
Below: A yearling that has begun to develop its adult coloration
Juveniles of this variation hatch with purplish blotches on a white to pinkish ground color. As with other rossalleni, the adult coloration develops quickly and many individuals are nearly solid orange as yearlings.
Below: A hatchling hypo Everglades rat snake.