Smokey Everglades Rat Snake Elaphe obsoleta rossalleni

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Below:  "Smokey Glades"

Smokey Everglades Rat Snake Elaphe obsoleta rossalleni

In the spring of 2012 we acquired an unusual rat snake that was found by Nick Mesa and Alan Rivero in the sugar cane fields south of Lake Okeechobee in Glades County, Florida. This snake had a smokey gray appearance, so we nicknamed him "Smokey Glades." This snake appeared to be an anerythristic morph. There was no visible red or orange coloration as one might typically see in the Everglades or South Florida yellow rat snakes of the area (see our other Captive Breeding Projects pages for notes on those variations). The only yellow coloration visible was on the head, neck, and part of the belly. This is not surprising since yellow coloration still occurs on the head and neck of anerythristic corn snakes. The yellow coloration on yellow rat snakes and Everglades rat snakes is often brighter on the head and neck. We speculate that the yellow coloration on the head and neck might be the result of a different pigment than the one that produces yellow coloration on the body.

Below: Smokey Glades mates with a beautiful female Hypo Everglades rat snake

Smokey Everglades Rat Snake Hypo Mating Elaphe obsoleta rossalleni

We are excited about the breeding possibilities from this new morph. Luckily, Smokey has proven to be quite a stud. He mated several times with one of our female hypo (hypomelanistic) Everglades rat snake and she produced a nice clutch of eggs. If Smokey is displaying a recessive trait, the offspring from this mating will be double heterozygous for anerythristic and hypo. If bred together, statistically one baby out of sixteen should display both traits. This is still a few years off, but we got very lucky with the chance for offspring in such short order.

Below: The mother hypo Everglades rat produced a great looking clutch of eggs fathered by Smokey Glades

Hypomelanistic (Hypo) Everglades Rat Snake Elaphe obsoleta rossalleni

 

 

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