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Dominican Red Mountain Boa

Discussion in 'Creepy Corner' started by Beatrix Kiddo, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. Beatrix Kiddo

    Beatrix Kiddo Good Dog

    saw this on reddit


    "While the species is Epicrates striatus I think it should be pointed out that this is not how they 'naturally' occur, so don't go to the West Indies expecting to see one looking like this. This individual is probably a calico morph bred by the pet trade"

    Really cool looking snake. How do you snake folks feel about stuff like this?
  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    wow....it's beautiful!
  3. Jamielvsaustin

    Jamielvsaustin Good Dog


    I wonder if in the snake world, whiter coloring means more opportunity for deformities-like just about everywhere else.

    While I don't know anything about snakes, I agree with the quote about not being able to find that in the wild. One of their major defenses is to camouflage....I don't know where that could happen with that much white (besides snow...and the whole cold blooded thing rules that out)
  4. GoingPostal

    GoingPostal Good Dog

    Most common snakes you see in pet stores are popular due to the various morphs, it brings a lot of people into the hobby, for good and bad. There are morphs which result in health issues, death, infertility, some people feel it's an issue, most don't seem to care as long as they can still use it to make a buck. I'm not against morphs but there are ones I would steer clear of, currently all of my snakes are "normals".

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  5. GoingPostal

    GoingPostal Good Dog

    There's also scale less in a few herp species and hybrids of various snakes if you really want to open a can of worms!

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  6. dellacella

    dellacella Big Dog

    I just looked that up, kinda creepy. Have you held one? What do they feel like?
  7. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    The only issue I'm aware of, and I havent really looked into it so that's not saying much, is a neurological thing in spider ball pythons. They have a wobble where they kind of shake their heads and loose balance easily. Someone on FB posted a picture of one of theirs soaking and she had to be careful it didnt drown because it was laying upside down lol.
  8. GoingPostal

    GoingPostal Good Dog

    No never held a scaleless snake but think it would be weird. There morphs that come out without eyes, bulgy eyes, deformed mouths, ones who just wither and die within a year or so, ones that aren't viable and die in egg, can't reproduce etc.

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  9. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    I'm not a snake fan at all but that snake sure looks awesome! I'll adore just the picture!

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