So I came across this herpetological study a little over a year ago &thought i would post it here as it’s been on my mind quite a bit since then. The species in question is Corallus Hortulana.
Now I have been keeping &breeding this species for quite some time, around 20 years &I remember back in 2012 there was speculation that a company called GCR or Golden Coast Reptiles had produced the very first leucistic amazon but for some reason I either never got a good enough look at one (pics werent great in 2012) or just wasn’t convinced it was leucistic as it lacked a few of the main markers as blue eyes, pure white, ect. Here are some pics of that animal &some of its siblings, tell me what you think.
This is the main one, but it seems to be more of a pink or see through color to me &looks to have black eyes.
This is the second one that they were still calling “leucistic”. Now i know that leucistic with patches is still indeed considered leucistic, &this animals eyes seem to have some cloudiness, but still not blue as I would expect.
Then this one, a hypo sibling sporting the coloration of the second ones patches. Now i know that there are a lot of the hypos out there from this line, but i necer saw if these animals ended up surviving or what they may have looked like as adults as GCR is no longer an operating company. I know that Abby from Biofauna Exotics got a few of these hypos &was in the process of trying to produce leucistics but I never saw the outcome &any if she did produce them. Also she seems to have fallen off the face of the earth, I used to keep in contact with her quite often.
Either way, I have yet to see an adult animal like the one posted in the study &would love to see one or a line produced in captivity because this would just be amazing looking. I have one adult Black/Silver garden male who after this last shed a few days ago seems to have gone from silver/grey patterning to a bone white color which is one of my favourite things about amazons…
Where as most snakes tend to dull with age, amazons seem to brighten. For the most part, there are some that get more dull &obviously females turn very very dark once gravid &sometimes retain that darker coloration. All in all one of my favourite species of all time, along with other members of Corallus.
I also have been hearing some talk recently about a photo of a possible albino animal going around… maybe @brassmanreptiles can chime in I think he was one of the guys talking about it. But anyways story goes that an adult wild caught yellow &white animal came in &since noone has seen an albino there was speculation as to whether or not this is what an albino would actually look like. The animal was placed for sale on auction I believe &the animal ended up going to a private collector, not someone who actually breeds them so chances of the gene being reproduced are fairly slim unless he happens to buy another one that happens to be the opposite sex &houses them together resulting in an unplanned pairing. I recently stumbled across a picture i have seen before but never fully gave it thought, but it seems to be of a yellow &white animal &if this indeed is the picture that was seen, then this whole story is just made up because this picture is quite old &from a collection of wild photos taken by this photographer.
Anyways just thought I would share this beautiful finding &since these are a polymorphic species &no matter what combo of the parents, whether dull garden phase or bright colored phase you will get offspring in all types of colors with varying patterns or even a complete lack of patterns… you could find the next leucistic on your very first try!