Hey Everyone, I just acquired this corn locally, and was only told that she might be a hybrid between a corn and rat snake, however I do not have much experience with either species and cannot find similar snakes on the web. I unfortunately do not have any other info on her. Can anyone help me out?
Like @solarserpents said, we’re going to need more photos. Preferably taken in the shade as opposed to direct sunlight. He also looks like he could be slightly overweight, though it could also be the sun reflecting off the light edges of the scales, which makes it harder to see the overall pattern.
who told you this? Was it someone with knowledge of the snake’s breeding, or someone guessing, or what?
Yes to needing more pics, in indirect, natural lighting. A cloudy day is ideal if you can scare up one of those. Also yes to this possibly being a Diffused Caramel. Here pics will help with determining that. Here are two pics of my Artephius, then two of his daughter Victory as adults (she has a new owner now), as well as one v of Basilius, currently a yearling son of Artephius. These are corn snakes, not hybrids. They have a metallic look, courtesy of their Upper Keys heritage. Lighting makes a huge difference.
Looking at the new pics, yes, your snake looks like a Diffused Caramel to me. I’m guessing yours comes from some of the same bloodlines as my Diffused Caramels. It’s a different look from many other lines.
Makes sense that they weren’t sure what they were seeing here, then. These Diffuse Caramels don’t look like what many expect of a corn snake. I’ve even had Artephius compare to a woma python. Heck, there have to be thousands and thousands of varying expressions of corns’ possible appearance. Genetics, sexual dimorphism in some traits, line breeding, individual variation. None of us have seen it all.
Keep us in the loop with your pretty new snake. By the way, does she have a name?