I didn’t produce this snake and none were made available to the public, they were all kept within a group of experienced keepers.
I’m fine with hybrids that are handled responsibly, but I don’t like the idea of them ever being commercially available. When you breed hybrids the genes don’t mix like the simple combo stuff we’re used to. Breeding two hybrids or a hybrid to a full blood often yields an animal that can’t be distinguished from one or the other parent species ie jungle corns. No doubt at this point there is some kingsnake blood floating around in some corns but you can’t see the kingsnake phenotype showing through at all.
Lampropeltis Alterna x Lampropeltis Zonata
Something interesting we’ve noticed is that this cross seems to affect growth inhibition as they grow faster and eat more readily than either species.
Beautiful snake! I love his (her?) head stamp.
The head stamps on these were all weird because they’re really similar to alterna.
Very pretty! I wonder if a lot of hybrids colubrids are better eaters/growers? I used to do jungle corns so I can’t say they were better eaters out of cal kings and corns, but I did notice they were substantially bigger (longer and thicker) then same age pure corns and same age king, at around 6 months of age. I know they weren’t healthier just because of the amount of slugs I would get every time, but it is interesting how appetite and growth seem to improve. I will admit mine were just 3 seasons of jungle corns so, small sample. I wonder if anyone else in hybrids noticed improvement in feeding/growth like you?
That’s really interesting. This is the only hybrid snake I’ve messed with but the guy who produced it has bred one back to the dam and even the “75/25” clutch are quick growers. No idea how it they might do long term the oldest one is only like 2-3 years old. Was it fairly easy to get the jungle corn pairings to breed?
So for me it was super easy! I always did a thin banded albino cali male x corn preferably amel because the albinism from both species we’re compatible. No tricks or anything, I always did brumate my colubrids though for 10-12 weeks then they would shed almost at the same time and I would just pair, my male king would breed any corn or king! I always monitored them though. I wish I had pics! This was when having a 5mp digital camera was expensive! All pics are on a computer with a broke mother board so… let me look around I used to use iherp back in the day. Producing hybrids though, I loved it! I would produce some with almost a lime green color instead of white, with all being completely different. The downside was honestly I got a ton of slugs and a few deformed hatchlings, usually spinal kinks. I am at a place now where to brumate efficiently would be difficult, so I am mostly into pythons now. I agree with you that as long as your honest, hybrids shouldn’t be a problem. They are our captive born pets, but is everyone going to be honest about the lineage? That’s the issue in my book. If I do find some pics I will put them up, but be prepared for 5mp quality
@ballornothing I did find just a few pics, it’s a hatchling and my male holdback junglecorn that I used for breeding. He was just 2 years old but over 4 1/2 feet. You can see him breeding a 6+ year corn for size reference. Loved his crazy colors, busy bands, and great head pattern!
Wow man those are awesome! I do have a bit of a sweet tooth for colubrid hybrids. Probably from following Clayton at Mesozoic reptiles. The Honduran/Pueblan/Jungle Corn stuff he does is wild. Check out his IG if you haven’t.
For sure! I used to drool over the sinolacorns, and imperial pueblens! At Mesozoic