Crested Geckos, Ball Pythons, Carpet Pythons
Carpet Python Collection
Unnamed "Red/Hypo" Diamond Jungles
Unnamed "Red/Hypo" Diamond Jungles
Speculation - or accusations I should say - ranged from breeding Bredl's or Irian Jayas into them to make half the babies come out red and the other half black (of course it doesn't work that way), to someone actually suggesting that I somehow managed to get red phase coastals confused with Diamond x Jungles. These guys made all those comments, mind you, without actually seeing the snakes as they get older. They should've waited a few days for me to post adult photos.
I purchased some oddly colored carpets from a breeder in 2004 (slight correction - I thought 2006). They were the product of a high yellow male jungle carpet bred to an off-white colored Diamond x Jungle cross - this female was red as a baby as well, but the breeder had no baby photos of her.
Here is the photo I received when these snakes were offered for sale. The offspring consisted of roughly half somewhat "hypo" looking rust colored snakes and half traditionally pigmented black snakes.
The photos above were taken at maybe the second shed. As you can see, the snake in the first photo was already gaining some black pigment in the rust colored area. Within 6 months the rust color was almost gone and they appeared almost normal, with just slight remnants of the rust colored scales remaining, which appears as rust tipping (as opposed to the normal yellow or white) in the black part of the pattern. Obviously this was not what I was hoping to see, and the thought of crossing it with a Jaguar hadn't occured to me, so I decided to only raise two females up, and I sold the remaining snakes to a couple of friends.
Up close, the rust colored tipping is there. Fortunately, this color is cleaned up and increased on the Jaguar version. Needless to say, we are hoping there is a homozygous co-dominant form or a "super", although the chances are probably remote.
Click HERE to visit my red phase coastal gallery and then let me know if you see anything like this over there. lol
The photo below was taken after the first shed. These particular snakes were produced by a pure coastal Jaguar (non-red) so they are 50% coastal. As you can see, the non-red babies in this clutch are very black and there aren't any in-between phases. The black snakes look very similar to some unrelated DxJ Jaguar siblings I produced in 2006, and I think the amount of black pigment they show is a testament to the Diamond and Jungle lineage of their mother. If there were enough coastal in her for the red to come through this strong, the black snakes would be more of a dark brown.
This is the first picture I got from the breeder I got the project from. Approximately half the clutch were normally pigmented black and silver/tan babies, and the other half had the reddish color.
Still in the deli container she was shipped in.
The next several photos were taken shortly after their arrival. This is a much brighter orange than I've seen on any red phase coastal.
This is an adult - the one who produced my 2010 DxJ Jaguar clutch. The black pattern on this snake should be tipped in white-yellow, but on these snakes it is more of a burnt orange color.
From what I can tell, this seems to be consistent with red phase diamonds, which nobody seems to know very much about - other than it is inherited in a dominant fashion.
Close up shot of an adult. While its difficult to spot unless you've raised one of these up yourself, the burnt orange or "red" color is still there.
The black started developing within a couple of months and was fully developed by 5 months or so of age. I eventually sold all but two females, as I was not impressed with these snakes. Well, not until I bred them and got the exact same results breeding one to a Jaguar.