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Breeding?

Discussion in 'Kingsnakes' started by jshrad, Jan 26, 2005.

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  1. jshrad

    jshrad Elite Member

    Do you think a desert king would breed with a striped king? I am probably not going to try it, I am just curious. :D
     
  2. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Since they are both Lampropeltis an interspecies breeding is possible but you would end up with a hybrid. Many types of hybrids are showing up lately. This is very controversial in the reptile community.
     
  3. jshrad

    jshrad Elite Member

    I know it would be a hybrid and a pretty cool one at that. What are your views on hybrids? I am all for it.
     
  4. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Personally I don't care for them. I, like a lot of herpers, am concerned about contamination of the bloodlines. The mixing up of species, if allowed to go unchecked could result in the entire blood line of a given species being so jumbled up and contaminated that the original species could for all intents and purposes no longer exist. In the event of a catastrophic event to the point that the entire species no longer existed in the wild there may not be any pure examples of that species to repopulate and it would be gone forever. It sounds far fetched but that is currently what is beleived concerning Hog Island boas. They are beleived to be extinct in the wild and many of the captive bloodlines have been tainted with crossbreeding with common boas.
     
  5. jshrad

    jshrad Elite Member

    Ohh :eek: , I never thought about it that way. Thanks for informing me.
     
  6. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    No problem. Granted I have seen some very attractive hybrids. I am just not so sure its worth it.
     
  7. jshrad

    jshrad Elite Member

    Ohhh, do you have any kingsnakes yourself? :confused:
     
  8. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Yes, a California king, an Eastern Chain King and a Ruthvens king
     
  9. jshrad

    jshrad Elite Member

    Awesome! Could you post some pics?
     
  10. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Ok here ya go! I can't find my pics of the chain king
    Cal King
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    Ruthvens
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  11. jshrad

    jshrad Elite Member

    Awesome! Thanks for posting them. :D
     
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