Discussion in 'Kingsnakes' started by Jlassiter, Oct 4, 2012.
Oh I like the colors on the second to last...very dramatic.
Gorgeous! Why are they called knobs and pyros?
Lampropeltis pyromelana pyromelana - AZ Mt. kings are typically called pyros for short.
Lampropeltis pyromelana knoblochi - Tarahumara Mt. Kings are typically called knobs for short.
Btw, does anyone know what pyromelana translates to?
Flame and black!
Pyro is Flame or Fire
Melana is dark blood red coloration (But Merlin you have the translation real close in English)
So.....Blood Colored Flames.
Look at the sides of a pyro with black crossovers on the dorsum, like the one in the bottom picture.
Those pyros have little red flames on their sides....
It can also be argued that the word is derived from pyros-flame colored and Melania-black.
Lampropeltis is derived from lampros-shiny and pelta-shield.
So your snakes are the shiny shields of black flames.
Melana is dark/black in Greek Latin and Italian.
Melena means blood/blood colored.
I choose the second as that is THE accepted translation in the hobby....
Blood colored Flames or Blood Flames for short.
And yes, Lampropeltis = Shiny Shields
Those are all awesome, but the last two really take the cake for me with the contrasting black and white and red
I remember those flames in another one of your posts, very cool pattern for sure!
Wow....some people do listen to me.....lol
Gorgeous snakes!! Very nice! Thank you for posting their pictures :x
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