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Knobs & Pyros

Discussion in 'Kingsnakes' started by Jlassiter, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. Jlassiter

    Jlassiter Elite Member


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  2. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    Oh I like the colors on the second to last...very dramatic.
  3. AjaMichelle

    AjaMichelle Elite Member

    Gorgeous! Why are they called knobs and pyros? :)
  4. Jlassiter

    Jlassiter Elite Member

    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?
  5. AjaMichelle

    AjaMichelle Elite Member


    "Fire skin?"
  6. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Flame and black!
  7. Jlassiter

    Jlassiter Elite Member

    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....
  8. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    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.
  9. Thalatte

    Thalatte Elite Member

    Melana is dark/black in Greek Latin and Italian.
    Melena means blood/blood colored.
  10. Jlassiter

    Jlassiter Elite Member

    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
  11. lopez82

    lopez82 Elite Member

    Those are all awesome, but the last two really take the cake for me with the contrasting black and white and red
  12. Jlassiter

    Jlassiter Elite Member

  13. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    I remember those flames in another one of your posts, very cool pattern for sure!
  14. Jlassiter

    Jlassiter Elite Member

    Wow....some people do listen to
    Thanks Michele.
  15. PMC

    PMC Well-Known Member

    Gorgeous snakes!! Very nice! Thank you for posting their pictures :x
  16. Jlassiter

    Jlassiter Elite Member

    Thanks PMC.

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