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 The not-so-morphs

The word "morph" is thrown around a lot, in the snake hobby. There’s morph this, morph that. I visit breeders sites and they promote their "morphs". Well, the fact is that most times people use the word in the wrong way. The scientific community could be slapping us all over, by now, and our "morphs"...

Let’s go back to school here, shall we(?). A morphed (means "changed") animal is one that, for no clear reason, got new traits. That means it got his genes altered. It’s a mutant.
- Genetic handicaps don’t qualify as morph: albinos, leucistic animals, etc...
- Tiger retics do NOT qualify as a morph, in a scientific way (it was never proven that the original tiger that arrived in captivity was a mutated animal or a specimen from an area where others looked like that also, wich would make it a locality trait and, in fact, a co-dominant mutation is a rare thing).
- Homozygous genetics forms (even if derived from a proven morph) are not morphs themselves. Super tigers, ivory retics, etc... are not morphs. They are only the enhanced version of an already different snake. The morph, if at all, is the hetero (simpler) form.

The fact is, we deal with much less "morphs" than we think :)



12/29/09  02:39pm

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  Message To: JimmyDavid   In reference to Message Id: 2108993


 The not-so-morphs

Great post Jimmy. A good read :)



12/30/09  12:08pm

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  Message To: Sra   In reference to Message Id: 2109251


 The not-so-morphs

Well, thank you :)



12/30/09  09:33pm

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  Message To: JimmyDavid   In reference to Message Id: 2109407


 The not-so-morphs

When you say "Genetic handicaps" are you referring to animals such as ones that lack melanin?



12/31/09  12:39am

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  Message To: Sra   In reference to Message Id: 2109443


 The not-so-morphs

Exactly. Or other color disfunctions (calico, etc). They didn’t come up with a brand new trait, but are simply the result of a natural unbalance.



12/31/09  12:02pm


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