part of my house snake collection(seriously pic heavy)

part of my house snake collection(seriously pic heavy)

Postby captaincaveman » Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:34 pm

male T- albino

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male L.lineatus

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lighter L.capensis

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T- albino pair(male in shed)

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and a few others

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Largest female cape

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and my old L.lineatus

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Re: part of my house snake collection(seriously pic heavy)

Postby Snakes4Africa » Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:52 pm

Very nice. Have you bred yout T+ and T- albinos together?
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Re: part of my house snake collection(seriously pic heavy)

Postby marc bt » Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:56 pm

Thats a very nice collection.

Can someone explain the difference between T+ and T-, and what it means? I have some albino housies but not sure what they are ( T- or T+)?
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Re: part of my house snake collection(seriously pic heavy)

Postby slangman » Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:04 pm

its not an exact science but from what we can make out , the colour of the pupils is a determining factor . In pic 1 , the snake has red pupils and in pic 4 and 5 the snake has black pupils . I have seen both t+ and t- hatch from the same clutch of eggs and i assume the adults were albino het for the opposite strain .
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Re: part of my house snake collection(seriously pic heavy)

Postby marc bt » Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:10 pm

So if the snake is T+/T- does that make it a more pure form of albino ?
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Re: part of my house snake collection(seriously pic heavy)

Postby Snakes4Africa » Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:28 pm

Both are "pure" forms. Tyrosinase (T) is the amino acid responsible for processing melanin (the colout pigment). Snakes athat are called Tyrosinase negative (T-) ddo not have Tyrosinase but do have melanin. snakes that are called Tyrosinase positive (T+) have Tyrosinase but do not possess the gene to produce melanin. This would mean that if you bred the two strains together, you should have all normal babies, heterozygous (het) for both types of albinism.
So although Slangman is correct in his explanation, it actually is an exact science.
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Re: part of my house snake collection(seriously pic heavy)

Postby slangman » Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:38 pm

well put S4A !!
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Re: part of my house snake collection(seriously pic heavy)

Postby captaincaveman » Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:04 am

i never realised that the snake in pic 4 and 5 was a T+, i just assumed it was a lighter phase, almost like hypo in other species or just a natural variant, sadly either way they are both males and my female T- are a long way from breeding size
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