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You win some...You lose some...

Postby Durban Keeper » Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:57 pm

And I lost this one... Dismally!

I've always been passionate about Brown house snakes, so when this gorgeous snake came to be in my possession, I had the opportunity to do something awesome! Pioneer a new morph. The first ever captive blue eyed leucistic housie!

Everything went perfect for well over a year. He had settled into captivity nicely & was feeding and shedding with no complication. Then last year Feb while I was away on a field trip my girlfriend gave me a call saying that she has some really bad news... The snake had died. At the time I had in excess of 16 brown house snakes, mostly virgin females I had intended to use for this project, but as murphy's law would have it, the one that dies for no apparent reason happens to be the most special snake I have ever owned. It took me ages to get over this loss... but here are the pics!

The silver lining to the story is that believe it or not a 2nd one was found. Whether or not these will eventually surface I'm unsure of...
Here are some pictures of the snake in question.

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Re: You win some...You lose some...

Postby reptile » Tue Aug 11, 2015 5:46 am

Sad... its hard to loose something special
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Re: You win some...You lose some...

Postby Mehelya » Tue Aug 11, 2015 10:10 am

DK, I would have mourned for months... What a beautiful looking animal, so sorry for the loss. Would be good to hear what happened to the other...
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Re: You win some...You lose some...

Postby Bushviper » Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:31 pm

Damn that is not nice. It happens though. You are still young and something like that might pop up again.
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Re: You win some...You lose some...

Postby TempleConstrictors » Tue Aug 11, 2015 2:45 pm

@Durban Keeper sorry about your loss really hard when loosing any animal but glad you have found a second one
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Re: You win some...You lose some...

Postby Warren Klein » Tue Aug 11, 2015 3:24 pm

Dam that's tough luck. Would have been a nice project to get into the mix.
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Re: You win some...You lose some...

Postby Ruan Stander » Wed Aug 12, 2015 3:51 pm

Sorry for the loss. Gorgeous animal.
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Re: You win some...You lose some...

Postby Westley Price » Sat Aug 15, 2015 8:35 pm

Hard luck man. We have all lost prized animals and it's always hard.

I don't think your specimen is actually a BEL, although I would bet my bottom dollar that it is indeed a recessive morph.

I recon what you have there is a true hypo, not like the hypos currently floating around.

Well whatever it is, it is gorgeous and my condolences for the loss.
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Re: You win some...You lose some...

Postby Bushviper » Sun Aug 23, 2015 9:20 am

Westley if it was a hypo it would not have the black eye. Hypo snakes usually have a lighter coloured eye.

If you look at leucistic Retics for example then you see they can have a reasonable amount of colour and speckling on them as well (Ivory and Ultra ivory). Some of the leucistic ball pythons also show pattern or yellow and grey markings.
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Re: You win some...You lose some...

Postby Westley Price » Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:40 am

We will just have to agree to disagree, because I just dont see this snake being a leucy.
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