So what is this "LA hypo" you keep hearing about anyway?

So what is this "LA hypo" you keep hearing about anyway?

Up until a few years ago, there wasn't much interest in hypomelanistic pueblans. They were hot and unusual for awhile, and then sort of lost their luster. When I got my first pair on a whim in 2008 -- the same year I officially founded WHR -- I couldn't understand why people weren't more enamored. The shockingly muted tones reminded me of
tropical skittles, the same base colors as the "normal" ones, but very obviously different, intriguing, delicious... The red bands become a frosty orange in the hypo phase. The jet black bands become an almost chocolatey brown. I was quickly smitten and began seeking additional stock, and as I began shopping around, it didn't take long before I realized my hypos were MUCH more reduced in pigment than the other hypos on the market. I began sending emails to people I knew selling pueblan milks, but was largely dismissed. "It's the flash," I was told on more than one occasion. I finally had my comeuppance in 2011 when this blog appeared on Kingsnake, all but proving not only the phenotypic difference, but the allelic incompatibility between what ARE in fact two different strains of hypomelanism in the pueblan milk snake. To my knowledge the two strains have not yet been crossed so it remains unknown whether the strains will mask or augment each other, but thanks to this author the double-hets now exist so it's only a short matter of time!

My founder stock comes from a veterinarian in Alabama who purchased his animals from the same source as Bayou Reptiles in Louisiana. I have since added to my collection, taking animals from Dennis Mountain, whose stock also originated from Bayou Reptiles in New Orleans. This is the origin of the term "LA" or "Louisiana" hypo. Check out the 2012 hatchlings freshly listed on the
available page!

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Photo: Jimmy Tintle
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