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Extreme Reverse Okeetee Corn hatching. It's believed that the depth of color in newly-hatching snakes appears exaggerated by the magnifying effect of the gelatinous albumin that surrounds the embryo through incubation, but also because the process of the 1st separating epidermal layer has barely begun. As soon as the albumin dries--hours after emergence from their eggs--pictures of snakes reveal that their colors are less spectacular. We often only see those early colors again after they slough their first post-partum skin approximately seven days after emergence from their egg shells. Note the seemingly aggressive "slashing" of shells some of his siblings demonstrated when preparing to leave their eggs? You can even see dark lines where the one emerging had sliced without fully penetrating the shell with his egg tooth.
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Another 2015 brood of Graham Criglow's ZagTec corns (perfected by Kasi Lodgigue). Their pattern "aberrancy" is not attributed to a gene mutation, but to polygenetics (renderings of interactions between genes). The morph name is a combination of the morph names ZigZag and Aztec, neither of which officially denote visible pattern namesake in Zagtecs. I guess we could say that each of those patterns that has been demonstrated in both of those polygenetic hobby morphs, little of either of which are obvious. After at least two consecutive feedings of unaltered, frozen/thawed pinkies, they will be offered for sale on our web site.