View Full Version : Color phases in western hognose

Mark Beverly
07-29-2006, 10:31 AM
I have recently been doing a bit of research into the keeping of western hognose. They seem to be very interesting snakes and I think I might be planning a purchase soon. The one question I have has to do with the color phases. I know the albinos are a genetically inherited color but I am wondering about red,green and yellow phase. Are these genetic traits or a selectively bred trait? Any additional information anyone might have on hognose genetics would be more than welcome as well.

Thank you very much,
Mark Beverly

07-29-2006, 03:13 PM
There are albino, hypo, leucistic and anerythristic genetic morphs of western hognose. The red, orange, green, brown, grey, yellow ground colorations of normal hognose is just the natural variety of pigmentation you find in them as they vary in range/geography/climate in the wild. If you breed a red to a green you won't get Christmas snakes. Sorry. Evan

Mark Beverly
07-30-2006, 08:56 AM
Thank you very much for the information. You answered my question perfectly.

Have a great day,
Mark Beverly