For all you impatient types...
We know the wait is killing you, but our 2015 Ratsnakes are expected to be born and appearing here on the site in mid summer through early fall, roughly from July through September. Trans-Pecos ratsnakes appear much later in the year, usually in October and November
Genetics For Herpers
Genetics For Herpers is a great way to learn genetics. This book starts with the basics and teaches everything you need to know in order to understand the role that genetics plays in breeding. The book is 84 pages (7½" x 5½") and includes over 120 illustrations plus a glossary. Click here to learn more or order.
Trans-Pecos Ratsnake (Bogertophis subocularis)
Sometimes simply called "Subocs", these are a Ratsnake of the Mexican deserts, found in the US only in west Texas (and one tiny corner of New Mexico). One of the most gentle snakes we've ever encountered, we've picked up dozens of these on the roads at night while field-collecting and never had one even consider biting or thrashing. Beautifully clad in a pair of thick black stripes extending from the neck and turning into 'H' shaped blotches at mid-dorsum, on a ground color of pale tan, grayish tan, or even orangish tan. These hatch at a large size and eat readily, making them very well-suited for pets. Click here to learn more/see adults.
Axanthic Trans-Pecos Ratsnake (Bogertophis subocularis)
Homozygous for Axanthism, a recessive mutation. The unique axanthic trait popped up unexpectedly in some Blonde Phase Subocs many years ago, and aficionados promptly began efforts to create normally patterned 'silver' individuals by out-crossing. The results were worth the effort! Click here to learn more/see adults.
Axanthic Blonde Phase Trans-Pecos Ratsnake (Bogertophis subocularis)
Homozygous for Axanthism and Blonde, two recessive traits. Combining the captive lines of axanthic specimens with the Blonde Phase pattern type results in a rather astonishing appearance! Soft muted blotches of gray-black on pure silver, these snakes look like velvet. As with all Trans-Pecos Ratsnakes, they are incredibly gentle creatures and are wonderful in the hand. Click here to learn more/see adults.
What do all these numbers and stuff mean?
The description of each specimen is followed by the sex of the specimen, it's date of birth, a stock number identifying the specimen, and the selling price. Photos are of the exact specimen listed, most are taken inside a standard 8oz deli cup for size comparison, and are updated as time permits.
Understanding our stock numbers may prove helpful in identifying unrelated specimens:
- F021-01M indicates a 2006 hatching (we started this code in 2001 with 'A', 2002 is 'B' and so on).
- F021-01M indicates the clutch number for that year, and thus all specimens listed as F021- are from the same clutch.
- F021-01M indicates this is the first male from that clutch. F021-03F would the third female from that clutch.
CB - Captive Bred, usually followed by year of birth. Hatched or born from parents kept in captivity.
CH - Captive Hatched, usually followed by year of birth. Hatched or born from a gravid wild-caught female.
WC - Wild-Caught. While all of our stock is produced here, some of it is produced from wild-caught adults that we maintain. We will occasionally sell some of the breeder animals as surplus.
LTC - Long Term Captive, usually followed by year of capture. Applies only to WC animals, indicates they have been maintained for a long period in captivity and are very well established.
50%, 66%, 100% - Percentage of likelihood the specimen is heterozygous for the listed trait.