06/22/12 VPI SLACKLINE RED BLOOD PYTHONS 2012
This is a really neat project that surprised me and I think might continue to do so. As I have mentioned in the past, various striped Red Blood pythons are a well known, both in the wild and captivity. It is a documented dominant and perhaps in some cases codominant variation in pattern. I always thought that striped animals were a single mutation that came from wild type "normal" animals, that could come in a variety of phenotypes, and genotypes.
What the VPI Slackline has shown is in this particular instance, it isn't a direct step from normal pattern to stripe, but perhaps several steps to get there. I've called these steps for the time being "levels," and they appear to show how a normal pattern gets to the striped pattern in a more complicated way vs. a single mutation changing the normal pattern to a stripe (as is seen in let's say ball pythons, where the example would be a normal ball python has a single simple recessive mutation that results in the 100% striping seen in the "Genetic Stripe."
Here are some pics from our latest clutch where I bred what I call a pair of "Level 2" animals together. This resulted in normals, level 1, level 2, and what we call the VPI Slackline morph. As we have not bred level 1 x level 1 or Slackline x Level 2, or Slackline x normal, or Slackline to Slackline, we have a lot more work to do on this project!
Normal Red Blood python babies from VPI Slackline clutch 06/21/12
"Level 1" Red Blood python babies from VPI Slackline clutch 06/21/12
"Level 2" Red Blood python babies from VPI Slackline clutch 06/21/12
"VPI Slackline (Level 3) Red Blood python babies from VPI Slackline clutch 06/21/12