Other marketing names: Calico Black Ratsnake
Eyes: Yellow iris with a black pupil
History: The founder of this line was a young male snake found in Eastern Jefferson County, Kentucky. In 2002 Wild Bird aquired a female from the same locality as the male was found. He bred his Calico male to this female and she deposited six healthy looking eggs. The babies were avid feeders and in 2004 he was able to mate the Calico to one of his daughters, who at this time measured 42 inches. This mating resulted in a clutch of 4 eggs which went on to hatch producing 4 calico babies. Will Bird commented on his jubilation on such odds as the female was only het, the clutch should of only contained half calico babies and half normals/hets.
Appearance: Adults have a yellow and white ground color that turns to orange at the tail. The head is white with grey speckling and the body looks as if someone sprinkled pepper along it. Babies are born near white and develop the calico appearance in the first six months
There are lots of names that Kentucky natives use when referring to Black Ratsnakes. Cow Sucker being one of them. Will Bird choose this name as it one his favorite, but also to reflect this morphs place of origin.