Morph: Rusty Black Ratsnake
Eyes: Rusty Orange with black pupil
Ventrals: Light Reddish Orange
History: In the early to mid-1980's an unusually coloured male Black Ratsnake was found in the wild in North Baltimore Co. Maryland. It was deep grayish-brown dorsally, with dark red tones, the ventral scales were unmarked except for some reddish and gray suffusion posteriorly. The eyes had an unusual copper tint to the irises. This trait is apparently some form of hypomelanism, and is now generally referred to as the Rusty Black Ratsnake
This snake ended up in the collection of Larry Rouch, formerly of Stafford, VA.
Larry proved the Rusty trait to be codominant, evidenced by F1 offspring exhibiting the trait. The original Rusty was bred to a normal wild caught female. He further discovered that the Rusty trait was linked to leucism as well when he did a Rusty x Rusty breeding and produced leucistics in the clutch.