Other Marketing Names: Aner Motely, Anery Motley
Genotype: ana·ana , mm·mm
Eyes: Dark grey/black with a black pupil
Ventrals: White unpatterned ventral scales as hatchlings, adults may develop some mottled colouration especially towards the tail.
History: The Motley gene originates from wild caught Cornsnakes collected in the lower western coastal regions of Florida. In 1977 Dr Bernard Bechtel proved the trait to be inheritable. Since then it has been combined with many other cultivars.
Apprearance: Anerythristic Motleys are predominantly grey and black.Their background can range from white to most shades of grey. As these snakes mature many gain a brownish overcast to their colour and some yellow colouration to the chin and neck region which may extend down the sides
The Motley trait effects the dorsal saddles, and is quiet variable in it's appearance. The saddles may be joined by striping or become elongated and stretch down the sides of the snake or a mixture of the two. The side blotches are also effected and most often absent or they are taken up with the extended dorsal blotches as they stretch down the sides.
Notes: Recently it has been noted that some lines of Motley have some slight checkerboard on their ventrals. Kathy Love in her Comprehensive Owners Guide - Cornsnake Book says about 5% checkerboard may be present but also writes that this is on the increase
The Motley & Stripe genes share the same locus, although Motley is dominant to Stripe. If you were to breed a Motley to a Stripe the resulting hatchlings appearance would be that of a Motley but they would be carrying the Stripe gene, these are known by the marketing name of Motley Stripe.
Selectively Bred Anerythristic Motleys: Anerythristic Hurricane, Anerythristic Banded,
Varieties and other morph combinations: Granite Motley, Snow Motley, Anerythristic Motley Stripe, Ghost Motley
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