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Cultivar: Bloodred
Other marketing names: Blood, Diffused
Genotype: DD·DD
Eyes: Brown with a black pupil.
Ventrals: Unpatterned white ventrals in hatchlings, in adults some red/orange may bleed onto them giving them a mottled appearance which becomes more solid towards the tail.


History: The original bloodred was produced by Eddie Leach from animals collected in and around Hastings, St Augustine & Spuds areas in NE Florida.

Bill & Kathy Love were the first to market this cultivar in the early 80's. Back then Bloods had a bad reputation as being problematic feeders, often refusing to eat any rodent prey in favour of lizards, particularly Green Anoles, since being outcrossed they are now as strong as any other cultivar.

Another wildcaught line appeared in the hobby in 2005. The original female of this line was caught as an adult and the male as a hatchling by Mike Frase, since then Mike has found het animals on his property in St Augustine. In 2006 Joe Pierce of Snakes Alive worked with Mike to determine whether his line of Bloodred was compatible with the original.
Joe sent virgin females to Mike to test out, a female Pewter laid 15 eggs bred to a wild caught Het Blood from which 8 Bloods and 5 Het Bloods hatched which proves the Frase line of Bloods is genetically compatible with the original line.
The Frase line of bloods do not have the grey head pattern that is often associated with this cultivar but do have the diffused pattern and plain ventrals.

Appearance: As hatchlings bloodreds don't look much different colour wise to a Classic Cornsnake except they have a plain unmarked belly and often reduced markings on a grey head. This cultivar comes into it's own as it matures being suffused with red pigment which often gives them the appearance of being solid red. There may however be thin black borders remaining around the saddles.

Notes: Diffused is often use to describe the pattern trait of bloodreds, when combined with other cultivars.

Photo Credit: Sue Knight

It is also though that the Bloodred gene works co-dominantly as het Bloodreds express some traits such as reduced belly markings usually concentrated to the sides of the ventrals leaving a plain line running the length. The head pattern in hets can also be reduced. It's inheritance isn't fully understood yet but it doesn't appear to be a straight on/off gene.

Combinations: Fire, Bloodred Stripe, Pewter, Granite, Hypomelanistic Bloodred

 Don Sodenberg - South Mountain Reptiles (1,2,3,4.6.)
Sue Knight (5,7)
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