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Cultivar: Caramel
Other Marketing Names: Anery C, Anerythristic Type C
Genotype: caccac
Eyes: Golden Brown with a dark iris
Ventrals: Checkerboard pattern of black/brown

 

History: The first Caramel (type 'C' Anerythrism) cornsnake was bred by Rich Z in 1991. Whilst on vacation with his wife in Southwest Florida in 1985 they visited a pet store in Cape Coral. In the store was a tank with some wild caught Cornsnakes in it, one of these corns immediately caught Rich's attention. A female with an unusual straw coloured ground colour and reddish brown blotches. This snake was purchased and was first bred with a Snow Corn male, as expected all the hatchlings were wild-type, several of these were kept back and raised for future breeding projects. The next season she was bred to an Amelanistic male and again some of the babies were held back for future breeding.

When the first group was old enough they were bred back to one another and several Amelanistic hatchlings were produced, which appeared to have more yellow pigment in them as they matured. The same results were obtained when the second group was bred. Rich kept 3 males and 5 females that were Amelanistic and also one female from each of the two clutches from the original female

1991 saw the first Caramel Corns being produced by breeding the amelanistic males to here sibling sisters and to the females from the first clutch.

The Caramel babies looked like oddly coloured Anerythristic corns, whose appearance changed with each slough, getting more brown than black and even developing some yellow in the groung colour. Subsequent breedings determined that Caramel was a unique gene that was not a form of Type A or Type B Anerythristism.

Apprearance: In adults the background colour varies from a light yellowish brown to a light brownish grey. The dorsal blotches also vary from a caramel-yellow-brown to a rich chocolate brown. As hatchlings they are very dark and can often be mistaken for Anerythristic Cornsnakes.

It has been noted by some breeders that snakes het for Caramel can show more yellow pigment than normal. Another interesting observation is that Type A Anerythrism seems to mask the Caramel gene when they are homozygous in the same animal. Rich also notes that these double homozygous Corns look very clean with reduced colouration that is often seen in many Anerythristic Motley Cornsnakes.

Varieties and other morph combinations: Common colour combinations are Butter,  Amber, Caramel Stripe, Caramel Motley, Caramel Bloodred


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