iHerp Australia Issue 6 - Page 16

My best guess is that there is something in the blood- lines concerned, and hopefully eventually we will be able to refine this condition and can start to predict exactly what’s going on. This coming season I will be crossing a reverse Paradox albino male back to his sister or mum. If we get higher proportions of Paradox from directly-related animals then we are going some- where. The male concerned in a Caramel animal with albino patches. I tried to breed from him last year but he just was not up to it. It will be interesting because ‘Hopefully we can refine the condition and start to predict exactly what’s going on.’ right where his hemipenes are is a big patch of albino, so I will be very curious to see what he breeds as. I want to work out what he will produce before putting him over too many females – he could breed as a het or an albino. I’m also trying to remove as much Darwin blood as possible to determine whether the Paradox trait is tagging along with the Darwin genes. I’m pretty sure that every Paradox animal I have ever produced has been a male, which is why I haven’t kept all of them. My feeling at this stage is that the Paradox state needs to be present on both sides of the family tree in order to be expressed. All of the ones that I have produced have come from pairings that are closely related. There is a lot of work still to be done, but the next couple of years will be very interesting. Above: Paradox Sunglow (hypo albino).. Below: reverse Paradox (Caramel with albino patches). Right (slide show): Caramel Paradox Jag (Caramel Jag with axanthic patches) and Paradox Ghost Zebra Jag believed to be the only one in the world. Images by Jarred Sharp.