Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Dowling and Price, the two people who, in 1988, proposed that subocularis and rosaliae be given their own genus of Bogertophis instead of Elaphe, proposed also that the Bogertophis animals were more closely related to "Pits" than to other "rat snakes". After seeing these animals, I am a believer.
Another amazing photo by Michael Price.
So, inch per inch and scale per scale they are "Pit" through and through.
And to answer your question...
To my knowledge, no. They are protected in Mexico, and the collecting of them is prohibited.
Even if "amplinotus" were longer, that doesn't make them qualify to be a subspecies. But I am sure you know that...I just try to clarify things on here for newcomers to the hobby.
For example, the Okeetee locality of corns tends to be a larger race within the species.