Genotype: dtd.dtd , ana·ana , mm.mm
Eyes: Grey with black pupil
Ventrals: Unpatterned white ventrals in hatchlings, in adults some colour may bleed onto them giving them a mottled appearance which becomes more solid towards the tail
History: First bred by Rob & Louise Stephens of Bayou Reptiles.
Appearance:The Motley trait effects the dorsal saddles, and is quite 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. Dilute Pastel Motley Cornsnakes are shades of grey, with pinky/peachy tones. The Dilute gene gives this cultivar an almost opaque look to the darker colours and brightens the lighter ones.
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.
The sloughs of Dilute Cornsnakes have been reported as being clear with no trace of pattern on them.
|Rob & Louise Stevens - Bayou Reptiles (2,4)