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Candy Cane Tesseras
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:14 AM   #1
Candy Cane Tesseras

How can you identify a candy cane tessera versus a reverse okeetee tessera?
There are examples on the Fauna classifieds right now, and both look the same to me. Can anyone notice subtle differences that help differentiate the two, especially if the reverse okeetee's parents were high white?
Old 10-13-2018, 10:54 AM   #2
It looks like the reverse okeetee tessera has more and brighter yellow just behind the head stamp. At the end of the day they are both just line bred amels.
Old 10-15-2018, 11:10 AM   #3
Candy cane wouldn't have yellow.
Old 10-15-2018, 11:50 AM   #4
Originally Posted by Nanci View Post
Candy cane wouldn't have yellow.
I don't see any yellow in the photo we were talking about on Fauna, but orange can appear behind the head on some specimens. My wife insists I'm color blind, so I like to have 2nd opinions. While the orange is not desirable, it is harder to get pure white backgrounds. I know the candy canes I bought from Rich many years back developed into awesome corns with backgrounds that appeared pure white. Their blotches turned from nice red to orange later though. I'm afraid that beautiful morphs, or line bred color variations, quickly fade into the past when new morphs appear.
Old 10-15-2018, 02:57 PM   #5
Well, there are orange candy canes, and red candy canes. But either would have a white background with no yellow. The snake the Fat Frog is selling is close, but it has yellow creeping down from the head. I would not call that a candy cane. He could develop a ton of yellow as he matures. The central stripe on the ROs is yellow, not white.
Old 10-15-2018, 03:13 PM   #6
To add to what Nanci said... there is a history of mislabeling some amels as candycanes by the poster on fauna.
Old 10-15-2018, 03:56 PM   #7
I do remember the snake photo, and that was obviously not a candy cane tessera. I have seen several candy canes, or what are advertised as candy canes, for sale and they were obviously just amels. Without dragging advertisers from Fauna into the fray, while one corn is advertised as candy cane, the other was just advertised as reverse okeetee. I guess my point is that without doing careful research about a particular morph, you are at the mercy of the seller, and his/her claims about the genetics involved in producing the specimen.
Old 10-16-2018, 06:48 PM   #8
Some of the "extreme" or High White reverse Okeetees can kind of look like a candycane as hatchlings, but for me good candycanes are red...and white...and that's it. The reverses are more yellow/orange to orange/red, with the the darker colored, white bordered saddles.
Old 10-16-2018, 09:52 PM   #9
This is one of the best ones I have seen, and yes, I am biased, he's mine. He is one of Nanci's babies.
He is going to be a key part to my Candy Cane Tessera project, with my Miami Tesseras.
Old 10-16-2018, 10:04 PM   #10
Originally Posted by MysticExotics View Post
This is one of the best ones I have seen, and yes, I am biased, he's mine. He is one of Nanci's babies.
He is going to be a key part to my Candy Cane Tessera project, with my Miami Tesseras.
I'd be biased as well - love the color in this guy!


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