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Super Tessera
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:22 PM   #1
Richard Hume
Super Tessera

Thought I'd post a few pictures of the only, I believe, super tessera to date. The story on this guy is that he was produced by Graham Criglow and subsequently acquired by Don Shores. Don bred it to a single female the first year and produced 16 out of 16 tesseras. In the second year he bred it to two females and produced 30 out of 30 tesseras.

If you look at the snake's side pattern it is much more "faded out" than a regular tessera. It is quite odd that there haven't been more of these popping up, although the tessera morph is still relatively new, and it's possible that people could actually have a super version and not even realize it.

This male was acquired by Vin Russo from Don this past summer. We have a number of females to breed to him this season - a fire stripe, striped blood, peppermint, ultramel, okeetee, and one or two more. He certainly will be quite busy in a few weeks.

Thanks for looking!
Rich Hume
Old 03-05-2013, 10:43 PM   #2
Old 03-06-2013, 12:10 AM   #3
Awesome looking snake! I had read somewhere a long time ago that super tessera was thought to be lethal. Never really looked into it much after that but clearly that is not the case.
Old 03-06-2013, 03:35 AM   #4
That's awesome. It makes sense that there is a super form. Just as I believe there is a super form of many co-dominant morphs, it's just not visual sometimes. I had (and also read about someone else who had) a spider ball python that looked visually the same but when bred to a normal all 3 times every egg was a spider, could be luck, but I think it wasn't. Good luck with your projects
Old 03-06-2013, 05:19 AM   #5
I'm working on producing my own "supers" right now. If you figure out any determining characteristics as to what is super and what isn't, I'd love to know.

Best of luck!
Old 03-06-2013, 05:49 PM   #6
Tom Tuttle
Great looking addition Rich!
Old 03-06-2013, 05:56 PM   #7
Was this was from the original tess x Tess breeding? I have some that will be tested from Tess x Tess breeding's. Is the super het?
Old 03-06-2013, 06:05 PM   #8
great looking snake with awesome genetics.
Old 03-06-2013, 07:04 PM   #9
Neat, kinda like the snake has the Midas Touch

Originally Posted by nmoore601 View Post
Was this was from the original tess x Tess breeding?
Tess X Tess = a "super" Tess is a good question, would have to think it was the case...?
Old 03-06-2013, 11:37 PM   #10
Erm .... Total noob question here, but .... What exactly is a "super" tessera? Also, what about the super tess gene was supposed to be lethal?
Thanks for helping!

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