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 Post subject: What do you call this lilac salamander...?
PostPosted: May 14th, 2018, 6:07 pm 
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We all know that at times the Porter can be a little confrontational, vulgar, obscene... Hell, some people might even say he's a freaking lunatic. A creep :( A gross and disgusting fat bastard :o but if there's one thing in this world that can bring the Porter back to his hidden sweet innocence and compassion... momentarily releasing his pain and reminding him, like a burrowed-in spadefoot waiting for the rains, that the embracive and heartwarming intimacy of a loving honest woman will one day replenish and enrich his soul... it's the beauty of this Frog Dame Modern Talking lilac salamander :thumb: ...never again will I see its equal :mrgreen:

I wanted to post this to find out what the heck to call it :lol: it's a Sierra Nevada ensatina from the Western slopes around 3500- 4,000 ft. A gravid female with a belly full of eggs. I think I saw Nick Hess and his father post one similar... and maybe Jim Bass posted a slender of similarity. I think the word starts with an L... and I wanted to say it was lethargic at first :lol: anyways, is it a morph... An aberrant... or just simply a rare variation?

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PostPosted: May 15th, 2018, 6:26 am 
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Amelanistic. Pretty


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PostPosted: May 15th, 2018, 1:06 pm 
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Kelly Mc wrote:
Amelanistic. Pretty


Thanks Kelly! :beer: so that's the opposite of melanistic, right? So, that applies to animals that aren't normally black..?

The word I was thinking of was something like luethentric... Is there a word like that which describes a lack of color pigment?


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PostPosted: May 15th, 2018, 3:31 pm 
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Porter, the word you're trying to remember is leucistic (adj.), hence leucism (the condition). Kelly, why not leucistic instead of amelanistic in this case? In my old age and forgetting chit, I can't remember the exact differences between these two conditions.


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PostPosted: May 15th, 2018, 3:49 pm 
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John Martin wrote:
Porter, the word you're trying to remember is leucistic (adj.), hence leucism (the condition). Kelly, why not leucistic instead of amelanistic in this case? .



Cause I could be wrong! :lol:


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PostPosted: May 15th, 2018, 3:51 pm 
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The iris looks dark so yeah, unless a leucistic guy would be all pink or lilac, ie no pigment. There's probably morph ppl who would be able to tell. Leucistic animals are isolate in fur or skin lack of pigment but eyes are normal. Which is striking imo. Albinos look undone.


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Kelly is correct. I kept a leucistic Texas ratsnake for several years before donating it to a fellow teacher. It was entirely white bodied, pink tongue, but deep blue "normal" eyes...

I think the splotches make this something else.


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PostPosted: May 15th, 2018, 7:24 pm 
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craigb wrote:
Kelly is correct. I kept a leucistic Texas ratsnake for several years before donating it to a fellow teacher. It was entirely white bodied, pink tongue, but deep blue "normal" eyes...

I think the splotches make this something else.


Good point Craig!

Maybe Kelly is more right than she thinks... this garter snake which is clearly melanistic, has intacct blotch coloration of the normal variations as well. :?:

Image[/url]Melanistic Valley Gartersnake by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

John Martin wrote:
Porter, the word you're trying to remember is leucistic (adj.), hence leucism (the condition). Kelly, why not leucistic instead of amelanistic in this case? In my old age and forgetting chit, I can't remember the exact differences between these two conditions.


Yep, that's the word I was thinking of :thumb: is there a chance she could be a mix of both...?


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PostPosted: May 16th, 2018, 2:29 am 
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Also, another one was found in the Kern plateau: http://www.californiaherps.com/salamand ... adalex.jpg ...also a female.

I found this male back in 2009, who is only partial. 50/50... And here are a couple more individuals from the same locale to show the difference. These individuals found near Jackson, CA. The Lilac is definitely the base color...

ImageSierra Nevada Ensatina by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

ImageSierra Nevada Ensatina by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr

ImageSierra Nevada Ensatina by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation, on Flickr


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PostPosted: May 16th, 2018, 7:25 pm 

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Those are gorgeous !
There are degrees of amelism, and leucism in nature...
But truly only a genetics expert could do a study and figure out how it relates to the others of the same species.

Porter, I like your name "Lilac" phase though.

Let's just hope "they" don't build housing tracts and strip malls on their habitat. :?


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This is not as pretty as yours Porter. But it did impress me...


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PostPosted: May 16th, 2018, 11:44 pm 
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Lilac phase it is :thumb: ...until some damn expert gets his derriere on here and solve this puzzle... cough, cough... hack spit. Blaaaahhhh... :crazyeyes:

The Lilac one was found in a safe place that should remain says for a very long time. The other three I found after my uncle significant other passed away and I drove up to Pineville to help move his shed and other things. Found a bunch underneath the tool shed, in the firewood pile Outback, under some sheet metal, a couple painting boards, round walkway stones, and planter boxes...

That buzztail is awesome :thumb: I've still never found a rattlesnake morph of any kind. Except the blonde ones that have a little bit of Orange and high yellow. Those look pretty cool

Damn it! I was hoping people would start posting cool salamander photos to this... I mean what the Goth ma'am Mother Falcon scat...! :(


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Well, I have a window of opportunity Tuesday next week. I'm still deciding where I will go play...
I never even got out in the field at all last year. I injured my knee and was on crutches for 5 weeks.
It's all good now. :D


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PostPosted: May 17th, 2018, 10:47 am 
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Nice pics, Porter! That is one cool Ensatina!

Bart


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PostPosted: May 17th, 2018, 11:38 pm 
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RenoBart wrote:
Nice pics, Porter! That is one cool Ensatina!

Bart


Thanks Bart :beer:

craigb wrote:
Well, I have a window of opportunity Tuesday next week. I'm still deciding where I will go play...
I never even got out in the field at all last year. I injured my knee and was on crutches for 5 weeks.
It's all good now. :D


Go get one! :thumb: my leg's been messed up the whole last week and my ankles been swollen. Bart and I took a shot at some zanata but no score. We both found some other cool stuff though I'll get a post up with that soon. But yeah even though I used a walking stick most the time I'm still struggling with the leg on those slopes. Feels like I'm walking on a bubble last 2 weeks


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