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Feb 21, 2010
Here is my adult pair of hypo Redfoot's. As you can see not only is the carapace much lighter than your typical red's , their head colors are amazing , and actually have a glowing effect. Also the skin is a lighter grey with unique scale coloring as well.This has been an exciting project breeding " hypo to hypo",with eggs in the cooker already:p
The male is around 9.5" and the female 11"

Here is an example and some explanation on genectics, with albinos/hypos.
Example=Hypo to Hypo bred
First we need to look at what are Co-Dom morphs,and simple recessive morphs. For example lets take the albino, and hypo. Albino is simple recessive meaning only the homozygous form is visible, the heterozygous form (het) is not visible. Where as hypo is co-dominant meaning the hets are visible and the homozygous form is called super hypo. As with any morph both parents have to carry the gene to produce a homozygous animal. Meaning if you breed an albino to a normal, you will only get hets that all carry the gene, but all look normal. To get an albino you either have to breed het to het, albino to het, or albino to albino. Where as to get a hypo, you can breed a normal to a hypo and get a few hypos and a bunch of normals. To get super hypos you would have to breed hypo to hypo, hypo to super hypo, or super hypo to super hypo. So to get a hypo albino per say, you would need at the very least a hypo het albino and a normal het albino. The problem there is you're going to end up with possible het albinos too, both hypo and normal. And you can't tell the hets from the non hets.
Now this is where alot of people get confused. If you breed an albino to a normal, all of the babies will be 100% het. BUT if you breed a het albino to a normal, only half the babies will be het, the other will not. That's where you see "50% het". 50% het doesn't mean they are het, but that half are and half are not, and you can't tell the difference because it's co-dominant, so all are called 50% possible hets. If you breed 2 proven hets together you will get 25% homozygous, 50% heterozygous, and 25% normal. since you can't tell the difference between the hets and the normals, on average out of a het to het breeding, 66% of the normals are het, so they are called 66% possible het for whatever recessive trait it is. As where with the co-dom traits you can tell the hets from the non-hets.

Happy Tort~N

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