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Rattlesnake Morphs
Amelanism
Often called Albino, The snake is unable to produce tyrosinase. Melanin is absent in the melanophores. This is total lack of black pigment.


An albino C. adamanteus owned by Anjanette Buffalo
Taylor


Hypomelanism
This is a reduction in black pigment. Tyrosinase is produced but is not able to deposit melanin in the melanophores.

Hypermelanism
Sometimes called "Melanistic" An abundance of black pigment. The animals appear solid black or dark brown.

Axanthism
A lack of red and yellow pigment. Animals usually appear as black, gray, and white or silver.

Hypoxanthism
A lack of, or absence of, yellow pigment.

Hyperxanthism
An abundance of yellow pigment. Often coupled with a reduction of red pigment.

Anerythrism
An absence of red pigment.

Hypoerythrism
A reduction of red pigment, yellow still being present.

Hypererythrism
An abundance of red pigment.

Leucism
Completely lacking in all pigment. (except in the eyes)



Snowflake, the only known leucistic Eastern Diamondback,
she was owned by Bill Love. You can read her amazing story on
Bill's Page


Calico
Patches of scattered white.

Piebaldism
Large solid white blotches

Striped
Fused pattern into stripes


Patternless
Lacking some or all pattern

A partially patternless animal:


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