Paradox- A person, thing, or situation that exhibits inexplicable or contradictory aspects. When one searches for paradox in animals you get results like"Animal Welfare and the Paradox of Animal Consciousness In this paper" and "The Animal Farm paradox" and it is not until you put a search phrase like Paradox in reptiles that you start to get some answers and most are focusing around Ball Pythons so I can only assume this is a term strictly confined to reptiles and mostly confined to snakes in the animal kingdom so I am skeptical about the use of this word the more I research it. You will also find comments like "Paradox is NOT a trait that breeds true" and "By general definition, a snake is a paradox if it shows signs that it's two things at once--that it has contradictory markings" or "non-genetic anomaly of the genetic pattern"
Calico- A blotched or spotted animal, especially one that is predominantly white with red or black patches and its found in domesticated cats. Reptiles include Pythons "Cow Reticulated" Ball Pythons, Boa's, Geckos and Bearded Dragons and maybe others I fail to think of right now.
So, what exactly is occurring with my paradox or as some suggest Calico Albino Varanus Salvators? Is it a form of Piebald, Calico or Chimerism or is it Paradoxing or is it something else? I thought maybe it was from basking in the sun and the loss of melanin protection and some even suggested it could be cancer but the first babies are now one year eight months old and thriving! The black flecks or Calico/Paradox start showing themselves after a month. My limited understanding is for example a white or "snow" animal that shows "normal" colored scales and the amount of this normal coloration does not effect the definition of being a Paradox, meaning it could be on one scale, many scales and in different locations on the animal or one. I also hear from many that this "trait" we will call it for now is a "albino" only trait and that its not a reproduce-able trait BUT with that in mind how can you account for my pairing that seem to be reproducing the trait at least twice, two clutches and with multiple, different females does that in fact make it reproducible? I also want to point out the Sire, Igor for all of these babies also has the same "traits" of having small black fleck on his skin and its not just occurring in Snow-Blind offspring, we see in Coral and T neg offspring as well and its also seems to be increasing with every shed cycle. Here is a baby fresh from the egg showing the same traits, impossible to be "from the sun" I believe this make this a PROVEN trait being passed down from Igor.
I will also say having observed a true wild-caught Leucistic "paradox" or "Pied" salvator mature and comparing the spots of black to some of my offspring they are identical on some but on others seem some what different, so it could mean we are dealing with two different traits/issues/oddities.
Since writing this page some new info has emerged, that is I now have had babies that just hatched have these same black flecks so this proves, I believe that the sun is not causing these black flecks and also it is reproducible. I have seen this trait in all forms of albino salvators, meaning I have it in my T-, Coral, Snow-Blind and I even believe in the T+ that are produced here but since they are so dark its not as easy to observe.
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I am very happy & proud to report since I got back into breeding Varanids in 2018 I have produced 86 (various) forms of Albino V. salvators and that includes the worlds first "Super form" or as I called them Snow-Blind, for a total of 23 heads to date. 54 "normal" HETS (various) forms have been produced as well for a total of 143 CB Biawak. Some VERY exciting pairings are taking place now so I am hopeful to produce some more high quality biawak
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