First Produced By: Barbara Velthuysen
Complex: Scaleless Complex
First Produced In: 2010
Last Updated: 2022-01-14
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Microscale is a recessive mutation founded by Barbara Velthuysen in 2010.
Microscale is a recessive mutation that popped up in Barbara Velthuysen’s breedings of Miami-phase corn snakes. There was some trouble getting the project started, with some eggs not making it full term or hatching out with deformities, but was finally proven to be a recessive gene (and not related to incubation issues) in 2015.
The head pattern of microscale corns can be either the normal head pattern or it can be reduced, similar to the masque gene. However, because of the formation of the scales, the head is often missing large patches of scales, but the pattern and color will still be visible on the skin. The color range is the typical range of colors that corn snakes naturally exhibit. The eyes typically match the saddle color, with a black pupil.
Microscale corn snakes are named for their small, rounded scales. They’ve been described as having a more velvety or smoother feel than a normally scaled corn. Due to the tiny scales, the pattern often appears very clean and ‘high definition’. The colors fall within the range of normal corn snake colors (reds, browns, and oranges), but due to their Miami heritage, they often will show red or orange saddles with a gray background color. The lateral pattern is often clean circles or blobs.
The belly of a microscale corn has normal belly checkers, both in size and appearance, and in checker presentation. Checkers will be black with a white background.
The tail will follow the body color and pattern.
No known proven lines
Microscale was proven to be allelic to scaleless in 2021 by Wyre Forest Reptiles