THE DIRTY DOZEN
by Cliff Sawit
Animal Scene’s friendly neighborhood herpetologist Pitlair is back once again with a dazzling dozen of his reptilian friends. This month, Pitlair shares with us twelve specimens with one thing in common — yellow coloring that they all share. “Some of these are unique in that their genes expressed a deviation in color and/or pattern from their usual morph combination,” explains Pitlair. “The pastel clown in particular has an unusually well-saturated yellow, which is not usually seen in clowns.” The pastel clown is one of Pitlair’s favorites, tied with the chocolate pinstripe. “The chocolate pinstripe is exhibiting a very unique dorsal pattern,” notes Pitlair.