KZN Red and Red Kenya- the two red house snakes. What's the difference?
There are some.
Kzn Reds start out somewhat brownish and gain their red color as they age.
They also have a darker base to their color, and that color is typically fairly cool toned. Think " deep ruby". Kzn Reds certainly can be warm toned too however.
They typically have a speckled appearance that is nearly patternless.
When bred to other capes, the first generation of offspring is similar to the pure kzn parents.
Both of these animals are Kzn Red
Red Kenya (top) & Kzn Red (bottom) Hatchlings
So which should you get? It really is a matter of personal taste. Some people will prefer one and another the other. Which I choose for my projects depends on what im trying to do with it. Both certainly have their place.
Red Kenyas hatch out already red, and their color is very warm, with an orange base.
They also have a different look to the eye.
Pure Red Kenyas have no pattern other than their eye stripes.
When used in hybrid crosses to cape morphs the resulting offspring are a mix of features, typically retaining some of the red kenyas red color, but typically losing the eye while gaining some pattern from the cape parent.
Kzn Red Extreme Gene Albino (speckled) & Red Kenya Albino