The Cinder gene is a main focus for us here at procorns...
Cinder is a single genetic mutation and is a recessive gene. It is not known to be allelic to any other currently understood cornsnake gene.
Typically the colouration is of an anerythristic nature although it presents with red speckles to a varying degree in the saddle pattern. It has a massively variable expression with some animals having large amounts of red and maroon colours whereas other are much more grey and silver.
The eyes tend to be grey with a very dark if not black pupil. The light grey Cinders can show a very striking contrast between the head colour and the dark pupil.
The ventral can vary greatly as well with most showing a reduced checkerboard pattern on a while background. Many will show a black and dark red mottled effect.
Cinder was found by Rich Z from Serpenco after aquiring a gravid female Keys corn in 1996. Rich bred her to a Hypo to produce a Hypo Keys line but decided is was quite uninteresting. Cinder popped up when he bred one of the hatchlings back to its mother. I believe Rich bred Cinder to Anery, Charcoal, Silver Queen Ghosts and Phantom corns between around 2004 and 2006 and no Cinder appeared helping to prove that the gene was not compatible with any of ther Anerythristic genes.
It has had various names over the years but Cinder seems to have stuck, it was coined by Carol Huddleston from Low Belly Reptiles. It has been called Anerythristic C and Ashy by Serpenco and "Z" by Charles Pritzel.
The earliest known combination was Amel Cinder produced by Carol Huddleston around 2005 and then later Hypo Cinder around 2006.
Cinder at procorns
Cinder is a particular favourite procorns and we are working extensively with it. The attraction is the great variation found in the expression as well as the stunning combinations that have been produced so far.
As well as working on Cinder combinations we are also planning a selective breeding programme where we will try to produce two very distinctive single gene Cinder lines. Firstly a line with a very high red expression and secondly a line with as little pattern and red as possible, tending towards a totally grey snake.
In 2010 we produced Cinders with variable expression, Hypo Cinders and a Diffused Cinder.
in 2011 we produced Cinder, Amel Cinder, Amel Cinder Stripe, Diffused Cinder and Lava Cinder.
We are currently working on the following Cinder morphs for which we have hets and will start many more projects over the next few years.
- Butter Cinder
- Butter Cinder Motley
- Caramel Cinder
- Cinder Motley
- Cinder Stripe
- Lavamel Cinder
- Sunkissed Cinder
- Sunkissed Cinder Stripe
- Charcoal Cinder
- Hypo Cinder Motley
- Cinder Motley
- Lava Sunkissed Cinder
And many more!