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The Most Expensive Corn Snakes in the World

Saturday, December 31st 2011. | Animals

The most expensive corn snake is the Tessera, selling for $1200. Not only are they visually pleasing, but they can be downright shocking in appearance. For those curious about why we call them Tessera cornsnakes, “tessellate” means “to form a mosaic pattern” and “tessera” is one of the Latin roots for it.

The Most Expensive Corn Snakes in the World

The Most Expensive Corn Snakes in the World

What makes Tesseras so expensive? Other than appearance, the primary (and inherent) value of Tessera-type Corns is their mode of inheritance. Since this most expensive corn snake are dominant to wild type, pairing any Ultra Type that is a Visual Het to ANY corn snake (other than a Tessera-type) will render 50% Tessera mutants in the F1 (first) out-crossed generation.  The results of pairing an Tessera homozygote with ANY corn snake (other than a Tessera-type) will render 100% Tessera mutants.

The Most Expensive Corn Snakes in the World

The Most Expensive Corn Snakes in the World

Snow Tesseras are virtually identical to exceptionally well patterned Striped Snow Motleys in appearance, but that’s where the resemblance ends. The remarkably consistent Striped Motley-type pattern that derives from the base mutation, Tessera, is inherited dominantly.  Hence, when you breed a Snow Tessera to a Snow, both Snows and Snow Tesseras (approximately 50/50) will comprise the F1s (First Generation Progeny).  No waiting one more generation to get pattern mutants, since this most expensive corn snake is dominant to wild type.

The Most Expensive Corn Snakes in the World

The Most Expensive Corn Snakes in the World

Predominantly contiguous dorsal striping is the most unique feature of most expensive corn snake. Even when the stripe is broken, it resumes immediately thereafter (unlike Striped and Motley mutants whose dorsal striping never resumes with any degree of renewal). Not unlike very good Striped Motleys, many Tesseras have an interruption of stripe at the girdle (anatomical location – polar to the cloaca), but unlike Striped and Motley mutants, the dorsal stripe almost always continues to the tail tip.  Thus far, fully striped this most expensive corn snake have been produced from parents with some-to-many dorsal stripe breaks. Hence, broken-striped Tesseras can produce fully striped striped Tesseras, even though their stripe is broken.  Incidentally, none of the original 2.1 original Tesseras in this line have complete dorsal striping, but many of their progeny and grand progeny do in this most expensive corn snake.



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