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Old 20th October 2008   #15 (permalink)
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Default Re: Belly Color - Genetic? Age? or Nutrition?

It depends. It's possible that your yellow bellied female is a genetic mutant that cannot get a red belly. It's also possible that your orange bellied offspring are already as red as they are able to be for genetic reasons. However, if the reason is diet, then the next generation will be able to have red bellies if they are fed the right diet. Does this make sense? I don't think anyone can tell you for sure why your specific animals have the belly color that they do - it could involve some genetic as well as dietary reasons. But probably the next generation could be more red if they were fed crustaceans.
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