This one is for Krystal!
Thanks for bringing this one up, as it is a topic I've wanted to touch on, but haven't gotten a chance to do so.
Here we go!
Het Reds are a VERY stubtle morph. And because they are so subtle, most people choose not to work with them much. If you showed this snake to someone who had no idea what it was morphwise, they would say Normal.
Here are the two girls I have from proven lines...
They are beautiful in their own right, but they are rather plain. If I told you they were normals, I have a feeling people wouldn't really question it.
And what is also fascinating is that there is so much variation in the base morph. These gals are Het Reds, but look completely different! And it is kind of hard to pinpoint some Het Reds compared to Normals. There are some tricks, including the lines inside the alien heads, a slightly off color compared to normals, and floating donuts, black backs, but that doesn't guarantee it to be a Het Red. Confused yet?
So to touch on Krystal's question, people would rather use Het Reds in Combos rather than make the Super, which is why you don't see many Red Axanthics around. Me? I'm planning on making a Super next year, because I think it would be a great morph to plug in to so many different things.
Something I did last year on accident was to create the first Black Pastel Het Red. I am not using a proven line, so I need to make sure that everything is on the up and up and that it is reproducable, but Ralph Davis and I were the only ones that made them last year, and I was first in producing my Chipo.
Why did I do it? Well, I thought a Black Pastel would look great going with my "normal" female, who had some traits of Black Pastelness as well... So I did the pairing. They do look somewhat similar, don't they?
(Photo of Black Pastel next to Het Red -neither are related to Chipo-)
And look what came out??? She is one of my favorite morphs, really. I love the colors, and she just keeps getting better and better...
So next year, I will try the pairing again to make sure the Mom really is a Het Red (my own line), but it is pretty much solid that she is, thanks to Ralph doing the same breeding.
But again to touch on Krystals comment, Het Reds are great, you just need to make sure you really have them from a proven line, and that you use them how you will. Supers are great, they have a great color, but I don't have any photos from the personal collection to share.. But I will eventually!!!
Hope that helps, and shoot me more questions!!!
Have a great day, my friends :)