Re: Do you like scaleless snakes?
Color mutations are completely cosmetic and are mainly influenced by the snakes surroundings. This has no ill effect on an animal in captivity because of this. Scales as a structure are not purely cosmetic and serve to protect the animal as well as retain moisture amongst others. Many of these functions are still important to an animal in captivity. It does negatively effect an animal in captivity to be missing this attribute. Also from an entirely evolutionary stance it is one of the major steps reptiles differentiating from their amphibian ancestors.