|Cornsnake Morph Guide ®||Pattern Formation||Charles Pritzel|
Normally, the cells on one side of the centerline match the activity of the cells on the other side, resulting in symmetry. The zigzag pattern could result when a division on one side is not
matched on the other side, and those groups of saddles become offset until another unmatched division occurs. These would occur randomly, as opposed to a specific gene controlling the exact point at which an offset occurs. Since half of these unmatched divisions create the zigzag pattern, and the other half remove
the zigzagging, a large number of these "offsets" could cause patterns that are not as zigzagged as a snake with only one or a few offsets. This could account for the unpredictability of this pattern's appearance.
The aztec pattern may be formed as the result of spontaneous changes in destiny, in cells that normally all form the same blotch. There are often areas where cells appear to have "changed destinies" before the saddle has completely expanded, so that areas of ground color are formed instead of the saddle color. There can also be subdivided areas, as if parts of a single saddle have broken away from the main group to form their own smaller "independent" blotches.