Boa Morphs

The first one was Born "2003" from our Albino male bread to our Hypo female.  It was born with a half white head with one albino eye and the other half of the head and eye was normal.The rest of the body was normal looking with some white speckling coming through.  With every shed it gets better looking. Pictures don't do it justice. The second Calico was born 4/29/04 from the same parents as last years (Albino male to our hypo female).
  Two years in a row from the same parents maybe there is some thing here?  Only time will tell.

In 1983 Four newborn albino boas were, imported from Colombia. The group consisted of three males and one female. Over the next six years the boas grew to sexual maturity. The owners were unable to get the boas to successfully reproduce, which resulted in their decision to sell one of the males. This single adult male albino boa was bought by Peter Kahl of Baltimore, MD. 

    Pete acquired six female Colombian boas and quarantined them from the male. In November of 1989 the seven animals were placed together. In June of 1990 two of the six females produced babies. These babies were the first heterozygous for albinos ever produced. As a result of heavy feedings, the babies were nearly six foot in length within one year. Due to their size Peter decided to put a group together for the 91' breeding season. In June of 1992 the first captive born albino boas were produced.

Unfortunately the history of this beautiful morph is not well documented. Anerythristic boas are imported to U.S. on a regular basis. There have also been anerythristic boas pop out in normal to normal breedings. Current speculation is that several strains of the Type I anerythristic exist. There is some evidence to back this up. There are at least two color variants, a brownish variant and a silver variant. Never the less these "Black Albinos" are key ingredients to many of the man-made morphs being created today. I know you might be asking yourself..."Black Albinos?" In simple terms that is exactly what anerythristics are, their pigment make-up is opposite to the albino boa. Albinos lack melanin which is black pigment, on the other hand anerythristics lack erythrin which is red pigment. These beautiful snakes are being used to create many designer boas, such as Snow Boas and Ghost Boas. This trait has been shown to be simple recessive.

To the best of the authors knowledge, the first hypo-melanistic boas came into the country from Panama. These boas where referred to as Orange-tails, because of the intense orange on their tail blotches. As a result of both line-breeding and out-breeding to lighter common Colombian boas, several phases have been established. Salmon phase hypos tend to have a darker rose-like pigmentation. Super Salmons, which are a product of breeding a salmon to a salmon, tend to be very light in overall color with very little black scaling. While hypo-melanistic boas lack black pigment they are not albinos. They lack melanin to certain degrees. There are hypo-melanistic boas born with nearly no black scaling but they still carry the black pigment. This trait has been proven co-dominant.

The Moonglow is a very special and unique looking triple gene mutation. It is the result of combining the Kahl strain Albino to the Anerythristic and Hypo. The Albino removes the dark pigment while the Anery eliminates the red pigment and the Hypo further reduces any pattern and color. The results are an almost translucent looking snake.

The Sunglow is a highly popular morph in big demand and it’s no wonder considering the overall beauty of this spectacular mutation. The Sunglow is the result of crossing the Kahl strain Albino into the Salmon/Hypo. The results are a very intense looking Albino with reduced pattern and extreme coloration. These are a definite favorite amongst boa enthusiast worldwide and we are thrilled to be working with such an exceptional group of them.

The Snow Boa is a result of the combination of two recessive traits, albinism and anerythrism, to create a new lineage of boa constrictor known as the snow boa. The first snow boa was produced during the 1996 breeding season by Pete Kahl. Pete started this project five years ago by breeding an albino male to an anerythristic female. Anerythristic boas do not produce red pigment in the skin, a condition similar to albinism in which no black pigment is produced. The offspring from this litter are normal in appearance, but are heterozygous gene carriers for two recessive traits, albinism and anerythrism. These offspring are commonly referred to as double hets or double heterozygous for snow. When these double hets are bred to each other, the resulting litter of babies will be comprised of four different color phases. On the average, 9/16 of the litter will appear normal, 3/16 will be albino, 3/16 will be anerythristic and 1/16 will be a beautiful snow boa