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Posted by CulebraOnna on December 13, 2002 at 16:44:34:
In Reply to: Question about boa hybrids posted by Chrome on December 12, 2002 at 18:20:12:
:Are Argentine, Surinam, Brazilian Rainbow, Baja Rosy, Rosy, Columbian RedTail, and the Boa Constrictor all different species, sub-species, or color morphs? And where does the Salmon Boa play into this?
:Thanx in advance,
Here we go... Argentines are Boa constrictor occidentalis, Surinames Peruvians and Guyanese are B. c. constrictor, ColOmbian redtails are B. c. imperator. All these guys are subspecies of each other, and fairly closely related. Salmon is a genetic, co-dom morph of Colombians. Co-dom, if you didn't know, means that a salmon x normal = half normal, half salmon, and salmon x salmon = 25% normals, 50% salmons, and 25% super salmons. Supersalmons are homozygous for the salmon gene, while salmons are het but display the trait. Supersalmon x salmon = 50-50 supersalmon/salmon, and supersalmon x normal = all salmons. There are "Salmontines", which are 50% Argentine, 50% Colombian, with the salmon gene.
The Brazilian rainbow is in a completely different genus, though I'm afraid I can't remember what it is right now. It's related to Argentine and Colombian rainbows...
Rosy boas are Lichanura (sp?) trivigata subspecies.