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The "Pearlescent Boa"

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Posted by boaphile on May 13, 2003 at 18:21:28:

Three years ago when this little fellow was born I didn't think that what
he had going on would be genetic. This is the original "Pearlescent Boa".
I did not give him a name when I originally produced him as my assumption
was that everything that he has going on there probably was not genetic except
the fact that I knew he is a Hypo. Some scoffed even at the idea that he was
a hypo. Note the wild two tone color of the scales creeping up his sides.
This is reminiscent of the now deceased "Pearl Boa" which had never
been proven genetic or not looked.

His parents were a typical "Orange Tail" Hypo and a Pastel Bloodline
female from my original Pastel Dream bloodline. Last year I tried to breed
him back to his mother. She had slugs and unfortunately died about three months
later due to birth complications. I thought this was really my best chance
to see more offspring like this "Screamer Hypo". Well this year
he bred "The Monster Tail" female. She is pictured below:

She is the antithesis of everything that he is. She has huge pattern. She
is rich in color. Big fat unBOAlievable Tail AND she is NOT a Pastel. She
is totally unrelated to the "Pearlescent Boa" shown at the top of
the page. Despite all these facts she produced the offspring shown below.
Here she is below with some of the babies:

and another...

Well it's obvious that EVERYTHING that this male has is genetic. Here are
a few kids for you to enjoy:


Guess what? It's doesn't appear only in the Hypos.

It is certainly the most dramatic in the Hypos but lots of these weird patterns
are also in the non-Hypos.

For now these animals will all be content to reside here at the "Boa
Black Hole" where they belong. By the way... lest any of you wonder if
this inverse weird stripe may still be linked to the Hypo trait. These babies
above are great great grandchildren of my original Pair of Boas I first bred
in 1985 with their babies being born February 17th, 1986. They are Pastel
Dream animals from my original and best Pastel Dream bloodline. The baby below
was born this morning. May 13th, 2003. He is also a great great grandchild
of my original pair. He does not have one drop of Hypo blood running through
his veins. He is pure 100% SECOND generation Ivory PASTEL Anerythristic. Every
single baby in his litter IS a Pastel. That is 17 Ivory Anerythristics and
10 het for Anerythristic Pastels.

The common thread again; Both are from my original Pastel Dream bloodline
and fourth or fifth removed cousins! This inverse stripe and resulting pattern
anomalies are a PASTEL bonus! Still don't believe in the POWER of the Pastel
Dreams? I am a believer but then that comes as no surprise does it?

So what do you think? Like any of these little babies I had?

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