The Motley Boa is a new Genetic
pattern mutation of the Boa. It is a fusion of dorsal striping with no
side pattern, and pin five stripes. It has circles on the back
as apposed to the common squares or diamonds. Motleys show more of a
lavender/silver color as opposed to the common brown boas
that we see from Columbia. The Motley is a Columbian boa imported as a
baby in 94. A Florida Breeder picked it up and named it the Motley Boa
because it strongly resembles the Motley cornsnake in pattern. Having
a hunch it was genetic, he bred it to a normal female common Boa. She
gave birth to 12 babies. Of the 12 babies, 6 were Motley, and the
other 6 were normal. Three of the Motley boas were dead in the sac,
and two of the other three died shortly after birth. That leaves us with one baby
and the original father who has not produced offspring to this date since.
Both Motley boas are males, and have been breeding heavy for this 2000
season, some females are gravid and hopefully baby Motleys are on the way.
There are many interesting possibilities with this new gene. We can get
ghost, snow, and sunglow Motleys. We can also get SUPER MOTLEYS and Albino Motleys which will be a true striped albino. The list goes on and on.
Article compliments of: Jeremy Stone
Photos compliments of: Jeremy Stone