Many new herpers start with the common corn snake or the ever-popular baby ball python because size is a main concern when deciding on what reptile pet to purchase. The boa constrictor was one of the original pet snakes before the industry grew into what it is today due to its availability and looks. Many boa constrictor species can easily reach adult lengths in excess of eight feet and that may pose a problem when trying to find appropriate housing for your pet. Luckily through the hard work and dedication of a few boa breeders around the country we can choose from an ever expanding number of morphs in the Central American boas, a boa species that rarely gets over four feet long.
Central American Boas
The Central American boa constrictor (Boa constrictor constrictor) is the more commonly found pet boa versus the Red Tail Boa (Boa constrictor imperator). Together with the Argentine Boa, Hog Island Boa and Brazilian Red Tail Boa these new world snakes make up the bulk of the boa species found on the pet market. Although they start out and max out at a much smaller size and price than their cousins, the Central American boas have not had the success the other localities have enjoyed due to their lack of extreme coloration especially when it comes to not having a bright red tail. All of this has been changing over the last few years with the discovery and successful breeding of a few new boa morphs.
Central American Boa Morphs
Once of the very first boa morphs imported was the hypomelanistic gene. This morph is known for its lighter coloration and the increased pink and peach coloration of the lower third of its body. This morph was then followed by the anerythristic mutation which lacks the red pigment resulting in a charcoal to black or silver colored snake. These two mutations were combined together to make the first designer boa morph the ghost boa. Since then many other mutations have been discovered and worked into this color palette including the tyrosinase positive or caramel albino, the motley, the blood and the leopard genes. Through the line breeding and crossing of these many genes, Central American boas today look vastly different than the wild type boas that were available as recently as twenty years ago.
New Boas Avaialbe at xyzreptiles
We have recently started working with a long time boa breeder based out of south Florida and will be offering captive born Central American boas and Central American boa morphs on our site. Currently we have these small sized and gentle snakes in the original coloration as well as caramels and caramel glows. We will be adding new mutations to this list and they can all be found in our dedicated boa constrictor section. At xyzreptiles quality is as important to us as customer care so please stop in and check out some of the great looking reptiles for sale we have currently have available for immediate shipping to the continental US.