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RE: Interesting

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Posted by: RichardFHoyer at Sat Jun 16 11:35:29 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by RichardFHoyer ]  
   

Amanda:
I reviewed your prior posts and see I did comment about the fact you had received two males from the breeder. Determining the sex of juveniles can sometimes be difficult as the spurs are tiny, un-pigmented, and often hidden.

As for your 2010 female, did she begin to feed that summer? And did you continued to offer prey every month of the year? Or did you put the boa into a brumation situation during the winter months?

I may have over estimated the length of your female but nevertheless, her size is remarkably large for a boa born two years ago. The fact that she has taken on adult type coloration is such a short period of time is also of interest. That is, there is a sharp demarcation between the ventral yellow and dorsal brown where the dorsal scale rows begin. And she shows a considerable degree of ventral black mottling. And her eye color is that of adult as well.

You may note that the eye color of your two males is different from that of your female. Eye coloration of boas from here in W. Oregon varies from yellow to dark greenish-gray but rarely black. As mentioned, the basic black eye color of your female with the bronze halo around the pupil is characteristic of boas found in parts of Calif.

Richard F. Hoyer


   

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