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RE: Why oh why are there so many more...

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Posted by: reticguy2 at Mon Jan 22 08:37:55 2007   [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by reticguy2 ]  
   

I don't know what your thoughts are boaphile but here is what I would expect. Since genetic mutations are most commonly exposed through inbreeding, perhaps a ball python's lifestyle in the wild promotes more inbreeding than a live bearing boa. Ball pythons hatch underground and probably live a pretty secretive life. Whereas boas born in the jungle may travel further from where they were born by the time they are breeding size. Perhaps ball pythons become sexually mature in the wild faster than boas, further increasing the chance of inbreeding. Food availability could also be a factor. If a boa in the wild has to travel further to find food I would imagine siblings would be further separated, decreasing the chance of an inbreeding taking place.


   

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