Mexican Boas

Boa c. imperator

Tarahumara, Tamaulipas, Cancun, Sonora

 

Tarahumara Mountain Boas - Boa c. imperator

One very small Sonoran Desert Boa is the Tarahumara Mountain Boa. The  Sierra Tarahumara lies in the northern states of Chihuahua and Sonora Mexico. These areas of high peaks, forested plateaus and deeply eroded riparian canyons are sometimes referred to as Sky Islands in the desert. It is here at altitudes of 4000 feet or more where these dwarf boas (Boa c. imperator) originated. In the early 1990’s a researcher from the University of Arizona (UA) brought back a small group of these boas. In 1999 the pair was bred and 10 babies were produced. Gus Rentfro of Rio Bravo Reptiles purchased a pair of them and bred them in 2002. He produced a healthy litter of 9 babies from the 3 and a half year old boas that were less than 38 inches. This Captive breeding is proof that these dwarf boas may very well be the smallest of the Boa c. imperator group. These beautifully marked Boas have a light, beige to white background color as juveniles with very distinct black body blotches and an exaggerated black Head spear. Youngsters may also show hints of pink in between the saddles and down their sides. Their small size and ability to be exposed to cooler temperatures make them an ideal Pet Boa.

I personally have bred a female that was barely 40 inches in length and just under 1400 grams in weight - these Boas are absolutelty the smallest of the small.

2014 Looks like a good year for Tarahumara Boas - Births expected by July.



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Tamaulipas Boas Boa c. imperator

 These boas are from the mountains of southwest Tamaulipas, Mexico at an altitude of +-1000 meters. The area is cloud forest and tropical deciduous forest with winter being the dry season. I beleive that this new race of boa will rival any other Mexican race ( or even Central American race ) in color & beauty. We still have not bred f1 babies to each other yet to see what colors we can pull out of these boa. However - the F1 offspring of these Boas are outrageous & need no improvement in my opinion. The Photose Below were taken by Gus Rentfro with exception of the 09 youngster.

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Cancun Boas  Boa c. imperator

These rare Dwarf boas are quite hard to come by these days. This bloodline originated from Stock I had gotten from my buddy Gus Rentfro. This locality was almost completely lost to Boa culture if it was not for the efforts of myself & Gus. We both obtained a few pairs back from a previous customer in 2006 & were lucky enough to get a nice litter in 2011. Luckily this rare & beautiful race of Mexico boa is again in the hands of responsible keepers & hopefully will be around for many years to come for others to keep & enjoy. Cancun Boas are unique in that they are very colorful for a Mexican Boa. Some appear to be almost hypo - but they are simply a light variant. They also are very small as adults & can be bred at less than 4 feet in length. The photos below were taken by my buddy Gus Rentfro.

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Super Hypo Sonora Desert Boas Boa c. imperator
Hypo Sonora Boas : This is a very under rated locality boa from Mexico. The first Hypo Sonora Boas came into the country via automobile & were confiscated at the Mexico / U.S. border. At that time a women named Marcia Lincoln obtained the boas via her connections with the Sonora Desert Museum and the rest is history. I was lucky to obtain a few pairs of this rare boa & have successfully reproduced them in captivity. It is not known as to where the exact locality these boas came from - but the sonora desert museum keyed them out to be Sonora desert Boas & therefore that is why I call them " Hypo Sonora Boas". These Boas are lacking the Black pigment. This trait is also Incomplete dominant ( like all the other Hypo Boa traits and therefore there is a Super form ). They look similar to a Hog Island Boa but have a very unique color, far more saddles & longer heads. In 2004 I produced a few Super or Dominant Hypo Sonorans. Some look like the T+ Albino Boas. I beleive that there is something going on with this bloodline because the eyes appear lavender and the tongues are Pink. Because of it's great color & small mature size ( 5 feet ) I see great promise for this locality boa in the future. These boas also take a year or two to metamorphose into the electric orange & pink colors that they get with age ( especially the Supers - they are dripping with color - I have a camaparison between a hatchling & how it looks at 2 years pictured below ). I also beleive that this Hypo trait will be quite valuable in time because it will not affect the pattern of other boas ( like the salmon Hypos do ) & will keep crisp clean patterns when combined with say the Leopard trait.
Update 2014: Should have Hypo & Super Hypos by late July