I am one of Jeff Ronne's biggest fans. I think what this man has done for the boa industry is ABSOLUTELY UNMATCHED by anyone! He has contributed more to the mass understanding and propagation of these amazing animals than anyone else, that alone ranks him #1 in my mind in the not-yet-created Boa Hall of Fame.
Additionally, Jeff has discovered and shared multiple mutations with the rest of us. The most important, IMO, is the "pastel" boa.
It's been a decade since Jeff first described the pastel trait and ever since, it's been twisted intentionally and unintentionally by those who wish to capitalize on it as well as those who simply haven't had access to the proper information (respectively). So, I wanted to lay it out, once again, so everyone can finally get back on the same page again (for however short a period of time it will be).
The following excerpt was taken from a VERY long post (perhaps Jeff's longest ever?? ehhh... maybe not! lol). I've trimmed it down to only include the parts relevant to this discussion at this time. I'll put three periods between sentences that do not originally go together but that I've placed next to each other for the sake of this cohesive point. Additionally, any bolded words were placed there by me for emphasis.
The above (Frankensteined) quote was taken from: The History of Pastel Dream Colombian Boas...what is a "Pastel"? ... A Pastel is this: A Boa that has an odd overall wash lacking the normal amount of black and a reduction in black pigmentation in particular throughout the pattern. This is particularly apparent in babies, which have the same kind of washed out pattern as Hypos. The saddles as well as the side blotches have less black than "normal". In fact, often the side blotches have no black whatsoever. That's it, no more no less. ... Identifying Pastels can be and is subjective. It is very much a matter of opinion. There are definitely degrees of "Pastelism". How much Pastelism is required to label an animal "Pastel"? I don't know what measure others may use, but I know what I look for in babies. I look for nearly no black in the side pattern. A very small amount of black can be found but nearly none normally. Sorry this can't be more definitive but it just can't. Now what is the cause of this Pastel trait? Dennis Sergeant has shown a picture of a Pastel Boa to Louis Porras. Louis said he had seen imports like these years ago and that he believed they had two of four layers of black missing. This sounds as good as anything else to me. I am not sure how and why it works, but work it does. ... Color is something that is enhanced by the Pastel trait not something that defines it at all. I have had Boas with tons of color that were not what I would call "Pastel". Color alone does not a Pastel make. ... color is not a deciding factor as to whether or not a Boa is Pastel. Remember a Pastel has an odd wash and an obvious reduction of black.
To illustrate the point that COLOR has absolutely nothing to do with a "pastel" boa, I'd like to post a few pictures of a lesser known, but equally beautiful (IMO) pastel line. The "Davey Pastel" line.
As you can see, this boa is CLEARLY a pastel based on the reduction of black in the saddles and side badges as Jeff has mandated via his original definition. Yet, it doesn't have the pink/red coloration that many expect a "pastel" boa to have.
I hope that the quote I placed above along with the pictures supplied illustrate the extreme diversity in pastel boas as well as what an actual pastel should look like. Please remember when determining whether a boa is a pastel or not:
Thanks for reading!color is not a deciding factor as to whether or not a Boa is Pastel.