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    Hi, I have the operttunity to buy a pair of striped boas, the striping is on the red tail saddles, thay are compleatly striped, my question is, is this trait likely to be dominant, or is it caused by non optimal temps during gestation, really what I want to know is if I breed them will I get striped babies. cwm4.gif, or normals or a mix.

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    Re: striped boas

    What do the parents look like? It's always very hard to say which ones are genetic and which ones are not. I have a 1.1 that came out of a clutch that each and every baby was striped. The parents were not striped. But what makes this incident different from the normal striped clutch that comes about as a result of improper temps during gestation is that out of 24 babies, 23 lived, and are still living, eating great and growing strong, 6 months later. A lot of times if "incubation" temps are incorrect a good percentage will come out kinked, or dead, with some possibly striped. Tail striping occurs more as a genetic trait than full body striping. Ladder tail "striping is also seen genetically and has been proved to get more extreme as the generation goes on, resulting in genetic reverse tail striping. So unless the parents are striped there's really no way to tell until you breed them. Even if the parents are striped, it could be just the husbandry practices, two generations in a row.

    Either way, IMO striped BCI are AMAZING! I love them. My male has one widow peaked saddle in back of his head, then 7 saddles connected by a 1/4 inch line, then a loooong 3 inch widow peaked saddle, and ended with a striped tail. My female has all her saddles in the right place, no connections, but each and every one is widow peaked. And she's got a nice very defined ladder tail. They are really Screamers! Lori also has a baby out of this clutch. The parents were not striped.

    IMO, genetic or not, striped BCI are worth the extra cash. I love things that are unique, and if striping is not genetic, that's almost as good as if they are because that means there will be less of them to go around, making my babies even more unique! hehe, but if they are genetic I WON'T COMPLAIN : ;D -Juggalo


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      Re: striped boas

      One of the best "wishes" in the boa trade is to find the unique genetic trait that will prove out in all the offspring. Striped boas are no exception to this wish list.

      There are two types of striping, but they are vastly different.

      Genetic Morph striping, and aberrent striping.

      Genetic Morph striping is where we generally see a complete stripe or at least a half body stripe with well defined borders on parents, that are dominant genetic traits and are passed to the offspring. These patterns tend to be identical on each offspring that inherits the trait. Stripes are in the same places and generally the same size and length. These are obviously less frequently found.

      Aberrent striping is patterns that tend to be a result of gravid irregularities. Temperure extremes and other environmental conditions affect the babies during development. These patterns tend to be different on each boa, and there are no patterns, no rhyme or reason to the patterns. These type of striping is not generally passed on to the next generation.

      If your boas you are looking at have very definate, clearly defined stripes with clearly defined borders, and they look very much a like, then there is a chance that those traits will be passed on.

      Let us know the progress
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        Re: striped boas

        I decided in the end not to go with the stripes, but instead to get into BCC's, thay are amazing! ;D