Boa constrictor imperator
These boa come from a small island off the coast of Belize. They have a lot in common with the Caulker's Cay Boa. Not only do they both come from their respective cays off the coast of Belize but both are true dwarf boa and capable of breeding at a very small size (under four feet). Both have evolved very unique survival adaptations that allow them to exist in less than ideal habitat for boa constrictors. However these two races of boa as represented in culture are also distinct from one another. The Crawl Cay boa have uniquely shaped heads with large eyes. They also have a much less blocky dorsal saddle. Those Crawl Cay Boa in culture have shown us much more variation in morphology than the Caulkers Cay Boa has shown us. They are heavily speckled boa and become more speckled with age. Aberrancies and striping in both the dorsal and tail saddles are rather common. The Crawl Cay boa can sometimes be a bit more nervous compared to the Caulkers Cay Boa as youngsters. The more consistent appearance of the Caulkers Cay Boa may be attributed to all the boa in captivity being descendants of a very small number of orignal parental stock.
A person interested in these boa should spend some time studying the work of Dr. Boback. This is an easy exercise using the internet to take advantage of the availability of Dr Boback's work online. There is even an episode of the television show Snake Wranglers devoted to his work with the Belize Boa. Luckily for keepers of unique wild boa his work required bringing home a few boa to the US. The Crawl Cay boa population already in culture got a welcome injection of fresh blood thanks to some collaboration between Dr. Boback and Vin Russo. My Crawl Cay pair were the result of pairing one of Dr. Boback's males with a female already in culture at Vin Russo's facility. I was one of the lucky ones to acquire a pair from this breeding by Vin Russo.
A photo of one as a juvenile from the Russo bloodline using the Dr. Boback male.
Some adult photos of this bloodine:
These photos of my adult male is not at all indicative of his normal appearance but I found it interesting and worthy of sharing with you. In this photo he is particularly dark for two reasons. He is fairly deep in a shed cycle plus there is a large rat being digested somwhere inside this small boa. Boa tend to darken when digesting a large meal.