Boa constrictor imperator
These boas come from a small island off the coast of Belize. They have a lot in common with the Caulkers Cay Boa. Not only do they both come from their respective cays off the coast of Belize but both are true dwarf boas and capable of breeding at a very small size. Both are very hardy. Both have very unique behavioral adaptations that allow them to survive in less than ideal habitat for boa constrictors. However these two races of boa constrictor as represented in culture are also distinct from one another. The Crawl Cay boas have uniquely shaped heads. They also have a much less blocky dorsal saddle. Those Crawl Cay Boas in culture have shown us much more variation than the Caulkers Cay Boa has shown us. You can see some of this variation in my photos below. There are silver ones and brown ones as well as everything in between. They are usually very speckled boas and become more speckled with age. Aberrancies and striping in both the pattern and tail are rather common. The Crawl Cay boas can sometimes be a bit more nervous compared to the Caulkers Cay Boa as youngsters.
A person interested in these boas should spend some time studying the work of Dr. Boback. There is even an episode of the television show Snake Wranglers devoted to his work with the Belize boa constrictors. There are also interesting scholarly works to be searched up and studied online. Luckily for us his work with these boas required him bringing home a few boas to the US. The Crawl Cay boas in culture got a welcome injection of fresh blood thank to some collaboration between Dr. Boback and Vin Russo. I have two pairs of Crawl Cay Boas. One is a nice silver Rio Bravo pair. The other pair were the result of pairing one of Dr. Boback's males with a female already in culture. I was one of the lucky ones to acquire a pair from this breeding by Vin Russo.
In the future I will add some better pics of the now adult boas that I have simply not made time to take yet. What is so interesting is that even though these boas were almost shockingly different from one another as neonates, they are now more similar to than they are different from each other. The Rio Bravo boas were very grey and silver. The ones from Vin Russo were very brown with a lot of pastel pink colors. With age both types delveloped a lot of black and now are very similar to one another.
A couple photos of the Rio Bravo line as neonates.
A photo of one from the bloodline using the Dr. Boback male as a neonate.