Emerald Tree Boas breeding: I’ve started pairing the Emerald Tree boas (Corallus caninus) for the season; last week I introduced the male to the female’s enclosure at the end of the day, and by mid-evening the pair had started courtship. This is the first time I’ve paired these two animals, so I’m interested in seeing if the emeralds are as aggressive breeders as the Amazons are.
In the past I’ve produced Amazons and they were fairly aggressive breeders. Meaning, males would constantly be pursuing females around the cage
This Calico Amazon Tree Boa (Corallus hortulanus) was produced by a fellow Canadian in 2013. Especially relevant is the calico pattern which I find attractive. Furthermore his primary color is red, peppered white and black scales. In addition, he has a primarily white belly, makes him very attractive.
I also decided to purchase the sire and dame that produced this Calico Amazon Tree Boa. Comparatively, the sire is a red/orange animal with light black peppering throughout his body. The dame however is what’s often called “Garden” phase. Overall, the dame is grayish in color, with dark background pattern, which form geometric patterns.
Finally, in my opinion Amazons are the most under rated tree boas. As a matter of fact, Amazons are very hardy and easy to care for. However, Amazons have a reputation for being aggressive and will readily bite keepers. Therefore many inexperienced people will shy away from them.
Silver-back Bolivian Boas are here! Our pair of Silver-back Bolivian Boas produced a litter back in September 2015. This was the first time producing Bolivians here, and it was really exciting to so this project come to fruition.
Since the early 90’s when Bolivian Boas were all the rage I’ve been wanting to work with these annals. Back then, Bolivians were not very common in Canada, and at the time I had other projects that occupied most of my time.
This pair had been breeding since early December (2014) and the female had me baffled. At first I thought she had ovulated and everything was coming along well. She ovulated, turned dark on me and shed a few weeks later. However, after she shed she regained her lighter background color and was feeding as normal.
In the past most of my gravid Boas (Boa imperator) have continued to feed while gravid, but they will thermoregulate and change in demeanor. However, this female in particular acted as she would throughout the year, and didn’t show the lateral body swelling/thinning of the dorsum as one would expect.
In the end, the birthing took place day 114 after post-shed where she produced 9 viable and 19 infertile. I believe it was the large number of infertile ovum that led to me questioning her gravid state.
Darren Hamill Reptiles has been working with and specializing in captive bred reptile’s animals since the early 90’s. Although I’ve been known in the past for pythons, and monitors, boas are my specialty.
Over the past 20 years I’ve have specialized in B. c. imperator localities and Corallus species. The variation in color of the Central Imperator was such an awesome experience for me. I couldn’t get over the degree of size, color and pattern of the locality boas. Among my favorite boas at the time were nearly solid black type II anerythristic boas. The iridescence of this black boa was far more interesting than anything else on the market at that time. The locality boas were and still are among the most beautiful animals to work with.
The Corallus group, or “Tree Boas” are even more variable, especially in the Corallus subspecies. Amazons for instance are among the most polymorphic of the tree boas, ranging in color form reds and oranges to brown and grey. Amazons (C. hortulanus) can have litters of baby boas that are in complete color contrast to their parents. They can appear uniquely different in color and pattern from their parents, often darkening or lightening in color as they age. How can a hobbyist not fall in love with these unique boas!
Today the collection consists of various forms of boas such as Central American, Nicaraguan (B. c. imperator) including some generic variants and South Brazilian Bolivian Boas (B. c. amarali), often referred to as “Silver-back Bolivian Boas”.