Jungle het Leopard
Method of Inheritance: Co-dominant & Simple Recessive
Appearence: Clean background, high contrast colour, often with pattern aberrancies.
These stunning Boas are produced by combining the Leopard gene with the Jungle Boa gene.
The Jungle Boa morph was originally developed and produced in Sweden by Lars Brandle. He had purchased a very large boa with a zigzag pattern down it's back from a Zoo in Sweden. He bred this animal to a normal boa and produced some jungles and normal looking boas from the first breeding. He then bred one of the jungle males back to its mother and produced some super Jungles and jungles.
Jungles can exhibit an extremely variable degree of stunning pattern aberrancies which become even more defined in Super Jungles.
There is a common misconception that all jungles have an aberrant pattern but this is not the case, in fact there many first class jungles that have 'normal' patterns. There are several characteristics that a jungle Boa may or may not show, these include the following ...
Crisp/high contrast colour & pattern
Vibrant colouration, especially to tail
Bold markings in front of eye
'Eyebrow' shaped markings above the eye
Holes in head spear marking
Broken head spearmarking
Holes in saddles
Rounded edges to saddles
Missing saddle points
Black outline to saddles
Creamy/golden dorsal colour
Very clean dorsal/back
Speckles on sides often forming a line
Red blushing to sides of body
Pinky coloured eyes
Pink patches on tongue
A high expression jungle will not always have a highly aberrant pattern but it would show most of the above characteristics.
Leopards are central american dwarf Boas which were originaly imported from the Sonoran desert region of Mexico into Germany in the 1980's.
Although generaly a very dark Boa, Leopards often exhibit a strong pink/orange colouration, which is more obvious in designer morphs such as hypo or albino Leopards where the black is reduced/absent.
As with other Sonoran Boas, Leopards are also a very small Boa with females maturing at only about 5ft.
Our Jungle het Leopard Boa is a great example of how two separate morphs can be combined to enhance the overall appearance, producing a ‘designer morph’.