04/15/11 THE VPI 66% HET CHALLENGE!
Over the years I would hear various speculation that people could tell "het" boas from "non het" animals. This was mainly in regards to the Kahl Albino strain. Then I started hearing people say this about the Caramel albino boas. In all the years I worked on this project I always went on the concept that if one animal "violated" the het rule-meaning it looked like a "het" and wasn't, or it didn't look like a "het
and it was, that pretty much ended the speculation for me. To this day I have no idea what all these supposed markers are. One time it was mentioned that the underneath of the tail had a certain look-I think it had more white or something, but I can't actually remember the details. I do remember pulling out a pair of poss hets that had that "sign", breeding them, and getting all normal babies. That pretty much ended any speculation on my part.
I have bred two really "pretty" boas together and gotten all normal babies. I have bred one female to a male and gotten all normals and then bred that same female to a second male and proven her to be a het the second time around. Fortunately I did keep the first babies since they were 50% hets!
If you breed a known het to a 66% poss het and just get 5 normal babies and slugs do you learn anything? No, not really. I would say give that female a second chance. What's the most albinos you could get breeding het x het? All! Or you could get none! Contrary to what some people think: hets DO NOT OWE YOU! But, they have a track record that is grounded in results over time.
I am always so amazed at the odds and how consistent they are. The fantastic thing is the more you do, the more you see. I go on the theory one is more than none. Two is double one, and anything over that is pretty awesome! If you have ever waited 3-5 years to make a homozygous recessive from a pair of hets you know the feeling of how "all or nothing" it seems!
What are the odds that an entire litter would have a funny little head pattern you had never noticed before?!
I don't think I have seen this little head pattern dash thing before, but now I will go back and check through the generations and see what I find!
These little variations are really fun to pick up on. This is something where I will now try and breed like animals and see where it leads. There are a number of pattern variations that have come out of the Caramel albino project. These include a chain like dorsal pattern, a reverse tail stripe, thick solid blotches, and the strong widow's peak pattern. Stay tuned!