06/01/11

MARRON 100% HET VPI CARAMEL ALBINO POST SHED 06/01/11MARRON 100% HET VPI CARAMEL ALBINO POST SHED 06/01/11

 The Marrons are looking awesome and they have shed! They are quite velvety and have fine detail. That's the great news! The other news is that this morph while I'm sure in certain situations is easily identified, may ultimately be a bit confusing when bred into other morphs.

MARRON 100% HET VPI CARAMEL ALBINO POST SHED 06/01/11: DARK AND LIGHT!MARRON 100% HET VPI CARAMEL ALBINO POST SHED 06/01/11: DARK AND LIGHT!

Here is what I have learned from my very limited experience!

1) Color may be light or dark.

2) Ventrals appear to be a bit different, with larger black spots alternating on the ends of the ventral scales vs a more fine speckling in normals.

3) They could almost be viewed as an incomplete dominant with a "super" form that is very obvious. The variation in the "codom"  may be caused by breeding codom to codom and enhancing the trait in some animals (the dark ones) and not in others (the light ones). We have 4 adults (1.3). The male is very dark (several shades darker) than the females. I suspect that our male was responsible for both the dark and light babies. The questions are: 1) do "light" Marrons" only produce "dark" Marrons when bred to another Marron, as well as "light" Marrons, normals, and Supers? 2) can "light" Marrons only produce "light" Marrons if bred to a normal? 3) Do "dark" Marrons produce both dark and light when bred to another morph as I have gotten?  Clearly this light dark thing is something that needs to be explored further.

Of course this is only my very inexperienced note taking on a first time and limited result!

The originator of the project, and from whom we got our animals is:

Snakeline Reptiles by Jörn Pelkofer

and his story of the project may be found here:

http://www.snakeline.net/HTML/collection_boa_marron.htm