Galerie Boa c. imperator Ambergris Caye Belize

Boa c. imperator - Ambergris Caye (Belize)

Distribution areaBelize

Estimated average length of mature Boa c. imperator femalesup to 1,5m (4,9 ft)

Taxonomic status Subspecies recognized by the CITES convention

Crawl Cay
Ambergris Caye
El Salvador
Costa Rica


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Offspring July 2010 available ...   first offspring in Europe ....  further details will be published soon

Just as the neighboring islands Crawl Cay and Cay Caulker, Ambergris Caye is off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean sea. It is the largest of the more than 200 islands and islets in the area of the Belize Barrier Reef, a paradise for scuba divers and snorklers.

The inhabitants mainly make their living from tourism. The largest settlement is the town of San Pedro with about 9.300 inhabitants.

In view of the proximity to Cay Caulker it is hardly surprising that the Ambergris Caye boas show a strong resemblance to their neighbors. The Ambergris Caye Boas are anerytristic by tendency as well. This appearance makes it difficult for predators to discover them in the Mangroves and the sandy environment.

Someone with an experienced "boa eye" can recognize the difference between these two island forms at first sight. For less experienced boa keepers a direct comparison is helpful. Some of the Ambergris Caye Boas show a lot of black speckles. We haven't seen this on Cay Caulker boas so far.

The Ambergris Caye Boas are of the same length as their direct neighbors, the Cay Caulker Boas: both island forms reach at the most 150cm/5ft in length.

It is safe to assume that also the  Ambergris Caye Boas survive on anoles and geckos and that the conditions of reproduction correspond to the ones of the Cay Caulker boas. That means that also the Ambergris Caye boas feed on small migratory birds which use the island as a stop-over during their migration to South America.

Since this migration lasts only a few weeks a reproduction of the boas can only occur if they manage to catch enough food during this small time frame to gain the necessary weight. If not they have to wait another year until the birds return. 

The Ambergris Caye boas offspring adapts to feed on mice and rats in captivity without problems. 

Our adult breeders are F1 offspring is from a legal import. We have been waiting to announce the possession of these boas who were not available in Europe up to now until we have produced the first offspring.

The reason for this was to prevent that the fakes will show up on the market faster than the real ones  - as it is frequently the case with every newly announced Boa constrictor variant ...