Coral Albino

First Produced By: Peter Kahl

Aliases: Coral

Issues: Photophobia

First Produced In: 1992

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Last Updated: 2022-04-18

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Coral Albino is a recessive color mutation of the Columbian Boa.

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While the word photophobia literally translates to a "fear of light”. Its not actually that you are scared of light, but instead, are incredibly sensitive to it. Animals with albinism experience photophobia due to the lack of pigment in the iris, which does not allow the eyes to filter out light.


Peter Kahl Reptiles was the first to produce Albino boas in captivity in 1992. We purchased the first original male Albino boa in early 1989 from John Ruiz, Steve Osborne, and Ernie Wagner. In the mid eighties California Zoological imported 3.1 sibling Albino boas that were born in Columbia South America from a wild caught normal Columbian boa constrictor. John Ruiz bought the four boas and took on partners Steve Osborne and Ernie Wagner. After trying to breed these beautiful boas for several years with no success John Ruiz sold one of the males to me in 1989.

About six weeks later Paul Miles and I purchase another male from John. I bred the two males to several normal females in 1990 in the basement of my townhouse. Two females produced a total of thirty-two heterozygous babies in June of 1990. I sold 10.6 of the babies to my good friend Brian Sharp. Paul and I kept the other babies for breeding in the future. Brian Sharp was one of the only people who believed that they were really heterozygous for Albino. I was a new comer in the business and many feared I was pulling a scam. If big guys like Steve, Ernie, and John didn’t get babies then how did I (truth be known it was good luck like most breeding efforts)? At this point in my breeding career I had never even bred a pair of boas until the Albinos.

After another successful breeding of the two Albinos in 1991 Paul and I parted ways. This is when I started crossing the Albino to many color and pattern variations of boa constrictors including Anerythristic, Arabesque, Hypomelanistic, Jungle, Striped, and of course Colombian. For the past ten years we have been selectively breeding the Albino boas to produce the most diverse group of Albino color/pattern variations second to none. Take your time and view our site and you will see some of the most beautiful boas constrictors in the world. This is the animal that made it possible for me to make my life’s passion of breeding boas and pythons a reality.

The Coral Albino boas originated from one of my original hetero bloodlines I produced in 1990 or 1991. When I bred hetero’s from this bloodline I noticed several of the babies were much more colorful and had a lavender coral color to them. I kept them back and as they grew there color intensified to almost a coral/lavender body color all over the animal. [1]

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The Coral Albino trait produces extra amounts of red and orange pigmentation that shows up along the flanks, saddles and in the red tail patterns. At the same time, most Coral Albinos exhibit attractive pink heads and flecks all over the non red areas of the body as well. Like most line bred traits, not all Coral Albinos, even in the same litter, will exhibit the same intensity of the coral trait. [2]

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