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Orangasm Gene Explanation and History | Red Tail Boa Breeder

Orangasm Gene Explanation and History

The History of the Orangasm gene
In 1997 Frank Martin bred an anery male to a “normal” female.  This pairing produced 17 babies, 5 anery and 2 “rusty” looking snakes (which later became knows as orangasm).  The rusty colored snakes developed a truer orange coloring as they got older. Then, Frank bred 2 of the paler female anery babies to an albino male and produced two clutches of double het snows.  These clutches contained many more rusty (orangasm) colored babies.  In 2003 one of the original female rusty snakes was bred to a hypo het anery and produced more rusty colored snakes. This pattern continued, giving us the orangasm gene.

What are the Traits of the Orangasm gene?

  • Normal Orangasm: looks very similar to a dark pastel. The snake will have a burnt orange body and head combined with lots of black speckling.
  • Orangasm Anery: has a slight rusty or red look throughout the body. Is almost un-noticeable until compared to a non-orangasm anery. They are usually more pale and look slightly crispy.
  • Orangasm Hypo: has very bright reds and orange colors that carry throughout the body and head. This boa has little to no black speckling but instead has many vibrant reds.
  • Orangasm Sunglow: has rich red sides and no black pigment (because of the albino gene). The reds stay vibrant up the head and sometimes onto the face.
  • Orangasm Ghost: has heavy dark blacks and vibrant grays. Light and Dark grays speckling caries throughout the body and head.
  • Orangasm Moonglow: has aery white and soft yellow coloring the dark pastel purple saddles which fade to a translucent pure white as it moves toward the head.

Orangasm Gene Genetics
The orangasm gene is usually passed to about 50% of the babies when crossed with a non-orangasm. At this point it is still unclear if the orangasm gene is a polygene* or monogenic**.  Regardless, it’s an amazing gene that makes some killer looking snakes. For example, when the orangasm gene is present in the moonglow boa it makes the moonglow a more vibrant white (click here to photo of orangasm moonglow vs regular moonglow). When two orangasm boas are bread together the results are usually around 75% orangasm babies and 25% non-orangasm.

*  Polygene – A group of genes that produce a specific phenotype or trait only when expressed together
** Monogenic – Involving or controlled by a single gene

Take a look at a few of the photos below showing some of the orgasms we have produced compared to other non orangasm boas.

Orangasm Sunglow het. Anery

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Orangasm Hypo Jungle

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Orangasm Moonglow

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Orangasm Arabesque Albino

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