Morelia Trophy Club Hall of Fame:
Gamma3 is a male diamond jungle jaguar from the Gamma
x Antonio pairing of 2008. In May 2010 he was featured as
the Breeder's Choice for Reptiles Magazine. He has now
joined the fine python collection of Brandon Osborne.
Information about neurological deficits noted in jaguar pythons:
Some neurological deficits have been associated with jaguar pythons, a morphological variant of
the coastal carpet python (Morelia spilota mcdowelli sub-species). These deficits can range
from those that are so mild they are essentially non-detectable, to animals that move in a
spinning, back-flipping or corkscrew motion. More subtle effects can include poor
coordination, striking aim, or "righting ability" (keeping their head level when turned over).
The vast majority of jaguar pythons have the milder forms of these deficits, barely noticeable
unless the animal is handled. In the opinion of some breeders, even jaguars that appear totally
normal are a little "less athletic" than most carpet pythons.
These neurological deficits can be present upon hatching, or in some cases, develop years later.
One hypothesis is that the "jaguar gene" is coupled with a vulnerability to neurological problems,
and that these problems do not appear unless the animal undergoes some kind of stress. The
majority of jaguar pythons that develop these effects seem to display them at an early age (less
than a year). In most jaguars, these neurological effects may vary a bit over the lifetime of the
snake, but do not appear to significantly deteriorate over time. They do not appear to effect the
overall health or breeding ability of the jaguar python, nor is their any predictable pattern of
inheritance for progeny that have come from affected sire or dam.