The Lava has a golden dorsal pattern that melts off into rich chestnut colored sides and a cream colored pattern that surges up from the belly. The intricate combination of these patterns gives the Lava a very special look. Patterns of this nature can be the result of a volatile incubation period and obviously do not prove genetic. Historically, attempts have been made to prove the genetics out within similar looking animals but have had negative results. We have three animals of varying ages from different localities – they are remarkably similar looking with the same extreme pattern, so we remain hopeful. There is no denying that they are amazing looking animals, so to hope it could be genetic is enough for us. We have produced normal-looking offspring and hope to prove it as a recessive mutation in 2011/2012. Our fingers are crossed.