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BREEDING STOCK

In the Snakes Alive Breeding Collection of Ball Pythons (Python regius) we have numerous normal females that we haven't photographed for the website that we pair up with our dominant and co-dominant gene males in the breeding season. We also have recessive gene males and females that we breed.

For the benefit of those new to breeding or keeping Ball Pythons, here is a link to some very basic information on genetics.

Below are some pics of the different morphs of Ball Pythons we have in our collection.

 
Albino (M)

Albinism in Ball Pythons is the lack of all melanin or pigment colour, leaving the animal white where dark pigmentation was and in the process highlighting the bright yellow pigmentation. Albinos also have pink eyes due to the lack of dark pigment in their eyes. The Albino morph is a recessive gene morph. This means that in order to produce an Albino, both male and female need to carry the Albino gene. If both male and female are Heterozygous or het. for Albino they will produce roughly 25% Albino babies. If you want to produce 100% Albinos then both male and female need to be Albino. If one parent is an Albino and you want to produce Albino babies then the other parent either needs to be an Albino as well OR it must at least carry the Albino gene.

     
 
Albino (F)

The albino gene is a recessive gene, meaning that both parents need to carry the gene for it to be expressed. Albino simply means lack of black pigment.

     

 

Axanthic (M)

Axanthic Ball Pythons lack red or yellow pigment or both. The Axanthic morph is a recessive gene morph. This means that in order to produce an Axanthic, both male and female need to carry the Axanthic gene. If both male and female are Heterozygous or het. for Axanthic they will produce roughly 25% Axanthic babies. If you want to produce 100% Axanthics then both male and female need to be Axanthic. If one parent is an Axanthic then the other parent either needs to be an Axanthic as well OR it must at least carry the Axanthic gene. Thanks to selective breeding, there are a few lines of Axanthics on the market. Not all Axanthic lines are compatible with each other. Snakes Alive has the VPI line of Axanthic in our collection.

     

 

Axanthic Bumble Bee (Zebra Bee) (M)

This is an incredible snake! In terms of genes, it has Bumble Bee (combination of Spider (dominant gene) and Pastel (co-dominant gene) and Axanthic (recessive gene). If you are starting from scratch, it can take a while before you produce one of these beauties. This baby was produced from a pairing of Pastel Het Axanthic to Spider Het Axanthic. There was a 1/16 chance of getting this gene combo, and we did it! It is a very pretty black and white snake.

     

 

Blue Eyed Leucistic (Blue Eyed Lucy) (M)

There are a number of ways to produce this snake. This was produced from a pairing of a Butter (co-dominant) male to Mojave (co-dominant) female. It can also be achieved by pairing Butter x Butter (but isn't recommended), Lesser x Lesser, Lesser x Butter, Lesser x Mojave etc. This is a beautiful snake to have in your collection. Just make sure from the breeder what the exact pairing was, so you know for future breedings.

     
 
Bumble Bee (M)

The Bumble Bee is a beautiful morph. It has a very interesting dark pattern (reduced spider web pattern) with bright yellow and white colouration. They also have beautiful green eyes. The Bumble Bee is the product of pairing a morph of Ball Python called Spider (which is a dominant gene morph) and a morph called Pastel (which is a co-dominant gene morph). This means that if you mate a Bumble Bee to a normal you should get Bumble Bee, Pastel, Spider and Normal babies in one clutch.

     
 
Butter (M)

The Butter is a beautiful morph that has caramel-brown markings on a yellowish, "milky" brown background colouration. The Butter is a co-dominant gene morph meaning that if you mate a Butter with a Normal, roughly 50% of the babies will be Butters and 50% will be normals. HOWEVER, if you mate a Butter with a Butter, your will produce the super form, which is called a Blue Eyed Lucy which is a stunning white snake that might have patches of light yellow pigmentation with Blue eyes!!!

     
 
Butter Het Albino (M)

The Butter gene is a co-dominant gene, meaning that a super form of the gene exists. Super Butters are all white with blue eyes (Blue Eyed Leucistic. Super Butters however do sometimes get "bug eyes", which are enlarged eyes. If you want to produce a Blue Eyed Leucistic, it is recommended that you don't mate Butter to Butter, rather Mojave to Butter. Butter Het Albino simply means that the Butter is carrying the Albino gene, which is a recessive gene. Mated to a Normal Het Albino, or to an Albino, we should get Albino Butters...watch this space!

     
 
Calico (M)

The Calico gene is a dominant gene. When mated to a normal, half the babies should be Calico and half should be normal. The amount of white speckling on the side of the snake can vary from a little to a lot. There is some speculation that the Calico gene and the Suger gene are one and the same.

     
 
Champagne (M)

The Champagne gene is a co-dominant gene, meaning if mated to a normal, roughly half of the babies should be Champagnes and half should be normal. There is a super form of the Champagne gene BUT it is fatal. Meaning, if you mate a Champagne to a Champagne, you will get a Super Champagne BUT the babies usually die.

     
 
Enchi (M)

The Enchi gene is a co-dominant gene, meaning that a super form of the gene exists (Super Enchi) when you mate Enchi to Enchi. Visually as a stand alone snake, it isn't that visually appealing, HOWEVER when combined with different morphs, the gene does some amazing things. Everything looks a bit better with the Enchi gene in it...

     
 
Fire (F)

The Fire trait is expressed in an overall lightness, a brighter pale yellow, light brown colouration on the head, intense blushing and an interesting head pattern. The fire gene is a co-dominant gene, meaning that there is a super form of it. If you breed a fire to a fire, 25% of the babies will be Super Fires aka Black Eyed Leucistics, which are solid white snakes with Black Eyes! Fires are a must for every collection. The Fire gene, is a clean up gene, stripping dark pigment, that sometimes covers the brighter yellows underneath, away. It also is important to keep the intense black colouration in axanthics. Everything looks better with a bit of fire in it.

     
 

Ivory (F)

The Ivory morph is a very pretty Ball Python. It is a solid white snake with black eyes that has a thin solid yellow line down the centre of the back of the snake. The head might have varying degrees of purple colouration. The Ivory is the super form of a normal looking morph called a Yellow Belly. When you mate two Yellow Bellies, roughly 25% of the babies will be Ivory.

     
 
Lemon Blast (M)

The Lemon Blast is a stunning Ball Python that has a reduced black pattern on a yellow background colour. The Lemon Blast morph is the product of pairing a morph of Ball Python called Pinstripe (which is a dominant gene morph) and a morph called Pastel (which is a co-dominant gene morph). This means that if you mate a Lemon Blast to a normal, you should get Lemon Blasts, Pinstripes, Pastels and Normals in one clutch.

     
 

Lemon Pastel (M)

The Lemon Pastel morph is a line-bred Pastel Ball Python that has an intense yellow background colouration with lots of blushing in the dark pattern and in the flames up the side of the snake. Pastels also have blushing on the head and have green eyes. The Pastel Ball Python is a co-dominant gene morph meaning that if you mate a Pastel with a Normal, roughly 50% of the babies will be Pastels and 50% will be Normals. It also means that if you mate a Pastel with a Pastel, roughly 25% of the babies will be the super form of the morph called Super Pastel.

     
 
Mojave 01 (F)

The Mojave morph has various shades of yellows and browns with creamy highlights and flames. This particular Mojave female has high amounts of yellows, light browns and brick reds as part of its overall colouration. Mojaves have a distinctive pattern easily recognized by circular patterns along the sides of the snake, usually with one dot inside them, separated by large amounts of flaming. They also have a complete white belly. The Mojave is a co-dominant gene morph meaning that when a Mojave is bred to a normal, it will produce roughly 50% Mojaves and 50% Normals. It also means that if a Mojave is bred to a Mojave, roughly 25% will be the super form of Mojave, which is called a Blue Eyed Lucy.

     
 
Mojave 02 (F)

The Mojave morph has various shades of yellows and browns with creamy highlights and flames. This particular Mojave female has high amounts of dark chocolate browns and light browns as part of its overall colouration. Mojaves have a distinctive pattern easily recognized by circular patterns along the sides of the snake, usually with one dot inside them, separated by large amounts of flaming. They also have a complete white belly. The Mojave is a co-dominant gene morph meaning that when a Mojave is bred to a normal, it will produce roughly 50% Mojaves and 50% Normals. It also means that if a Mojave is bred to a Mojave, roughly 25% will be the super form of Mojave, which is called a Blue Eyed Lucy.

     
 
Mojave (M)

The Mojave morph has various shades of yellows and browns with creamy highlights and flames. This particular Mojave male has high amounts of dark chocolate browns and light browns as part of its overall colouration. Mojaves have a distinctive pattern easily recognized by circular patterns along the sides of the snake, usually with one dot inside them, separated by large amounts of flaming. They also have a complete white belly. The Mojave is a co-dominant gene morph meaning that when a Mojave is bred to a normal, it will produce roughly 50% Mojaves and 50% Normals. It also means that if a Mojave is bred to a Mojave, roughly 25% will be the super form of Mojave, which is called a Blue Eyed Lucy.

     
 
Super Mojave (M)

This beautiful snake is produced by pairing a Mojave to Mojave. White with shades of pink on the body, with purple on the head. The picture speaks for itself.

     
 
Normal Dinker (F)

"Dinker" simply refers to a a particular trait or traits that can been seen on the snake that may or may not be genetic. These traits still need to be proven through selective breeding. A Normal Ball Python is one that pretty much resembles a wild caught Ball Python. Through selective breeding even the Normal Ball Python has been improved on to increase amounts of yellows etc in captive bred specimens. A Normal Ball Python has varying degrees of yellows and browns. They also have varying degrees of dark brown, black patterning on the body. The Belly may have black speckling or be clear. They may also have varying amounts of flaming up the sides of the snake between the pattern. We have many Normal "Dinker" females we are working with.

     
 
Pastel (F)

The Pastel Ball Python has varying degrees of yellows and browns as background colouration with lots of blushing in the dark pattern and in the flames up the side of the snake. Pastels also have blushing on the head and have green eyes. The Pastel Ball Python is a co-dominant gene morph meaning that if you mate a Pastel with a Normal, roughly 50% of the babies will be Pastels and 50% will be Normals. It also means that if you mate a Pastel with a Pastel, roughly 25% of the babies will be the super form of the morph called Super Pastel.

     
 
Pastel Het Axanthic (M)

This simply means that this snake is a Pastel that carries the Axanthic gene.

     
 
Pewter Fader (M)

This snake has 3 co-dominant genes: cinnamon (co-dominant) ; pastel (co-dominant) and fader (co-dominant). This 3 gene animal is not the most visually appealing snake BUT when paired with other morphs, you can produce some really interesting combos. Let the fun begin...

     
 

Pied (M)

The Pied or Piebald morph is one of the most visually attractive morphs with patches of white, the amount of which varies from snake to snake, contrasted against browns, yellows and orange coloured patterning. It literally looks like part of the snake has been bleached white! Pieds also present with white bellies and an aberrant pattern on the body. The Pied is a Recessive gene morph, simply meaning that if you mate a Pied with a Normal, 100% of the babies will be normal but carry the Pied gene, meaning they are Normals Heterozygous or het. for Pied. If you mate two het Pieds together, roughly 25% of the babies will be Pied, 25% will be Normal and 50% will be Normal het Pied. The only way to produce 100% pied babies, is to pair a Pied with a Pied. The amount of white in Pieds is referred to as "High White" and "Low White". High White Pied parents will not necessarily produce High White Pied offspring. Low White Pied parents can produce High White Pied offspring.

     
 
Normal Het Pied (F)

This simply means that this snake is the Normal (wild) form of Ball Python but carries the Pied gene.

     
 

Spider (F)

The Spider morph is a pretty morph that has black "spider web" like patterning on the body outlined by yellows with a brown base colouration. The Spider morph also has white speckling in varying degrees along the sides of the snake. They also happen to have beautiful green eyes. The Spider is a dominant gene morph, meaning that if you mate a Spider with a Normal, roughly 50% of the babies will be Spiders and 50% will be Normals.

     
 

Spider Fire Het Axanthic (M)

A Spider Fire or Fire Spider has two genes; firstly Spider, which is dominant and secondly, Fire, which is co-dominant. The fire gene does some amazing things when combined with other genes (as you can see what it has done when combined with the Spider gene). Besides it having a super form (Super Fire / Black Eyed Leucistic), it cleans up pattern, it gets rid of dark pigment and makes the black in axanthics stay black and not brown out. It is a very good gene to have in your collection. The fact that this snake is a Spider Fire Het Axanthic means that over and above having the Spider gene and the Fire gene, it also carries the Axanthic gene, which is a recessive gene. When mated to a normal Het Axanthic or an Axanthic, some of the babies should be Axanthic Spider Fires or Axanthic Fire Spiders....watch this space!

     
 

Spied (M)

A Spied is simply a Pied Spider or Spider Pied. It is a combination of the Spider gene (dominant) and the Pied gene (Recessive). With spieds, the entire body and sometimes even most of the head are white, leaving colouration just on the head or parts of the head. It is visually a very pretty snake. You would not go wrong having this gene combo in your collection!

     
 
Yellow Belly (M)

The Yellow Belly morph looks pretty much how a Normal Ball Python would look in terms of pattern and general colouration. Some traits of a Yellow Belly that have been identified are white belly with flames and a "speckled" pattern all the way up the sides of the belly. Flames extend onto belly and the belly may or may not have some yellow colouration. The Yellow Belly morph is a co-dominant gene morph meaning that if you mate a Yellow Belly to a Normal, roughly 50% of the babies will be Yellow Bellies and roughly 50% of the babies will be Normal. It also means that if you mate a Yellow Belly with a Yellow Belly, roughly 25% of the babies will be the super form of the Yellow Belly, which is called an Ivory.