Carbon Project

For my first post here, I figured I would give and overview and some history on the Carbon project.

The Carbon gene is something we have been heavily focused on here at Image Reptiles and, as evidenced by this lengthy post, we are incredibly passionate about the project. Like a lot of projects, it originated from an interesting looking imported wild caught animal. To get the full picture we have to start back at the beginning.

Paul Miles owned and operated The Boa Barn for many many years, he was Pete Kahl’s partner on albino boas, he was the first to breed Boelen’s Pythons in captivity, and he was a pioneer in the Ball Python industry. I started working for him in 2006 or so, around that same time he went to the Daytona show and saw a different looking imported animal. He purchased the animal and brought it back to the facility, where I was working. The animal grew to be my favorite individual in his collection, he produced some Fire combos but that was more or less the extent of what he had done with it. When Paul decided to retire from the reptile industry, I purchased a lot of the collection, but I also purchased that entire project which at the time he was calling the “PMG” or Paul Miles Graphite.

At the time that I acquired the then labeled PMG project, the Nanny gene was getting big, so Carson and I were in talks about whether we thought the projects were actually the same gene. However in 2016, I produced a Mojave combo and it became evident that the two genes were in fact different. Since that time I have re-branded the project from PMG to Carbon. Graphite being a derivative of Carbon, I felt it was a nice nod to my mentor Paul and his project. After that 2016 year things have been really busy here at Image Reptiles, especially in regards to the Carbon project. To date we have publicly released the following:

  • Super Carbon Fires or Covalent Fires
  • Carbon Mojave
  • Carbon Fire Mojave
  • Carbon Fire
  • Carbon Lesser
  • Carbon Fire Pinstripe

There are quite a few other Carbon projects that I am really excited for that I am keeping close to the vest for now, and 2019 will be our biggest year yet.

Long story short, the future is looking bright for Carbon’s and I am really excited to continue seeing how it interacts with different combinations and seeing what others are able to do with it when they apply their vision to the project. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!

Original Carbon Female still breeding at Image Reptiles

Super Carbon Fire or Covalent Fire

Carbon Mojave

Carbon Fire Mojave


Love this project Ryan!

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Thank you Lee, it’s been really exciting so far. This season things are going to really heat up.

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Can’t wait to see what comes next!

Good luck with the carbon project! Love seeing the dedication, passion and hard work it takes to see these projects through.

Awesome looking animals! Can’t wait to see what else you have planned for it. Love the side patterns.

Thank you everyone, I know each of you are working on projects I have a close eye on! I can’t wait to see what everyone accomplishes this year.

I think that Super Carbon Fire is just AMAZING!

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I love this gene would love to see a ghi mojave carbon or a black pastel carbon


Working on it! Should see Black Pastel this year.

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@stewart_reptiles thanks, so do I.

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Wow just wow… great looking morph, great story behind it. the original female carbon looks amazing.


We got some Black Pastel Carbons this year. A couple more meals and Ill take some photos for you. As expected, the combination really pulls some incredible oranges out of the animals.

That Carbon Mojave is sweet!

These are awesome. They’re all super nice, but that super carbon fire is just incredible.

@image_reptiles do you think Carbon and Twister could be in the same gene complex?
Another member just brought to my attention how similar the two genes look, and how they react with Mojave. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter, as information on both Carbon and Twister is limited.

Good thought! I think there are quite a few genes within the larger complex, but just like we see with the BEL complex animals there is plenty of variation within. I only know of Twister from a friend in Europe, I would love to acquire one to do some breeding trials and see how the two would react. Is there a super Twister?

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Have you seen the Carbon Clowns and the combos that have been made?! Pretty wild!

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That’s how I came across Twister, I was looking into a different morph to add and that one seemed to be unique until I was informed about Carbon. They look similar to what I can tell and would definitely be interested to see them combined together.
There is a Super Twister, Karsten in Germany I believe was the first to produce one. And from what I can see, nobody in the US works with it.

I have seen the Carbon Clown, that combination is insane! I’d very much like to see more combos with Carbon present, but I’ve found it’s kinda hard gathering information and pictures on the gene. I’m sure mainly due to it’s limited ability and not many are working with it in projects. Your collection is very nice, and I can’t believe some of the results I’ve seen with it mixed in.

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I may need to try and get ahold of one.

I need to update my inventory here to reflect what’s available. I’ve just been so tied up with everything else. The project is so fulfilling and it’s incredible to see people creating awesome combos with my project. I can’t wait to see what else people have planned.