I got my Piebald ball python Waffle about a month ago from a local reptile shop. He’s about 1 to 1.5 years old.
The shop only labeled him as a “Piebald” and nothing else, so I just assumed him to be a normal piebald. But recently I saw pictures of other normal piebalds and saw that they have more complex patterns like alien heads on their bodies when Waffle doesn’t. Instead, he only has these straight stripes.
Could this mean that he has some other morph genes in his genetics? Or can normal piebalds also look like this?
Unfortunately, I don’t know about his parents, but I’m putting any many pics as possible that shows his full body pattern.
Thanks for taking the time to read this!
The downside is if you don’t know anything about the parents, there isn’t as much help that we can give.
Pieds are extremely polymorphic as a base gene. Some of them have a very clean saddle like yours. Some can be very patterned on the saddles.
Hopefully someone else might be able to spot something definitive if it’s there, but I’m just seeing pied.
I see, thanks for the input! I never knew that piebald was extremely polymorphic, so definitely good to know
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Your animal looks like a pretty standard Pied within the very wide range of variability they display
agreed with other posters! awesome looking pied you’ve got there. even if he will be a pet-only for you, if you have friends who breed you could definitely let them use him as a stud service and provide you with a pick of the litter or payment for his services, and bred to a normal female, could see if there are any other genes he carries or if the babies would all be 100% het pied. he’s really pretty!
Like the others stated above it looks like a normal pied. Waffle is gorgeous though, and you can tell he’s already well taken care of and loved!