Okay so this may be absolutely stupid, but I’m paranoid and thought I’d get some feedback. I’m aware that it’s possible the answer will be that all I can do is wait and see, and if that’s the case I’ll do that!
Long story short, I work with a reptile rescue and rehoming centre, and back in May we had a dwarf burmese python brought to us who had been surrendered to the previous owner’s vet. Space has been a real struggle this year, and he’s a lovely guy, so I offered to take him on as a long term foster.
As far as I’m concerned, it’s more likely that he’s a half-dwarf of some percentage, as he’s albino. He does have some traits that I’ve seen associated with dwarfs (specifically, he’s got more of a rosetted patterning on his sides and the way his eyes are set reminds me much more of an anaconda than any burm I’ve ever met - he’s also extremely switched on, though once he’s out he’s very pleasant, but much more active than I’m used to from burms), but as far as I’m aware, there’s no pure albino dwarf burms - at least not in the UK.
Naturally, due to his circumstances, he doesn’t exactly have any pedigree, so there’s always the lurking paranoia at the back of my mind that he might be an undernourished mainland. He was a bit underweight when he came in, and has been slowly building up weight and muscle tone (I figured slow and steady was better than feeding non-stop, though he certainly would if I let him).
He’s about a tad over 6ft in length (about 6ft snout-vent, with maybe 3-4in of tail), but hasn’t changed in length since May and is about 2.7 kilos. At first I was kind of alarmed by the amount of shedding he was doing, but he did have some weird scale damage (almost like they were keeled) when he came in that seems to be going away.
TL;DR I’m fostering a dwarf burmese python (who I’m aware is likely at least a hybrid), but I’m paranoid that he’s actually an undernourished mainland.
Here are some pictures of him all from back in May/June when he came in and was taken home with me: