Ended up going out to a local reptile shop to look at the snakes, I’m a sucker for reduced dorsal pattern snakes and asked to look at her a bit closer out of interest since I enjoy counting scale width of markings and taking notes on color and pattern shapes (of course if it’s ok with the seller to be holding and/or closely observing their snakes) ended up getting myself into an ordeal where she was on the counter and I was paying for her before I had even said yes. Pandora I think is a rather fitting name given I opened Pandora’s box upon asking to view her. At least I can say she’s a gorgeous proven het pied het albino (whose babies were also for sale) and she was only 100 bucks so not too bad, besides the fact I’m most likely going to put off breeding anything until later and she takes up the last snake slot I had open before I set up a new snake operation. Ultimately on me for not having the guts to say “no” or simply asking to slow down, I didn’t say anything about buying, but I’m also a bit upset about the situation I was thrown into. My fault in the end and I still ended up with a beautiful snake but definitely not what I was originally planning on using my last available slot for a snake on, nor did I plan to buy a snake today
I’ll offer a couple low res pics just because she’s a cutie. Mainly posting since I just wanted to remind everybody else that saying no is a good skill to have especially when dealing with live animals, and that you’re generally in the right to ask a seller to slow down when you’re looking at something for fun or whenever you’re seriously interested since all might be well, sort of, like my case, but sometimes it’s not ok and it’s not ok to be in a position where it wasn’t something you had taken time to plan out and figure out yourself
I also wanted to ask some questions about coloration on this gal and wanted to share some observations on her behavior!
When I first got her out upon getting home I noticed how she was acting like an paranoid insomniac of a snake, eyes darting around, head moving from locking onto one thing after the other, insanely afraid of human touch or so much as seeing people, but warmed up so so so fast after chillaxing with her and standing outside holding her for a bit. I noticed she defensively struck at the shop keeper twice but she hasn’t acted defensive towards me hardly at all, mainly towards other people, especially my ride. I was wondering if it was possible that in a sense this snake was “traumatized” (it’s a snake I get it, but by that I mean starved of healthy human interaction, and by healthy human interaction I mean being given proper exercise and care, and overall being desensitized to humans being near her. I’ve had snakes and so have snakes that are just nasty, it’s their personality, but this one seemed genuinely fearful at first and seems like she wants to be curious and act just as friendly as my big spider ball python or most pet ball pythons but she seems way too fearful and scared to do so, she was acting like this even at the store and it was definitely not busy along with the fact the snake was bred by the store owner and raised by him, meaning she had grown accustomed to that situation her entire life making me think she was mistreated in some way or another that made her at least somewhat afraid of people) I ultimately have no idea but she’s by far one of the most peculiar acting snakes I’ve gotten next to my disabled ball python who passed away awhile ago.
Onto coloration questions. Currently I don’t have any pics since my day consisted of waking up, sitting in garage until 5:30, go to reptile shop, have a snake sold to me, drop off snake at home in enclosure, go out to do errands and eat which it was dark by the time I had gotten home and didn’t want to spook her worse. Anyways I’ll get pictures tomorrow (or really later today) but I wanted to know if anybody has seen a green spotted ball python??? As far as I know she’s only DH pied and albino but she has a green tinge to her, especially around her face with a very blushed out head and a blushed out back with green spots and freckles on her side. For the tinting it’s the usual more-■■■■-yellow-than-green-at-all that’s marketed as green but the green freckles, are, well, very green. Olive green. I’ve never seen this on a snake before meaning for now she just goes into the pile my other random pickups include that are my “whoopsies your coloration is weird but I’ll just call it special because the conditions I got you under were to a degree special anyways so I should expect a weird snake” any advice would be much appreciated
Below is a quick doodle of what colors best match her markings and tinting as far as I can tell (tinting left markings right) obviously he actual colors on her are bit more diluted and organic looking, although I have no idea how to work a color wheel very well so apologies, but here’s the basic gist