Morph Encyclopedia (In Progress)

Thank you so much :blush: I knew you have kept Spiders for a while and I was actually going to message you for some close-up pictures and help when I get to Spiders :grin:. Thank you again Sam :blush:

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Appreciate this great work @eaglereptiles. In fact, inspired by your work and question, I propose one possible way of proceeding with the “next 5”:

This is almost the exact course you’ve started on anyway – since you picked rank 0 (wild type should actually be here), 1, 2, 3 and 14 (albino).

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Thank you again @john I could change the order of them at a moments notice if it would make it easier to work with.

I think it might be a good idea to follow the order of your list as then the morphs being worked with most will be completed quicker.

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0. Normal

Morph Encyclopedia: #0000

Thomas Eagle - Eagle Reptiles

NORMAL
“Wild Type”

Image fromMaxine Gravino at My Herp Shed

Base Morph

INTRODUCTION:

The ball python (Python regius), also called royal python, is a python species native to West and Central Africa. It has the potential to reach a maximum adult length of 182 cm (6.0 ft). Pythons are a family of nonvenomous snakes found in Africa, Asia, and Australia that rather than inject venom or attacking prey with barrage of strikes, they are Constrictors and will use their muscles to over power and kill.

VISUAL DESCRIPTION:

Head: Black or dark brown with stripes on both sides, usually just behind the nostrils. Usually has a lighter brown patch on the crown and have dark eyes that often carry the same pattern as their bodies, with stripes or lines running through them. When going into shed, their eyes will change color, appearing a hazy blue or gray.

Image from Meerkatlyndz

Body: The Normal Ball Python has black or dark brown ‘puzzle-like’ pattern with light brown or tan blotches (alien heads) on the back and sides. The spine usually has beads or stripes of pattern, moreso towards the bottom end.

Image from Chris McDougle at Snakenstein Reptiles, LLC

Belly: Its white or cream belly is scattered with black markings and stripes, the belly (ventral) scales are larger than anywhere else on the snake.

Image from bluefeathurs

Tail: Patterns normally come to an end with a single stripe but it is not unusual for there to be a beaded/chain look. On the underside you will find the animals cloaca, this is where reproductive activity occurs.

Image from bluefeathurs

Other:

Known Issues: Wild-caught specimens have greater difficulty adapting to a captive environment, which can result in refusal to feed, and they generally carry internal or external parasites.

Useful links:

Buy a Normal Ball Python

Help Identifying your Normal

Wikipedia

Let’s give love to the Normals

Other images of Normals:

Image from bluefeathurs

Image from Rod Foster at UK Pythons & Boas

1. Pastel

Morph Encyclopedia: #0001

Thomas Eagle - Eagle Reptiles

PASTEL

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Base Morph Incomplete Dominant (co-dom)

INTRODUCTION:

VISUAL DESCRIPTION

Head: Pastel Ball Pythons usually have faded/pale yellow heads at birth that darken with age, though some can keep the faded look. They are easily told apart from a Normal by the faded yellow crown, white lips and green eyes, though keep in mind that on rare occasions a Normal can also have green eyes.

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Body: Pastel Ball Pythons bodies can be told apart from Normals by the bright yellow scales within the “alien heads” and blushing within the black markers.

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Belly: Pastel Ball Pythons have very clean undersides compared to the track-marks and spotting of a Normal Ball Python. Along either side of the belly, bright yellow ‘flames’ stretch up through the black markers into the body pattern.

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Tail: The Pastels tail is much like a Normal Ball Python but follows the Pastels colouration.

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Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Other:

  • Blushing: Pastels show ‘blushing’ throughout their entire body, usually in-between the “alien head” outlines. When combined with other morphs, these patches of blushing can cause huge contrast in body markings.

Super Form:

(Pastel X Pastel)

The homozygous or “Super” Pastel, usually retains its yellow coloration later into life, has a more reduced “alien head” pattern, a noticeable faded head and extensive blushing throughout that often looks to have a blue/purple hue.

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Image from GLD Reptiles

Image from Snake Savey

Known Issues: N/A

Useful links:

Compare to a Normal Ball Python

Buy a Pastel Ball Python

Help Identifying your Pastel

Let’s See Them Pastels

In Comparison to a Normal/Wild Type: (Left) Normal (Right) Pastel.

Image from T_H_Wyman at Asplundii Genetics

Other images of Pastels:

Image from MI Reptiles

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Image from PJC Ball Pythons

Multiple Gene Pastels:

Super Pastel Lesser Clown

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Pastel Black Pastel

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Pastel Enchi

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

2. Piebald

Morph Encyclopedia: #0002

Thomas Eagle - Eagle Reptiles

PIEBALD
“PIED”

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Base Morph Recessive

INTRODUCTION:

The word piebald originates from a combination of “pie,” from magpie, and “bald”, meaning white patch or spot. The reference is to the distinctive black-and-white plumage of the magpie.

Snakes, especially ball pythons, may also exhibit varying patches of completely pigmentless scales along with patches of pigmented scales.

VISUAL DESCRIPTION

Head: Resembles the head of a Normal ball python, usually black or dark brown with stripes on both sides, normally just behind the nostrils. The pattern tends to start in a ‘Y’ shape at the top of the neck. Most piebald ball pythons have patterned heads, though some can be mostly white with just a slight smudge.

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Body: The body of the Piebald ball python is one of the most recognisable in the reptile hobby. The sharp contrast between an unrecognisable pattern and bright white scales make “pied” still one of the most powerful genes in many breeders collections. Where ‘alien heads’ would be on a normal ball python, blotches and stripes show down the body of the Piebald. The amount of pattern is completely random and can range from completely absent (high white) to covering the snakes whole body (low white).

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Belly: The bright white belly of Piebalds are usually free from markings, leaving a smooth glossy row of ventral scales, though some may show spots or smudges.

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Tail: Piebalds tails can vary from being completely white or full of pattern. Piebalds tend to show most of the pattern higher up the body, with it decreasing towards the tail and it is only in rare cases have they been documented to have a completely or near patternless upper body.

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Other:

  • Ringers - Ball Pythons sometimes show visual ‘paradoxes’ such as unusually placed markings or blotches of discolored scales. Piebald Ball Pythons seem to have offspring that show this trait more frequently than other morphs in what is referred to as a ‘ringer’, where a ring or patch of scales is different to what it should be, considering our current understanding of their biology.

Image from Holly Jenkins

  • Spots - On rare instances, some Piebalds can have ‘paradox’ spots, which can be from individual scales to clusters.

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Known Issues: all Piebald Blue Eyed Leucistics have Microphthalmia. (developmental disorder of the eye in which one or both eyes are abnormally small and have anatomic malformations.)

Useful links:

Compare to a Normal Ball Python

Buy a Piebald Ball Python

Help Identifying your Piebald

Wikipedia - Piebald

Show us your Pied stuff!

Piebald rules!

Other images of Piebalds:

Image from unkn0vvn1221

Image from Brandon Osborne at Osborne Reptiles

Image from Duvvers

Multiple Gene Piebalds:

Pinstripe Piebald

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Banana Piebald

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Black Pastel Piebald

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Albino Piebald

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

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3. Clown

Morph Encyclopedia: #0003

Thomas Eagle - Eagle Reptiles

CLOWN

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Base Morph Recessive

INTRODUCTION:

The first wild-caught Clown Ball Python had small dark tear markings beneath the eye that reminded Vida Preciosa International Inc, the original producer of the Clown, of tear drops often displayed by clowns, giving it the name.

VISUAL DESCRIPTION

Head: Compared to the clean dark head of a Normal Ball Python, the Clown is bright and busy, with markings showing above the lips, beneath the eyes and the crown of the head.

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Body: The Clown Ball Python has a hugely reduced pattern with a thick dark brown dorsal stripe and only slight banding from the “alien heads” of a Normal. Patterns are crisp and clean, with less spots and smudges showing.

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Belly: The belly of the Clown Ball Python is usually a clean with a yellow undertone running down the central scales and the outer edges showing faded spotting.

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Tail: The tail of the Clown Ball Python is usually dominated by the thick dark dorsal stripe.

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Image from Shane Kinney at Shane Kinney Reptiles

Other:

  • Tear drops: Clowns usually show teardrop banding down their body, which can range in thickness and length.

Known Issues: N/A

Useful links:

Compare to a Normal Ball Python

Buy a Clown Ball Python

Help Identifying your Clown

Clown and clown combo thread!

Show me your adult clown bps

Post shed Clown clutch

Other images of Clown:

Image from unkn0vvn1221

Image from jones810975

Multiple Gene Clowns:

Pinstripe Clown

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Banana Clown

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

4. Yellowbelly

Morph Encyclopedia: #0004

Thomas Eagle - Eagle Reptiles

Yellowbelly

|802.5563926247562x451Image from Ridgeway Exotics

Base Morph Incomplete Dominant (co-dom)

INTRODUCTION:

The typical variations of a Yellowbelly from a Normal Ball Python are its rich coloration,head marking, belly flames, and a checkered pattern along the edges of the belly. Each of these characteristics may vary from one animal to the next.

VISUAL DESCRIPTION

Head: The head of a Yellowbelly Ball Python is usually topped with a light tanned-brown crown, with a headstamp of light scales toward the back of the crown.

Image from 248Reptiles.eu

Body: The body of a Yellowbelly Ball Python tends to have rich colouration, making the black ‘puzzle-like’ markings of a Normal Ball Python appear almost tanned. Strong “flames” can be seen between the ‘alien heads’ coming up from the belly.

|602x520.6326410821346Image from Rod Foster at UK Pythons & Boas

Belly: The Yellowbelly Ball Python usually displays a clean belly of patternless scales with checkered/motley edging, though spotting can occasionally happen. The ‘flames’ that travel up the animals sides can be seen between markings. Despite its name, a Ball Python carrying the Yellowbelly gene does not necessarily have a yellow belly.

Image from (in association with WT&F Exotics )Nathan_e

Tail: The tail of the Yellowbelly Ball Python is similar to that of the Normal Ball Python but filling the colouration of the Yellowbelly morph, usually coming to a end with a thick stripe or beading.

Image from (in association with WT&F Exotics ) Nathan_e

Other:

  • Super: Ivory (Yellowbelly X Yellowbelly)

Image from Robert Nash at Royal Blue Reptiles

Known Issues: N/A

Useful links:

Compare to a Normal Ball Python

Buy a Yellowbelly Ball Python

Help Identifying your Yellowbelly

Ambush Orange Dream Yellowbelly

Other images of Yellowbellys :

Image from (in association with WT&F Exotics ) Nathan_e

Image from (in association with WT&F Exotics ) Nathan_e

Multiple Gene Yellowbellys :

Fire Yellowbelly Ultramel

Image from James (JT) Tomlinson at On the Ball Pythons

Highway (Yellowbelly Gravel) Pastel Clown

|602x451.0619689698552Image from Marc Bailey Reptiles

5. Enchi

Morph Encyclopedia: #0005

Thomas Eagle - Eagle Reptiles

Enchi

|602x451.0619689698552Image from Darren Biggs at Crystal Palace Reptiles

Base Morph Incomplete Dominance (Co-dom)

INTRODUCTION:

The Enchi Ball Python is a colour and pattern altering morph which subtly increases the orange colouration and bright side patterns. The Enchi Ball Python will exhibit large changes in colour with age, with oranges and yellows becoming more vibrant. The name comes from the region in Africa where they were first discovered.

VISUAL DESCRIPTION

Head: The Enchi Ball Pythons head closely resembles the head of a Normal Ball Python but with a heavily blushed crown and brighter yellows through the eye stripes.

|811.6033919597988x451Image from A Tinge Of Ginge

Body: The Enchis have golden-yellow sides, the dark pigmentation is chocolate-like and their faded “alien heads” pattern exhibit a copper/bronze colouration. The Enchi also has a greatly reduced pattern, with “alien heads” becoming flat and featureless.

Image from Rod Foster at UK Pythons & Boas

Belly:

Tail: The tail of the Enchi Ball Python usually ends with a thick stripe or beading of pattern like a Normal Ball Python, but with the golden colouration of the Enchi. |721.425237297599x451Image from Rod Foster at UK Pythons & Boas

Other:

  • Super: The homozygous or “Super” Enchi is an extreme version of the Enchi, with a further reduction in pattern and a brighter and more intense colouration.

|823.8867950865437x451Image from New England Reptile Distributors

Known Issues: N/A

Useful links:

Compare to a Normal Ball Python

Buy a Enchi Ball Python

Help Identifying your Enchi

Some exceptional Enchi Clowns

OD Enchi Clown

Other images of Enchis :

|675.7218673598082x451Image from Baud’s Exotic Reptiles

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Image from Baud’s Exotic Reptiles

Multiple Gene Enchis :

Banana Enchi

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Pastel Enchi

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

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6. Banana

Morph Encyclopedia: #0006

Thomas Eagle - Eagle Reptiles

Banana
“Coral Glow”

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Base Morph Incomplete Dominance (Co-dom)

INTRODUCTION:

The Banana Ball Python is not only one of the most well known morphs in the reptile hobby, it is one that has intrigued breeders for many years with its complex breeding ratios regarding offsprings sex.

VISUAL DESCRIPTION

Head: The head of a Banana Ball Python is usually lightly tanned orange crowned by faded colouration and a slight headstamp, if any. Unsymmetrical spotting is a good marker from a Banana clutch.

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Body: The body of the Banana Ball Python continues to show spotting completely randomly over the yellows, oranges and deep-lilacs of the Banana colouration. “Alien heads” are still displayed as with a Normal Ball Python with bright blushing between.

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Belly: The Belly of the Banana Ball Python is usually heavily patterned along its edges and a crisp, faded yellow down its center. Spotting can also be thick or absent along its belly.

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Tail: The tail of the Banana Ball Python follows the Bananas colouration along the usual thick dorsal stripe of the Normals pattern.

|727.7535288528411x451Image from MysticalMorphs

Other:

  • Spots: Banana Ball Pythons exhibit random spotting, which can range from patches of individual scales to whole clusters of black pigmentation. Spotting tends to stick to the dark “puzzle” pattern between “alien heads” though a few display them throughout the entire body.

Super: The homozygous or “Super” Banana, usually retains its yellow coloration later into life, has a brighter “alien head” pattern, a noticeable faded head and fainter lilacs.

Known Issues:

Gene resides on a sex chromosome - The gene has not been definitively located, however based on Warren Booth’s work and the heritability pattern, it does appear that the gene is primarily located on the X chromosome (except when it “jumps” to the Y chromosome).

In practice this leads to the following outcome when breeding Banana Ball Pythons:

  • Females produce an equal sex ratio.

  • Male Bananas produced by a female Banana are Female Makers.

  • Male Bananas produced by a male banana are Male Makers.

  • If you have a Male Maker all bananas and combos will be males while the rest of the clutch (non banana offspring) will be females

  • If you have a Female Maker all bananas and combos will be females while the rest of the clutch (non banana offsprings) will be males.

However, without further proof breeding, a Banana Ball Python can not be confirmed “female/male maker” as there are exceptions where you may produce a male from a female maker or a female from a male maker. Data made public averages this to occur around 3% of the time.

Useful links:

Compare to a Normal Ball Python

Buy a Banana Ball Python

Help Identifying your Banana

Who doesn’t love the Banana gang?!

How to tell if your Blue Eyed Leucistic is also Banana

Different Banana Pieds

Evolution: A paradigm shift in snake sex chromosome genetics

A case study of sex-linkage in Python regius(Serpentes: Boidae), with new insights into sex determination in Henophidia

Other images of Bananas :

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

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Image from Hackett’s Royal’s

|675.7218673598082x451Image from Simply Pieds +

Multiple Gene Bananas:

Banana Piebald

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Banana Enchi

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

7. Spider

Morph Encyclopedia: #0007

Thomas Eagle - Eagle Reptiles

Spider

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Base Morph Incomplete Dominance (Co-dom)

INTRODUCTION:

The Spider Ball Python is a pattern and colouration altering morph that is credited by many as being one of the morphs that helped the hobby take off. The name Spider comes from the black “webbed” patterning between the “alien heads”.

VISUAL DESCRIPTION

Head: The head of a Spider Ball Python is usually dominated by bold markings with a darker spot on its crown that makes them easily recognisable from their non-Spider siblings.

Image from Nathan_e

Body: The black “puzzle” pattern along the body of the Spider Ball Python is heavily reduced, as is markings within the now enlarged and golden “alien heads”.

Some Spider Ball Pythons exhibit large (high-white) sections of white scales whereas some show non (low-white) at all.

Image from Holly Jenkins

Belly: The Belly of the Spider Ball Python usually shows faded or patchy continuation of the black body markings, with spots varying between individual animals. Large contrast in colours can be seen along its edges, especially in high-white Spiders.

Image from Holly Jenkins

Tail: The tail of the Spider Ball Python is usually heavily ruled by mostly unbroken pattern that wraps from one side to the other.

|844.0782631327934x451Image from Frank Mennella at Ball Python Distributors

Other:

  • Super: Super Spider (Spider X Spider)

Yeah let’s do this: here’s the Super Spider

Image from Matt Huck at OWAL Reptiles

Known Issues:

Wobble - The Spider Ball Python (and other morphs) has a genetic disorder referred to in the hobby as a “wobble”. “Wobbles” can range from almost unnoticeable to worryingly severe on an individual basis and is one of the largest debated and controversial topics in the reptile world, with many experienced breeders and keepers on both sides of the debate. While all Spider Ball Pythons “wobble” to a degree, extreme cases are rare and most will live a normal life. “Wobbles” are often more noticeable during feeding and agitation and can be affected by stress and husbandry.

Ethics of Spiders and Spider Breeding

Useful links:

Compare to a Normal Ball Python

Buy a Spider Ball Python

Help Identifying your Spider

Let’s see them Spiders

Spider topics

Question on wobble

Morph issues

Other images of Spiders:

|675.7218673598082x451Image from Brandon Holt at Mothership Reptiles

Image from Nathan_e

Multiple Gene Spiders:

Spinner Blast ( Spider Pinstripe Pastel)

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Orange Dream Spider

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

8. Fire

Morph Encyclopedia: #0008

Thomas Eagle - Eagle Reptiles

FIRE

Image from Kieran Tapley

Base Morph Incomplete Dominance (Co-dom)

INTRODUCTION:

The Fire Ball Python is known as a “enhancer” morph, with it being used in many combos to clean up patterns and make colours more vibrant. Baby Fire Ball Pythons can vary in tone and can be hard to tell from a Normal Ball Python for inexperienced breeders, but with pretty much each shed the browns become more yellow and by adult age can easily be told apart.

VISUAL DESCRIPTION

Head: The head of a Fire Ball Python is usually topped with a heavily faded crown, often with a lighter spot in its center. Lips and nostril scales can range from a shocking yellow to a tanned white.

|685.1197464595705x451Image from RubyRoyals

Body: The body of a Fire Ball Python follows the “alien head” pattern of a Normal Ball Python but much brighter tones are displayed.

|602x451.0619689698552Image from Snakebitezz-Balls

Belly: The Belly of a Fire Ball Python is usually clean and crisp with faded patches of pattern visible along its sides.

Image from eparkinson

Tail: The tail of a Fire Ball Python is similar to that of a Normal but following the colourations of the Fire gene. Usually patterns come to an end with a solid stripe or tight beading.

|713.1109393500203x451Image from Patryk Kordylewski at Endless Morphs

Other:

  • Super: Super Fire (Fire X Fire) Black Eyed Leucistics

Known Issues: N/A

Useful links:

Compare to a Normal Ball Python

Buy a Fire Ball Python

Help Identifying your Fire

Show me some Fire :fire:

Favourite Fire Pairings

Other images of Fires :

Image from unkn0vvn1221

Image from Debbie Clarke

Multiple Gene Fires :

Butter Fire

Image from saleengrinch

Blackhead Firefly

Image from saleengrinch

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9. Ghost

Morph Encyclopedia: #0009

Thomas Eagle - Eagle Reptiles

Ghost
“Hypo/Hypomelanistic”

Image from James Benedict at Pennywise Pythons

Base Morph Recessive

INTRODUCTION:

The Ghost Ball Python is a recessive mutation that is known to become more attractive with age. It’s pale scale colouration gives it a look of constantly being in shedding and is a mutation known to produce clear, patternless sheds, giving it its name.

VISUAL DESCRIPTION

Head: The head of a Ghost Ball Python tends to be a variation of light faded yellows and off-greys/blacks.

|602x602.1458323626707Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Body: The body of the Ghost Ball Python usually starts out with bright yellow colouration of the “alien heads” that fades with age, giving it a constant look of shedding. Patterns in combos are usually much cleaner when Desert Ghost is in the mix.

|602x452.1567795741509Image from Migranka-Reptiles

Belly:

Tail: The tail of the Ghost Ball Python is usually dominated by heavy blushing between the faded “alien heads” and dorsal stripe.

|615.9490028266331x451Image from CV Exotics inc.

Other:

  • Clear shed:

Image from Walkergirl

Known Issues: N/A

Useful links:

Compare to a Normal Ball Python

Buy a Ghost Ball Python

Help Identifying your Ghost

In the spirit of halloween show your ghost(s)

Other images of Ghosts :

Image from jones810975

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Image from Mary, Shelly & Nathan Wetterstroem at Firestorm Reptiles

Multiple Gene Ghosts :

Orange Dream Hypo

Image from Bob O’Brien at Prestige Pythons

Enchi Leopard Ghost

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

10. Pinstripe

Morph Encyclopedia: #0010

Thomas Eagle - Eagle Reptiles

PINSTRIPE
“Pin”

|623.090264625753x451Image from A Tinge Of Ginge

Base Morph Incomplete Dominant (co-dom)

INTRODUCTION:

The Pinstripe Ball Python is a “co-dom” morph that exhibits large changes compared to the Normal Ball Pythons pattern scheme, with both pattern and colouration being altered.

VISUAL DESCRIPTION

Head: The head of a Pinstripe Ball Python is topped with a dark, almost chocolate like, crown that tends to fade into the neck. Pinstripes usually have a spot of pattern in the centre of the crown and serrated stripes through their eyes.

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Body: The body of a Pinstripe Ball Python is usually dominated by a thick contrasting dorsal stripe from neck to tail, with dark-brown/black “pinstripes” down either side. The sides are patterned with ‘water droplet’ shaped lines over a tanned-brown/golden backdrop of side scales.

Image from Matt Byram at Matt Byram Exotics

Belly: The ventral scales of the Pinstripe Ball Python usually carry a golden undertone and can range from completely crisp and clean to almost murky and spotted with dark markings.

Image from Holly Jenkins

Tail: The Tail of the Pinstripe Ball Python normally follows the dorsal stripe pattern with the ‘water droplets’ becoming less frequent and prominent.

|624.5257294928749x451Image from Genetic Vault Reptiles

Other:

  • Super:

Known Issues: N/A

Useful links:

Compare to a Normal Ball Python

Buy a Pinstripe Ball Python

Help Identifying your Pinstripe

Show us them Pins

Other images of Pinstripes:

Image from Space Coast Reptiles

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Image from Andrej Švábik at Andrej Švábik

Multiple Gene Pinstripes :

Desert Ghost Pinstripe

Image from Angrypanda

Black Pastel Vanilla Pinstripe Ghost

Image from Denise Regalado at DaDe_Reptiles

11. Mojave

Morph Encyclopedia: #0011

Thomas Eagle - Eagle Reptiles

Mojave

|602x451.0619689698552Image from Molly Marshall at From The Darkside

Base Morph Incomplete Dominance (Co-dom)

INTRODUCTION:

The Mojave Ball Python is both a colour and pattern altering morph that is easily recognisable by intense flaming and the “keyhole” structure of the “alien heads” usually found in a Normal Ball Pythons. The name Mojave comes from the location it was first discovered and bred, on the West coast is the Mojave.

VISUAL DESCRIPTION

Head: The head of a Mojave Ball Python is usually dark brown/ black, occasionally with very slight fading on its crown and the usual, but brighter yellow, stripes through the eyes.

Image from Molly Marshall at From The Darkside

Body: The body of Mojave Ball Python is covered in a “keyhole” pattern, where the “alien heads” of a Normal Ball Python usually show two “eyes”, the Mojaves consist of one. The colouration normally exhibits various shades of browns and intense yellows over a greyish body, with deep blacks the whole way through.

Image from Hannah / serpentswitch117

Belly: The Belly of a Mojave Ball Python is usually completely white and lacking any showing if patterns, though dark “tracks” can sometimes be exhibited.

Image from Hannah / serpentswitch117

Tail: The tail of the Mojave Ball Python usually comes to an end following the thick dorsal stripe and bright flames up the sides.

Image from Molly Marshall at From The Darkside

Other:

  • Super: (Mojave X Mojave) Blue Eyed Leucistics

|723.0026977290077x451Image from BHB Reptiles

Image from Lindasark

Known Issues: N/A

Useful links:

Compare to a Normal Ball Python

Buy a Mojave Ball Python

Help Identifying your Mojave

Let’s see them Mojaves

Other images of Mojaves :

Image from Dave Palumbo at Palumbo’s Pythons & Boas

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Image from Baud’s Exotic Reptiles

Multiple Gene Mojaves :

Mojave Spotnose

Image from Valhalla Exotics

Leopard GHI Mojave het Puzzle

Image from Ute Rabe

Blackhead Black Magic (Black Pastel Mojave) possible Red Gene het Piebald

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Hypo Mojave het Piebald

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Hypo Super Mojave

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

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12. Leopard

Morph Encyclopedia: #0012

Thomas Eagle - Eagle Reptiles

Leopard
“Leo”

Image from Hannah / serpentswitch117

Base Morph Incomplete Dominant (co-dom)

INTRODUCTION:

The Leopard Ball Python is a pattern and colouration altering mutation that is known to enhance colour of combo offspring.

The name Leopard comes from the bright yellows that were on show when the first Spider Leopard and Pastel Leopard were first produced in 2005. For years many breeders believed that all Leopard Ball Pythons were “het” for Piebald, though this has since been disproved by proof breeding.

VISUAL DESCRIPTION

Head: The head of the Leopard Ball is usually very dark brown/black with a slightly lighter stamp in its center. Eye stripes and lips seem unchanged from a Normal Ball Python except brighter.

Image from Hannah / serpentswitch117

Body: The body of the Leopard Ball Python usually starts out with bright yellow colouration that fades with age. Blushing can be seen along the jet black “puzzle” pattern between shaken-up and splattered “alien heads”.

Image from Nuitari1974

Belly: The Belly of a Leopard Ball Python tends to be bright white and clear of markings and patterns.

Image from Hannah / serpentswitch117

Tail: The tail of the Leopard Ball Python is usually dominated by messy “alien heads” on either side of the dorsal stripe.

|672.7951329509676x451Image from Reptasia

Other:

  • Super: (Leopard X Leopard)

Known Issues: N/A

Useful links:

Compare to a Normal Ball Python

Buy a Leopard Ball Python

Help Identifying your Leopard

I’ve been excited for this one …. Who’s got Leopards

IRES explanation of the Leopard

Other images of Leopards :

Image from Hannah / serpentswitch117

Image from Angry Panda

Multiple Gene Leopards :

Coral Glow Leopard

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Hypo Super Enchi Coral Glow Leopard

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

13. Orange Dream

Morph Encyclopedia: #0013

Thomas Eagle - Eagle Reptiles

Orange Dream
“OD”

Image from Drs Reptiles

Base Morph Incomplete Dominance (Co-dom)

INTRODUCTION:

The Orange Dream Ball Python is a Incomplete Dominance (Co-dom) mutation that alters the colouration and pattern. The name Orange Dream comes from Ozzy Boids, the first to prove the bright orange snake as genetic, joking saying that the snake would make him millions, to which his friend replied “keep dreaming”, becoming the ‘Orange Dream’.

VISUAL DESCRIPTION

Head: The head of an Orange Dream Ball Python is topped with a golden/orange crown and blushing towards the neck. It exhibits the stripes of a Normal Ball Python showing through and under the eyes.

|627.4633838383837x451Image from Tony A Thomas at Hard Wired Exotics

Body: The Orange Dream Ball Python still carries the ‘alien heads’ pattern of a Normal Ball Python but spots within are largely stripped away, which gives it large contrasting blotches between the jet black “puzzle” pattern…

Image from Drs Reptiles

Belly: Orange Dream Ball Pythons very rarely show any marking on their bellies, leaving a bright pearl set of scales.

Image from unkn0vvn1221

Tail: The tail of an Orange Dream Ball Python is just like a Normal pattern-wise but following the Orange Dream colouration.

|602x486.0959083073197Image from Tony A Thomas at Hard Wired Exotics

Other:

  • Super: Super OD (Orange Dream X Orange Dream)

Image from Christian Wanajaya at DeadMouze

Known Issues: N/A

Useful links:

Compare to a Normal Ball Python

Buy a Lavender Orange Dream Ball Python

Help Identifying your Orange Dream

Some beautiful Orange Dream goodness in this clutch!

Let’s see your favourite OD

Other images of Orange Dreams :

|602x525.5090900619672Image from K&S Exotics

Image from Castropica

Multiple Gene Orange Dreams:

Orange Dream Yellowbelly

Images from Ute Rabe

Super Orange Dream Yellowbelly spider

|649.282713567839x451Images from Bob O’Brien at Prestige Pythons

14. Albino

Morph Encyclopedia: #0014

Thomas Eagle - Eagle Reptiles

ALBINO
“Amelanistic”

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Base Morph Recessive

INTRODUCTION:

The Albino Ball Python is possibly one of the most notable morphs is the reptile hobby. Albinos are amelanistic, taking all dark pigmentation and leaving bright yellows, sharp whites and a outlineless pattern. Bob Clark Reptiles proved the Albino as the first recessive Ball Python morph.

VISUAL DESCRIPTION

Head: A bright yellow crown sits on top of the Albinos head, stripes cross both through and under the bright red eyes caused by amelanistism.

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Body: The body of the Albino Ball Python has a normal pattern, but where the black pattern elements are white and the tan “alien heads” pattern elements are orange or dark yellow in hatchlings and bright yellow in adults.

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Belly: The belly of a Albino is usually completely glossy white with no spotting or smudges. The “alien head” pattern from the sides can be seen fading as the scales meet.

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Tail: As with the Normal Ball Python, Albinos tails tend to come to an end with a thin stripe or beads of pattern.

|602x462.62423705912505Image from Manny Frade at Perfect Predators

Other:

Known Issues: N/A

Useful links:

Compare to a Normal Ball Python

Buy a Albino Ball Python

Help Identifying your Albino

What’s the difference between albino and leucistic?

Albinos… Where are they at?

Other images of Albinos:

Image from unkn0vvn1221

Image from Manny Frade at Perfect Predators

Multiple Gene Albinos:

Albino Black Pastel

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Albino Piebald

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The information is very useful. Thank you for sharing.

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Would be nice to know since there are so many ways to make white snakes just which combos make them. And what problems you may have with each morph along the way.

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It’s in the pipeline. :grin:

At first I want to finish the base morphs and from there go on to make complex pages and link them to the different morphs that make/are part of them, individually.

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I commend you on your efforts. Very nice work! Dont stop and make it a book!!

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Thank you :blush: I couldn’t do it without you guys and all your help.

The thing I like about the internet over a physical book is that the public can chime in with there opinions and mistakes can be instantly corrected. So anyone using it in a studying manner will have the right information without having to pay for a “new edition” when slight changes are made and new entries added.

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I’ll try and help, once I’ve gotten my head wrapped around it. :v::thinking:

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You really would be a massive asset in helping get this going.

Top 100 Ball Python Genes (Jan 2020)

John posted a list that I will be following, if you have any single genes I couldn’t explain how much I would appreciate pictures and advice on them.

Pictures of any combos will also be greatly appreciated aswel :blush:

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That’s a good point.

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If anyone working with a specific gene would like to help out here is the layout:

Click to expand

Morph Encyclopedia: #000

Author - authors community account

Name
“Nickname”

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Base Morph Recessive or Incomplete Dominance (Co-dom) ?

INTRODUCTION:

Brief introduction.

Type of morph (colour/pattern…)

Name origin

VISUAL DESCRIPTION

Head: head colour and markings

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Body: body colour and markings. Specific “alien heads”

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Belly: belly colour and markings

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Tail: Tail colour and markings|602x462.62423705912505Image from Manny Frade at Perfect Predators

Other:

  • “Alien head” alterations
  • Super form
  • Anything that can’t fit anywhere else

Known Issues: known issues ( N/A if non)

Useful links:

Compare to a Normal Ball Python

Buy a MORPH NAME Ball Python (CHANGE “Albino” IN LINK ADDRESS TO MORPH NAME)

Help Identifying your MORPH NAME (CHANGE “Albino” IN LINK ADDRESS TO MORPH NAME)

Community links **

Other images of ? :

Image from unkn0vvn1221

Image from Manny Frade at Perfect Predators

Multiple Gene ? :

Albino Black Pastel

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Albino Piebald

Image from Deborah Stewart at Stewart Reptiles

Here is the list provided by John, the ones with :white_check_mark:’s are complete or have been started.

Top 100

0 Normal :white_check_mark:
1 Pastel :white_check_mark:
2 Piebald :white_check_mark:
3 Clown :white_check_mark:
4 Yellow Belly :white_check_mark:
5 Enchi :white_check_mark:
6 Banana :white_check_mark:
7 Spider :white_check_mark:
8 Fire :white_check_mark:
9 Ghost :white_check_mark:
10 Pinstripe :white_check_mark:
11 Mojave :white_check_mark:
12 Leopard :white_check_mark:
13 Orange Dream :white_check_mark:
14 Albino :white_check_mark:
15 Lesser :white_check_mark:
16 Cinnamon :white_check_mark:
17 GHI :white_check_mark:
18 Black Pastel :white_check_mark:
19 Axanthic (VPI)
20 Butter :white_check_mark:
21 Genetic Stripe
22 Vanilla
23 Lavender Albino :white_check_mark:
24 Desert Ghost
25 Spotnose
26 Calico
27 Gravel
28 Scaleless Head @bluefeathurs
29 Champagne
30 Bamboo
31 Hidden Gene Woma
32 Ultramel
33 Coral Glow
34 Blade
35 Mystic
36 Black Head
37 Candy
38 Asphalt
39 Specter
40 Axanthic (TSK)
41 Chocolate
42 Mahogany
43 Orange Ghost
44 Cypress
45 Puzzle
46 Red Stripe
47 Het Red Axanthic
48 Special
49 Bongo
50 Phantom
51 Granite
52 Spark
53 Woma
54 Sunset
55 Russo @bluefeathurs
56 Caramel Albino
57 Normal
58 Disco
59 Sugar
60 Paradox
61 Acid
62 Sulfur
63 Mckenzie
64 Trick
65 Lace
66 Tri-stripe
67 Nanny
68 Fader
69 Huffman
70 Monsoon
71 Monarch
72 GeneX
73 Mocha
74 Lucifer
75 Toffee
76 Cryptic
77 Cinder
78 Arroyo
79 Sandblast
80 Paint
81 Ringer
82 Dinker
83 Raven
84 Confusion
85 Sable
86 Odium
87 Black Axanthic
88 Sentinel
89 Citrus Pastel
90 Jolliff Tiger
91 Grim
92 Jungle Woma
93 Axanthic (Jolliff)
94 Surge
95 Hurricane
96 Carbon
97 Female Maker
98 Honey
99 Static
100 Shatter

If you would like to help please comment the name of the morph(s) you are willing to work on and I will add your name next to it.

If you need any help feel free to message me and we can get it sorted.

Suggestion: group known allelic traits. I.e. Albino/Candy/Toffee go under ‘Albino’, BEL complex, etc…
Include photos of each allelic trait, but avoid breaking it each one into is own ‘base’ trait unless you feel it can’t be properly grouped (Spider and Champagne?)

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I have a juvenile single Russo and adult single scaleless head when you get there. They are my only single gene animals lol

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15. Lesser

Morph Encyclopedia: #0015

Thomas Eagle - Eagle Reptiles

Lesser
“Butter”

|801.3461610977478x451Image from Tony Gayter at Alto Pythons

Base Morph Incomplete Dominance (Co-dom)

INTRODUCTION:

The Lesser ball python is a Co-Dominant mutation that varies in appearance from one individual to another. Some express bright yellows and light browns, whereas others can show dark brown and cream colouration.

VISUAL DESCRIPTION

Head: The head of a Lesser Ball Python is usually completely covered by a light brown colour, with a slight spot of blushing towards the neck.

|683.7278119879908x451Image from Rockin Balls

Body: The body of the Lesser Ball Python is normally covered in high amounts of blushing along its, usually black, “puzzle” pattern between bright yellow and orange “alien heads”. Blushing ranges from slightly dark brown to bright tan and mellow oranges.

|802.5563926247562x451Image from DnK Reptiles

Belly: The Lesser Ball Python tends to have a clean and crisp belly, with very little if any markings.

|703.6142494550647x451Image from Chris Krabbe at Krabbe Aquatics

Tail: The tail of the Lesser Ball Python usually expresses heavy blushing and follows the colourations of the rest of the body.

|768.2142618889378x451Image from Rockin Balls

Other:

  • Super: Blue Eyed Leucistic (BEL) (Lesser X Lesser)

Image from Saleengrinch

Known Issues: N/A

Useful links:

Compare to a Normal Ball Python

Buy a Lesser Ball Python

Help Identifying your Lesser

What is the Lesser morph?

Other images of Lessers :

|602x452.1567795741509Image from Ray Francis at Geordie Genes - Morphs and Mutations

|629.4004310040913x451

Image from TS ball pythons

Multiple Gene Lessers :

Lesser Pastel Spotnose

|801.3461610977478x451Image from Tony Gayter at Alto Pythons

Black Pewter Lesser X Cinnamon Lesser clutch.

|933.5751267913641x451

Image from Saleengrinch

16. Cinnamon

Morph Encyclopedia: #0016

Thomas Eagle - Eagle Reptiles

Cinnamon
“Cinny”

|602x503.8695513368427Image from Bcarter35

Base Morph Incomplete Dominance (Co-dom)

INTRODUCTION:

The Cinnamon Ball Python is an incomplete dominance (co-dom) mutation that alters both colour and pattern. The name Cinnamon comes from the deep reds that are on show on top of a deep brown (almost chocolate like) background.

VISUAL DESCRIPTION

Head: The head of a Cinnamon Ball Python is a dark shade of brown that fades towards the neck. Lips usually display bright pink/white scales.

|602x451.98106923025165Image from Hector at 7Snakes

Body: The body of the Cinnamon Ball Python is usually dominated by large chains of “alien heads/keyholes” either connected or very closely beside one another. Where yellows and orange of a Normal Ball Python are, the Cinnamon expresses various shades of brown and cream.

|633.3122312154494x451Image from Hector at 7Snakes

Belly: The belly of a Cinnamon Ball Python can shows light patterning and mild spotting along its edges, over bright white scales, however, usually it is clear of markings.

|602x452.0614357077108Image from unkn0vvn1221

Tail: The tail of the Cinnamon Ball Python tends to follow the heavy chained pattern of from the body on either side of a thick dorsal stripe.

|602x476.3005393556575Image from Hector at 7Snakes

Other:

  • Super: Super Cinnamon. a solid-colored animal with a light, unmarked belly. Overall body coloration may range from rich chocolate to a coal-black.

Image from Shelbie Neece at S+S Reptiles

Known Issues: Super Cinnamon - Duckbill & rare kinking.

Useful links:

Compare to a Normal Ball Python

Buy a Cinnamon Ball Python

Help Identifying your Cinnamon

Feed my sweet tooth.

Cinnamon love

Black Pastel Vs Cinnamon

Other images of Cinnamons :

|602x452.0614357077108Image from unkn0vvn1221

|602x452.0614357077108

Image from Holly Jenkins

Multiple Gene Cinnamons :

Cinnamon Sugar

|679.2895929794532x451Image from Graham Barber at 1Gra1

Cinnamon Lesser Pastel

|801.8418391355401x451

Image from Tony Gayter at Alto Pythons

17. GHI

Morph Encyclopedia: #0017

Thomas Eagle - Eagle Reptiles

GHI
“Gotta Have It”

|602x451.6093742720031Image from Nocturne Reptiles

Base Morph Incomplete Dominance (Co-dom)

INTRODUCTION:

The GHI Ball Python is a colour and pattern altering mutation that is easily recognisable from a Normal Ball Python by its extremely dark “puzzle” pattern and strong golden “alien heads”. The GHI was first proved Genetic by Matt Lerer after finding three identical and unusual Ball Pythons in a shipment of imported animals.

VISUAL DESCRIPTION

Head: The head of a GHI Ball Python is covered completely with black scales, with marking being very rare. Bright yellowy-gold stripes show as they would with a Normal Ball Python but with more intense colouration.

|641.9287774928806x451Image from Darren Biggs at Crystal Palace Reptiles

Body: The body of the GHI Ball Python has “alien heads” that express a hollowness to them, leaving mis-shaped “rings/splatters” of gold the whole way through, with large amounts of spotting. Along the sides silvery flames can bee seen across the almost pitch background.

|602x452.1567795741509Image from MWR

Belly: The belly of the GHI Ball Python varies from completely clear of pattern and markings to heavily murky and spotted.

|757.4964991624789x451Image from JME Reptiles

Tail: Tail tail of the GHI Ball Python tends to show the same hollow “alien heads” that are visible on its body, to either side of a bright-gold dorsal stripe.

|602x451.3927750517288Image from Rattlesnacks

Other:

  • Super GHI: (GHI X GHI)

Image from DCM Reptiles

Known Issues: N/A

Useful links:

Compare to a Normal Ball Python

Buy a GHI Ball Python

Help Identifying your GHI

Who doesn’t love GHIs?

Other images of GHIs :

|602x451.6093742720031Image from Ridgeway Exotics

|602x451.0619689698552

Image from FD reptiles by Felix

Multiple Gene GHIs :

GHI Pastel

|802.5563926247562x451Image from Ridgeway Exotics

Pastel Lesser GHI Yellowbelly Clown

|714.6683726831402x451

Image from Urban Constrictors

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