long time lurker first time poster.
I’m considering the purchase of a ball python in the next 6mos to a year as a pet (no plans to breed at this time). It’s important to me to get a healthy one from a reputable breeder, and I’d like to stay away from some of the morph-related health issues.
I’m wondering if you all could recommend some morph combos to check out - I have an idea of what i want and some that i particularly like, but there are so many to choose from it’s hard to know where to begin! Because I don’t plan to do any breeding, I’m less interested in the hets and non-visual forms, I think (provided I’ve begun to grasp some of the genetics). I seem to really like the particularly dark and contrasty ones (like Clowns, Leopard, Spotnose, and some of the black axanthic ones too). I’ve also read some things to indicate that some of the axanthics tend to change color and be a bit less interesting as they age, but then there are like 10 different lines…pieds are also neat but I prefer the ones that have less white. I know that some genes reduce the pattern/get you a high white snake.
Obviously, I don’t think one of these 5 gene combo ones are quite going to be in my budget for a non breeding animal But would love to hear some more reasonable 2-4 gene combos you think I should take a look at here on morphmarket!