They are rare but Black Jack is a beautiful dark combo. Some Onyx and Gargoyle combos can be nice and dark too.
To just give names of “good” morphs is a pretty tall order since it’s all based on opinion, and there is just so much out there. But for dark snakes, a couple others I haven’t seen mentioned that I personally love: Black Head (especially paired with Leopard), and Acid/Confusion/Static (although these are still kind of pricey). Also, they aren’t really “dark” but as far as contrast Desert Ghost or Enhancer are certainly worth checking out.
One often overlooked piece of advice that I think is especially important for a “pet only” ball python is to find out as best as you can how that morph will look at 1year, 3years, and 5+ years. Every morph will develop as they age, and you may or may not like it from one morph to the next.
I would second Crypticoils about researching what they look like as adults. While it is important to pick something that looks great now, BP’s can live for decades and so you should make sure you will still like it as an adult. Once you do your homework and decide what morph or combo you may like, then don’t compromise and pic the nicest example you can find and afford, especially if it is going to be your only snake.
That said, like Lays Potato Chips, most people never stop at 1 and then breeding becomes the next logical step. The last piece of advice I would offer is to try and find a female of whatever combo you like. That way should you change your mind about breeding down the road, you may already have a grown girl to start working with, instead of having to spend another two to three years growing something up to pair with a male. Best of luck.
low white pieds is what i’d be going for! no spiders, just don’t want to deal with that as nice as they are!
this is exactly the kind of info i’m looking for - as i mentioned in the OP, i’ve read that axanthics can be this way, but it’s hard just by looking here on MM to see what ones mature to keeping (or improving) their nice colors! which is another reason I came here for more specific guidance. Not really looking for “good morphs” - it’s so subjective - just ones that fell into my requirements of being dark & contrasty!
Love the look of those Acids but they’re definitely on the pricey side. Will peep the static ones for sure. Thanks for the tip.
The other thing you asked about is any issues typical with certain morphs eg. spider. This is a good thread that is pretty well maintained:
Note that some of the “issues” are not negative, but just good info to know about the morph.
In all seriousness, you’ll enjoy the hobby to the fullest if you get what you really enjoy looking at. For me it’s Pieds.
Go and make yourself a sandwich, a nice cup of hot chocolate and get comfortable…
Welcome to the dark side! Show your dark morphs! is the thread you are looking for. You will find some amazing combos there.
Sorry about that.
I misread it.
I’m not sure what morph does a lot of low white.
I guess that’s more of luck of the draw thing.
Probably wrong about that though.
I get where you’re coming from.
Pied balls have really pretty patterns and when you notice that it does become kind of sad to see wiped away by white.
this is perfect! thank you
as far as low white pieds I notice that Enchi, super enchi, black head, and leopard make almost aways medium to very low white pieds.
Cinnamon makes high white pieds, and can even make all white pieds.
I’m looking for low white pieds actually haha
The lowest white pieds I have seen have just been normal pieds with no other morphs. Pinstripe seems to make medium white pieds a lot though. Though I have seen that, as well as the morphs that @nathan_e listed be high white pieds too.
Enchis seem to be pretty low white too, as well as leopard, which is cool.
@osbornereptiles love that third to last one! What’s the combo?
Here are a couple of examples too. The first is a Leopard Clown and she will likely stay pretty dark. The next is a Pied Ghost. It is low white but it isn’t by any means dark.
I would say maybe Mahogany Mojave,