I absolutely love this topic. I’ve had ball pythons 18 years now and for as long as I’ve been paying attention, there were always obscure things that made their way to the surface. Some of them became huge, some were forgotten, and some were viewed as the next big thing but never gained much traction.
I don’t have any of these genes in my collection except an adult female that is either a Genetic Banded or Joliff Tiger. There is another thread on the forum where I shared a photo of her offspring, which is a combo of her gene + Enchi, and it definitely has a different look to it.
I remember being at a local show and hearing the promoter talk about the Cinder gene and how it was going to turn the hobby upside down. He was positive that it was going to change the entire industry.
That didn’t exactly happen but it does illustrate the strange paradigm that we see where two (or three genes) are thought to be the same or at least similar but one can be acquired for a fraction of the price of the other. What if Cinder and Mahogany are indeed the same? Would you buy the Cinder for $800 when you can get a Mahogany for $200?
I have heard people say that Mahogany and Stranger have something in common based on what those genes do in clown combos. Now that is a one hell of a price discrepancy.
The obscure history of ball pythons is so amazing. Anyone else remember the Rainbow Pied or the Hyper Striper?