i really tried looking this up with google and using different search words but could not find anything to help me. Some morphs i do not understand. what makes a blizzard vs an ivory or a ghost?. what makes a pearl? I think i understand ivory is a super hypo. if someone could give me a break down that would be great. i tried using the traits feature on here but its not very useful.
Ivory/Hypo is an incomplete dominant morph, meaning it has a visual heterozygous form (inherited one copy from a parent, Hypo) and a different visual for the homozygous form (inherited two copies, one from each parent, Ivory). Hypo will have less color saturation than a normal burm but still have pattern, where Ivory lightens even further and loses the pattern.
Now Pearl & Blizzard are just Hypo and Ivory with the addition of Albino. Albino removes the darker pigments, so the main difference is that Hypo & Ivory will have dark eyes/pupils, and Pearl & Blizzard will have light irises with red/pink pupils.
Welcome to the forum family @gunshowgreg! (great name btw!), and all I can say is kudos to you for trying to learn this morph stuff! As for me, I’m just a keeper, no burms unfortunately. but I love them! And retics too!
I don’t see how you guys keep all the different morphs and what makes what morph straight actually! I try to read some of these threads and boy do I go lost! But that’s just fine and dandy because as you have already found out, there are plenty of people here who know their stuff!
Best wishes on whatever project you may be working on and we love reptile pictures!
And keep asking questions! We don’t mind!
When you have both visual albino and hypo in an animal…that combo is called Pearl. To call some thing a Pearl it has to be visual albino and hypo. To put the order of the genes when you put it like albino hypo versus hypo albino does not matter…they are still a Pearl.
Not really. Adding hypo to albino even reduces what the blacks would be even more so than just the Albino by itself.
Maybe this would help you think about it more. Albino is just a color mutation…hypo is both a color and pattern mutation. So if you have an albino Burmese python, the animal will look like an albino, so it will be yellow and lacking its blacks (melanin inhibition). As for hypo…there is less melanin produced, and small variations in the pattern of the animal. So when you stack to mutations as an a combo…Pearl being albino and hypo. The lighting affect of hypo get stacked on that of albinism. This results in a light and less patterned animal then just an albino.
Oh yeah, I should have added that there is no stupid questions on here. Everyone is welcome and part of the family of keepers that we all make up. So…don’t feel bad or not smart…we are all learning as we go along this journey of life. It is a constant journey to gain and spread the knowledge that we have gotten the privilege to attain from others to the people and the world around us.