These animals differ, sometimes strikingly, from the wild types in appearance. The differences can be traced to environmental or genetic causes.

Characteristics attributed to environmental influences occur after fertilization. These environmental influences include variables such as incubation temperature and injury. Some traits are decidedly a disadvantage for a free-living wild animal. A strangely colored animal might lack the adaptive benefits of the more cryptic normal coloration.This would make it more likely to become dinner for another animal up the food chain, and less likely to be an effective predator on those animals down the food chain. The color and pattern of an animal-indeed, all physical traits and behavior, as well-have been molded by eons of evolution. In a captive situation, a different set of rules applies.

As rare, highly prized or expensive animals, color and pattern morphs can command high prices and an important place in collections.

Initially, the occurrence of these mutations is very rare and their low survival rate in the wild make it extremely unlikely that they can be obtained and put into a captive-breeding program. This snake lacks all black pigment, but retains yellows and some pink.

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This trait, as are most of the traits commercially available in reptiles, is recessive. When an animal showing the trait is bred to a normal animal, the offspring are normal in appearance. For the offspring to exhibit the trait, both parents must show or carry the trait. In contrast, a dominant trait requires that only one parent have the trait, and all individuals that carry the trait exhibit the characteristics of the trait. In contrast to the adult male, these snakes were bright orange, gold and white. The bright yellow color develops with size and age. The snakes were available in good numbers from the start and commanded high prices for several years.

This one snake gave herpetoculture a real boost in the late 1980s.

Before this time, few reptiles ever sold for more than a few hundred dollars.

Suddenly, snakes were viewed as an investment, an income-generating venture, not just a hobby that consumed dollars.

It was a little disturbing to me at the time that no one seemed to be keeping these snakes for the enjoyment of it. The snake-a male-was not a motivated breeder. It bred only once, producing offspring in 1984, and died shortly thereafter. These heterozygous snakes produced their first offspring in 1987. A percentage of these snakes exhibited the new trait. The snake has been named “green” or “patternless” after the original adult, and these names are accurately descriptive of the adult animals.

The babies, however, are neither green nor patternless.

Hatchlings of this type are khaki-colored, fading to silver on the sides, with a broken line of chocolate brown spots down the center of the back and sometimes scattered randomly along the sides.

With age and size, the snakes darken to an olive green, and the spots fade and become less and less apparent. When these snakes produced offspring, by appearance, four types hatched. The largest percentage of the babies looked normal, there were equal percentages of green and albino snakes, and a very few snakes were albino with the green pattern. My first breeding of the double recessive snakes produced no “green” albinos from 29 eggs (it’s the same problem that plagues the local weatherman). The snake was light orange fading to almost white on the sides, with darker orange spots centered on the dorsal midline. The snake becomes yellow and the pattern fades as it grows.

I expressed an interest in these snakes, and he agreed to try to locate them. Fortunately, the two snakes were a sexual pair, and although they were just 7 feet long, they produced a small fertile clutch of eggs in early 1989. The hatchlings from this clutch were identical to their parents, with an intricate gold pattern on a black background. The phase was named “labyrinth” after its chaotic mazelike pattern. Mark produced the first albino labyrinth in 1993 by breeding the offspring of an albino x labyrinth cross.

This is a striking form, where the black areas are replaced by bright white. These areas in the normal type of albinos are orange. The result is a high contrast gold and white snake. The new morph has very small, angular, golden brown spots on a yellowish background. The spots and ground color cover roughly equal amounts of surface area. Each scale of the light areas has a dark center. The remaining area of the head’s dorsal surface is light pinkish tan. Several of these snakes hatched from the same clutch of eggs.

The grandfather of the snakes is said to have been identical to the babies in color and pattern. The mother is said to have been normal in appearance. If both normal-looking parents of the babies were offspring of the original, now skinned adult, we could explain the occurrence of the trait as the operation of a simple recessive gene. The albino “green” and albino labyrinth have been produced. At the time of this writing, the green labyrinth combination and none of the combinations including the new trait have been bred. All three of these traits are mutations of pattern, and it is unknown how the combinations will be expressed.

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The amelanistic forms of these combinations also have yet to be seen. The granite trait gives nine new possibilities when combined with existing traits and trait combinations.

I had heard this type of rumor before, and in every case the snake apparently did not exist. We obtained a picture of this animal and started negotiations to acquire it. It was bright lemon yellow and clean white. The snake’s high contrast, bright color and small adult size created much interest and anticipation among the snake-buying public. The young albino was imported as a nonfeeding, wild-caught individual with all the associated problems and worry that go with such an animal-especially a ball python. The snake fed voluntarily in due time, and while it was thought to be too small to breed, it did so that fall. The heterozygous generation hatched in the spring of 1990. These snakes grew quickly, bred and laid eggs that hatched when they themselves were only 2 years old. I checked the maternally incubated clutch to find the female coiled loosely around the eggs, exposing one egg with a pink and yellow head protruding.A piebald morph with broad areas of bright white and varying amounts of normal pigmentation has been bred, and if the trait is genetic, offspring with the trait can be expected within the next two or three years.

These snakes lack yellow pigment and appear as black, gray and white snakes.

The two pigments responsible for most of the color in this snake are red and black. The snake, a wild caught male of unknown origin, has a pattern that appears to be duplicated laterally along the dorsal midline. The dark median line through the top of the head is absent from the eyes forward, and the white areas on the sides are enlarged and lengthened. This snake bred and produced babies in the summer of 1993, and roughly half the babies had the pattern of the father.

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Female triple het green, granite, albino bred to a male albino het granite possible het green.

Karl has named this form the “tiger” retic. If the trait was genetic and recessive, as are all other known mutations in snakes, the first generation offspring should be heterozygous and look normal. The trait should appear in the next generation when these animals are bred. In this case, the mutation was determined to be dominant. With a dominant trait, the condition is expressed in the heterozygous animals.

Because the father was himself heterozygous, he could pass the trait on to only half of his offspring. The normal looking siblings were, in fact, normal (not gene carriers). As more of these snakes have been bred, the trait has proven to be fairly variable. In some cases, the pattern is reduced, sometimes to the extent of having no pattern along the dorsal midline, or sometimes just a narrow black stripe. In other cases, the snakes have a series of small paired blotches along a medial stripe. All snakes lack the head stripe, and all seem to have docile temperaments, in contrast to many reticulated pythons.

The snake was wild caught when it was about 9 feet long, and it remains so two years later, due largely to the fact that it refused to feed voluntarily for almost exactly two years.

In spite of the snake’s difficult acclimation and its small size, it was observed breeding last spring, even though at that time it had still refused to feed.Heterozygous offspring were produced this year. I hope this morph will be available in the near future. There is an incredible diversity of colors and patterns in normal wild type pythons.

Some purists may frown on the popularity of the captive-propagated variants, believing that these animals are unnatural and somehow less worthy of their attention. If we consider the rest of the animals we keep as pets, indeed all of the organisms that have been associated with humans through history, the production of python color and pattern morphs is typical. Consider tropical fish, cage birds, orchids and agriculturally important plants and animals.

Few would agree that a chicken with less meat and laying ability is more desirable because it more closely resembles its wild ancestor. The differences in goldfish and carp, and my dog and a wolf are both generally appreciated by the pet-keeping public and people in general. The future almost certainly will give us new python morphs and increased availability of existing ones.

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These animals differ, sometimes strikingly, from the wild types in appearance. The differences can be traced to environmental or genetic causes. Characteristics attributed to environmental influences occur after fertilization. These environmental influences include variables such as incubation temperature and injury. Some traits are decidedly a disadvantage for a...