Albino Ball Python

The Albino Ball Python morph was first produced by Bob Clark Reptiles, in 1992, and was a big contributor to the growing popularity of the species. That may have been a long time ago, but they are still popular today.

Morph type

The Albino Ball Python is a recessive morph. This means that it has two copies of a recessive mutation for albinism, making it homozygous. The homozygous state is what is needed to visually express the gene. Animals with only one copy of the albino mutation appear normal and are known as heterozygous (“het”).

Description

Albino Ball Python

This photo was kindly provided by @mightymorphinsneks, a reptile enthusiast with an outstanding collection of snakes.

Albino Ball Pythons have patterning that is almost identical to that of normal Ball Pythons. The difference is all in the colouration.

Albinism of this type is caused by a mutation in a gene which codes for tyrosinase, the enzyme that catalyses melanin production. As a result, this morph completely lacks melanin – the pigment that gives brown and black colouration. In effect, the background is white instead of black, and the dorsal blotches are yellow instead of brown. Just like in albino mammals, the eyes are pink.

Generally, albinos are more striking as hatchlings, then fade to more subtle tones as they get older. There is variation to this, however. In fact, some Albino Ball Pythons have more contrasting tones and striking yellows. These are known as high-contrast albinos.

Does the Albino Ball Python have genetic issues?

Albino Ball Pythons do not have any genetic issues. The only known issue that comes with albinism is a reduced resistance to UV radiation. In nocturnal snakes, such as Ball Pythons, this is nothing to worry about.

Breeding tips

Albinos, and especially high-contrast albinos, are a beautiful stand-alone recessive morph. Combine them with genes like Candy, Pied or Clown, and you can make the highly sought-after morphs known as Candino, Albino Pied and Albino Clown.

When it comes to combinations with dominant genes (co-dom), many of them simply get washed out in an albino. There are exceptions, however. In particular, Enchi enhances and darkens the yellow colouration of albinos, whereas Pinstripe and Champagne increase the area covered by yellow pattern.

Let’s check out some examples…

Albino Ball Python Summary

First produced by:Bob Clark Reptiles, 1992
Morph type:Recessive
Genetic issues:None
Goes well with:Candy, Piebald, Clown, Enchi, Pinstripe, Champagne

For in-depth Ball Python husbandry, check out my Ball Python Care Sheet.

For more morphs, go back to Ball Python Morphs

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