Brought to us by The Snake Keeper (TSK), in 2000, the Mojave Ball Python is now a staple in the hobby. Though nice as a single gene morph, it is in its super form or in combinations with dark genes that it shows its true potential.
Mojave is a single gene incomplete dominant morph. This means that if you breed a Mojave to a normal, about 50% of the offspring will visually express the mutation. Also, if you breed a Mojave to a Mojave, you can get a super Mojave.
In Mojave Ball Pythons colour, pattern and contrast are all affected. The blotches that form a normal Ball Python’s pattern are reduced in size in Mojaves, and tend to be a bright yellow, especially in hatchlings. On the dorsum, some of these blotches may form a solid stripe towards the tail and neck or be reduced to spots at mid-body.
The background is a deep brown or even black, with lighter blushing on the lower flanks. As for the head, it is generally like a normal Ball Python but darker.
The overall effect is that of a very contrasted and striking animal. As with many morphs, the overall brightness and contrast does fade a little with age. To counteract this, Mojave can be used in combination with – and enhanced by – other genes. Like Pastel, Mojave seems to work well with almost every other gene available, which is part of why it’s so popular.
Does the Mojave Ball Python have genetic issues?
To date, no genetic health issues have been observed in Mojave Ball Pythons. What’s more, it can be combined with other similar genes such as Butter to make Blue Eyed Leucistics. These genes are referred to as the “BEL complex”.
There are three main ways you can use Mojave for a breeding project. The first is to breed it to another Mojave and make a super. Super Mojaves are a type of Blue Eyed Leucistic that is almost pure white, apart from the head which has a grey/purple tone. These are immensely popular!
The second way is to combine it with a dominant or incomplete dominant gene like Chocolate, Acid or GHI. GHI Mojaves, for example, are quite possibly one of the most stunning combinations found so far. Or, if you like to retain a little colour, Mojave also goes well with Pastel, and this combination is known as a Pastave.
Finally, combining Mojave, a dark dominant/incomplete dominant gene and Ghost can make incredible, smoky-looking grey combos. If you add Ghost to a GHI Mojave, for example, it makes a stunning, opaque looking snake. Some of these almost look smoky-grey and are worth researching if you haven’t seen one yet.
Let’s check out some examples…
Top 5 Mojave Morphs (my choice)
1. Super Mojave Ball Python, A.K.A. Blue Eyed Leucistic
As I mention earlier, Mojave is an incomplete dominant gene. Breed two together and you can the super form, which happens to be a Blue Eyed Leucistic – one of the most popular morphs of all time. These have been around for years, but their popular is no where near calming down. In fact, at the time of writing BELs are still going for around $500 in the U.S.
To a breeder, this is interesting because a single gene Mojave is going for around $150…
Super Mojaves are white all over, with just a hint of purple colouration on the head. As you’d expect, the eyes are subtle blue.
2. GHI Mojave Ball Python
This designer morph is one of the most stunning on the market. The dark influence from GHI makes the flanks almost completely black in some animals. Thanks to the Mojave influence, however, the dorsal markings remain a bright yellow. Overall, the result is a striking animal with a “stand-out” pattern along its back.
Another thing that makes this morph attractive is the fact that its price is in the medium bracket and won’t break the bank.
3. Banana Mojave Ball Python
Like the previous one, this designer morph is incredible to look at and now widely available. Mojave is dark and contrasting, whereas Banana is bright and colourful… Why not have the best of both worlds?
As you’d expect, the overall appearance of this morph is dominated by the Banana gene, but what makes it attractive is that Mojave gives it a whole new aspect by adding some darkness. In nice examples, the patterning retains the yellow colouration we love in Banana Ball Pythons, but the background is a rich, dark purple colour.
4. Pastel Mojave Ball Python, A.K.A Pastave Ball Python
As you probably already known, the Pastel gene adds yellow colouration and jumbles up patterning. When you add it to Mojave, the result is a more interesting pattern, more blushing in the background, and sometimes even more contrast.
With Pastel Mojave Ball Pythons being ridiculously cheap and widely available, this morph definitely has the most bang for your buck.
5. GHI Mojave Ghost Ball Python
Last, but certainly not least, this designer morph combines the GHI and Mojave genes with the recessive Ghost gene. It’s a little pricier, and a little more difficult to find – but very much worth it.
Whilst overall the appearance is identical to that of a GHI Mojave, the Ghost gene adds a washed-out, opaque aspect to it. The result is a smoky grey animal that is incredibly striking and subtle all at the same time.
Future of the morph
Mojave Ball Pythons are here to stay, that much is certain. Their popularity is huge, and like Pastel, Mojave seems to go well with everything. This means that breeders investing in new and rare genes often use Mojave to create new combination morphs.
If you look at the incredible Monsoon gene, for example, one of the first other genes it was combined with was Mojave. For anyone thinking of breeding, it should be obvious that Mojave is simply a good gene to have in the collection, not just for creating morphs we already know and love, but for what it might do in the future.
Mojave Ball Python Summary
|First produced by:||The Snake Keeper (TSK), 2000|
|Morph type:||Incomplete dominant|
|Goes well with:||Mojave, dark dominant/incomplete dominant genes, Ghost|
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