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Top 5 Yellow Ball Python morphs

Time to look at my top 5 yellow Ball Python morphs – and some runners up. Keep reading to find out more about these super-bright snakes…

Time to look at my top 5 yellow Ball Python morphs – and some runners up. Keep reading to find out more about these super-bright snakes…

Yellow Ball Python morphs are some of the most striking of all, giving them much deserved popularity around the world. Interestingly, they are a mix of incomplete dominant (often called co-dom), dominant, and recessive genes. Some of them are expensive combination morphs, but others are highly accessible and easy to find.

High contrast albino ball python
High contrast albino ball python

What ball python morphs are yellow?

Across both the North American and European markets, yellow morphs are some of the most sought-after. This is mainly down to how eye-catching they are, which makes them easy to sell and great for adding to new combination morphs.

There’s now plenty of yellow-ish morphs, but only a handful of almost totally yellow snakes. These include:

  • Banana
  • Coral Glow
  • Albino Clown

The yellow-ish or mostly yellow morphs include:

  • Desert Ghost combination morphs
  • Albino combination morphs
  • Lavender Albino combination morphs
  • Some Orange Dream morphs
  • Pastel/Super Pastel
  • Orange Ghost combination morphs
  • Monarch
  • Ultramel
  • Candy
Coral Glow Cinnamon Ball Python hatchling.
Coral Glow Cinnamon – this morph turns a nice yellow as it matures, but keeps a darker background

Are yellow Ball Pythons rare?

Yellow Ball Pythons morphs are not rare. In fact, they are widely available, and you can easily find them by browsing through the BP section of Morphmarket.  

That said, they vary widely in price. Some of the most yellow morphs like Banana come in it an affordable price – usually in the region of $150-300.

Others, like Monarch, are still very expensive, and less widely available. The main for reason for this being that while Banana is a widespread incomplete dominant gene, Monarch is a newer, recessive gene. This means that less Monarchs are produced each year and demand drives up the price.

If you plan on breeding, either the high-end or less expensive yellow morphs make for great projects. They’re super popular and always will be.

If, on the other, you just want a pet – then it makes more sense to aim for a cheap but nonetheless beautiful yellow morph like Banana or Coral Glow.

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Coral Glow combination morph

My top 5 Yellow Ball Python Morphs

These morphs have been chosen for their overall yellowness! What I’ve looked for is morphs that are both popular and have very little other pigment on them.

1. Coral glow

yellow ball python morphs

Coral Glow is one of the yellowest morphs available, and probably the first one that springs to mind if you ask most breeders to name a yellow Ball Python.

As a juvenile it starts out with a pretty, almost purplish glow to its background and a subtle yellow pattern. Then, just like the Banana morph, it slowly turns to a deeper yellow and gets black freckles as it approaches sexual maturity.

Add genes like Cinnamon or Black Pastel and you often increase both the number of freckles and the purplish hue of the background colour, even in adults.

Are banana and coral glow the same?

Banana and Coral Glow are exactly the same morph – stemming from the same incomplete dominant mutation. The reason that they have different names is that they were produced by different breeders. In fact, when they were first imported by VPI, they were initially known as White Smoke Ball Pythons.

2. Albino

Albino Ball Python
This photo of an albino was kindly provided by @mightymorphinsneks

Albino is a beautiful morph that has some really nice, yellow pattering on the back and a pure white belly. This recessive mutation is both common and affordable, having been one of the first morphs to be captive-bred.

Across almost all species of captive reptiles, albino is one of the most common recessive morphs. But somehow it retains its popularity. Despite the fact that it’s nothing new, albino still seems to work its way into every major breeder’s collection.

3. Albino Clown

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Blake the Albino Clown

Maybe Albino just isn’t yellow enough for you? In that case, you can opt for an Albino Clown. This double-recessive combo adds both a lot of yellow and a lot of value to any project.

Overall, this morph has a really nice, almost solid yellow back and bright white belly.

4. Albino Pinstripe

yellow ball python morphs
Albino Pinstripe Ball Python

As you may already know, Pinstripe is a dominant gene that increases the brown dorsal patterning and decreases the black to a thin ‘pinstripe’ of pattern. When combined with Albino it creates an almost entirely yellow/orange snake that has an incredibly intense appearance.

For breeding projects it probably doesn’t have huge potential, but it certainly works as a centrepiece to a nice collection. Overall, you’d be hard pressed to find a more entirely dark yellow snake. Only Albino Enchis and Albino Enchi Spiders come close.

5. Coral Glow Leopard Clown

yellow ball python morphs
Coral Glow Leopard Pastel Clown. Not the best photo as I didn’t have time to sent up the light tent – but you get the idea.

Something that soon becomes apparent when getting into Ball Python morphs is that if you add Clown to anything, its value skyrockets. This is exactly the case with this combination, which is also aided by the fact that Leopard has a very cool effect on pattern.

When these three genes are combined, you get a pretty yellow snake, with a light purple line of irregular patterning down its back. It’s a delicately beautiful morph that packs a serious genetic punch.

Breed it to literally anything, and you’ll be creating some highly sought-after morphs.

Summary of the top 5

MorphMorph TypeAvailability/price
Coral GlowIncomplete dominanthigh/low
AlbinoRecessivehigh/average
Albino ClownDouble recessiveaverage/high
Albino PinstripeRecessive/dominantaverage/fairly high
Coral Glow Leopard ClownIncomplete dominant/dominant/recessivelow/very high

Honourable mentions…

I hope you enjoyed that little run-down of some of my favourite yellow morphs. While we’re here, we may as well look at some honourable mentions.

The only reason these runners-up didn’t make the list is because they have less yellow, not because they are any less incredible.

Desert Ghost Pinstripe

Apologies are in order here, as I couldn’t get a photo of this one! If you click on this link, however, it will take you to another site that has as a couple of pics.

When you see this morph, you’ll notice it has a nice, sandy tone to it. As with many other combinations, it is very hard to appreciate it without seeing it in real life, though.

Suffice it say that it is an incredibly beautiful animal, that somehow seems to get brighter with age, rather than darker.

Super Orange Dream Fire Spider Yellow Belly

This one is incredibly hard to describe and convey just how incredible it is. Let’s let Chris Hardwick take over and cover it with a video instead!

Again, the only reason it didn’t make the top 5 is because it has some black patterning!

Lemonblast

The good-old Lemonblast has been around for years, and is still incredibly popular. It’s a simple combination of Pastel and Pinstripe, but I can say with absolute certainty that these will always sell. They’re pretty and people like them, and that won’t change anytime soon.

How much is a Lemonblast Ball Python?

Lemonblasts are one of the cheapest combination morphs, and you should only ever pay $100 – 150 for a hatchling. In some cases, you may even find them for less.Given how pretty they are, and how well some of them age, this is definitely worth it for a beautiful pet.

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Let me know what YOU think!

My top 5 and the runners up are all morphs that have caught my eye over the years. Some are expensive, some not. What they all have in common though is the nice yellow colouration that drew me to them.

What do you think though? Did I miss one? Or, is there an up-and-coming yellow morph that everyone will be wanting in the next couple of years?

Comment and let me know!

Other resources related to yellow morphs:

63 Stunning Ball Python Morphs (Our Favorite Types)

Guide to Ball Python Morphs and Genetics – Terrarium Quest

40 Ball Python Morphs: Types, Colors, Pictures

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