Ball Python morphs prices
Ball pythons are available in well over 100 color and pattern combinations. There is no animal on earth that has shown as much genetic variation as ball pythons. Some of the earlier morphs originated from wild-caught or farm-raised snakes in Africa in the 1990s. Odd-colored or patterned ball pythons were occasionally found and offered to breeders in the US. Examples of these early morphs are albino, hypo, clown, caramel albino, axanthic, piebald, and pastel. As the demand for rare color morphs rose, more morphs were discovered and made their way into captive-breeding collections. Most of these morphs sold for tens of thousands of dollars when the first babies became available. As more of them were produced, their prices dropped. However, every year, new morphs are produced by combining some of the existing morphs and occasionally, a new morph is found in Africa and becomes established in collections.
We were the first breeders in the world to produce the Caramel Albino Spiders (2009) and were among the first to produce Killer Clowns (2009).
Every year, new combinations are added together to produce new morphs. Keeping up with all of them can be very difficult, even for someone who does it full-time! It is extremely important to understand the genetics behind these morphs, in order to figure out how to combine them to reproduce them, or to produce new ones. The information below is a very brief overview of leopard gecko genetics:
Heterozygous (het)- A ball that is listed as a "het" means it is carrying a recessive gene, but not actually showing it. When bred to other geckos showing or carrying the same recessive gene, the visible morph can be produced.
The Normal (wild-type) ball python is the dominant type.
Normal x Normal = all Normals
Albino x Albino = all Albino
Albino x Het Albino = 1/2 Albinos and 1/2 Het Albinos
Albino x Normal = all Het Albinos
Het Albino x Het Albino = 1/4 Albinos, 1/4 Normals, and 1/2 Het Albinos. 3 out of 4 babies will come out looking normal, and 2 out of those 3 should come out Hets, so all normal-looking babies would be considered 66% Possible Hets.