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The ball python is a common and popular snake. It is a manageable size, tends to have a decent friendly or even temperament, and there is a huge range of morphs available, which means you can get the look and style of snake that appeals to you.

Morph refers to the specific genetic mutation of a snake. So, a snake with yellow and black scales is a different morph to one with white and yellow scales, even though they are the same species.

The choice of morph not only affects how they look, however, and it can have a huge impact on availability, ranging from extremely common to almost impossibly rare and this has a knock-on effect on the price.

Below are 50 of the most popular ball python morphs to help you decide which is best for you and your family.

The 50 Popular Ball Python Morphs

Acid Ball Python Morph

The Acid Ball Python has only been known since 2015. They have a dark brown or black base with golden brown spots. They have a yellow belly and a black zipper.

Although new, this morph has increased in popularity and you may have to pay upwards of $1,000 for an Acid Ball Python.

Albino Ball Python Morph

Albino ball python morphs are well known for their yellow and white scales, as well as their pink eyes. They are rare because this morph only occurs when both parents carry the gene. They cost around $400.

Axanthic Ball Python Morph

 

Axanthic ball pythons lack red and yellow pigments in their scales (similar to how albinos lack brown, black, red, or orange pigment).

This leaves the Axanthic with varying gray, black, white, brown, and silver colors.

They have a high contrast normal pattern that tends to turn brown with age.

Since the recessive trait was discovered in 1997, these snakes have been sold to breeders around the world to create more morph variations.

Banana Ball Python Morph

The first example of a Banana ball python morph sold for $25,000 in 2003. While they have become even more popular since then, they are also more readily available.

This morph, with its tan base and yellow blotches, now costs around $200.

Black Pastel Ball Python Morph

The Black Pastel morph was first bred in 2002. After the first clutch was born, it was determined that the morph is a codominant gene.

They are currently being sold for between $150-$200.

This morph is known known for its dark, dusky black and shadowy gray base colors. Their pattern has a lot of blushing too.

These snakes have a completely unmarked belly.

Breeding two Black Pastels produces a Super Black Pastel, which can be solid black or dark with some visible patterning.

Super Black Pastels are typically high contrast snakes with rusty colored blotches and a black base.

Black Ball Python Morph

The Black (Black-Backed) Ball Python is an affordable morph, costing no more than $100, and looks very similar to a standard ball python except that he has a single black line running parallel to his spine.

Blue-Eyed Lucy Ball Python Morph

Bongo Pastel Ball Python Morph

The Bongo Pastel combines a Bongo morph with that of a Pastel morph. These snakes are purple when they hatch and have blushing on the back of the head, thanks to the pastel morph. Set aside $400 for a Bongo Pastel Ball Python.

Bumblebee Ball Python Morph

The Bumblebee ball is a very intricately patterned snake bred from the Pastel and Spider genes.

They are mostly tan-yellow with thin black spots and stripes and varied specks of white. The brightest yellow morphs are called “Killer Bees” and retain their color into adulthood, unlike most snakes that fade with age.

Many keepers love Bumblebees for their gorgeous patterns.

Some breeders use the Bumblebees to provide more vivid colors in other morphs.

Darker variations of tan-yellow are $175, but a Killer Bee costs $450 depending on the level of contrast.

Butter Ball Python Morph

The Butter ball is a calmer variation of the yellow morphs that costs $100.

It is a basic mutation that causes soft, creamy-yellow markings highlighted by a caramel-brown.

Their mellow colors descend directly from the wild.

They were first isolated in 2001 when careful breeding determined they possess codominant genes. Two Butters bred together to create Super Butters.

Some of the Supers are pale yellows, but others are actually Blue-Eyed Lucies. It can take several generations and a bit of luck to obtain Blue-Eyed Lucies from pure Butters!

Candino Ball Python Morph

The “Candino” is a mix of the recessive Albino and Candy genes created in 2012.

They are a designer ball python meaning they possess such rare mutations that have an almost 0% chance of occurring in the wild.

They have a light pink or lavender base color and a bright yellow blotched pattern. There is a slight fading around the blotches, highlighting them for a truly spectacular appearance.

To purchase a Candino you should expect to pay $325 or more.

Candy Ball Python Morph

Candy morphs are very unusual. They start out albino at birth and get darker as they get older. Created in 2009, this is one of the newer ball pythons and you will pay $300 for one.

The Candy ball Python was first recognized in 2009.

They are truly interesting because of their drastic color changes that occur as they age. They are one of few morphs that become more desirable with age, costing around $350.

Candy balls are hatched looking albino, but quickly begin to wash out in color. They start to take on dark lavender, gray, and beige base colors while keeping the bright yellow patterning.

An interesting fact about Candies is that though they possess recessive genes, they display codominant patterns with Albino and Toffee morphs.

Candy and Toffee morphs were caught from the same bush in Africa, stemming controversy about the legitimacy of their morph separation.

Champagne Ball Python Morph

Costing around $100, the popular Chocolate ball python morph has a dark, chocolate color base, with caramel-colored keyhole spots. They are quite a common morph and were recognized as a distinct genetic variant in 1999.

Also called the Puma, the Champagne morph is one of the most unique patterns of any snake in this list.

They tend to be anywhere from tan to dark brown in color with a light stripe down their spine. Other than their color gradient, these snakes lack any real pattern.

Because of their unique pattern they are often bred to create variations of patternless morphs. They can brighten and/or reduce patterns when mixed with other morphs which makes them valuable to breeders.

Chocolate Ball Python Morph

Costing around $100, the popular Chocolate ball python morph has a dark, chocolate color base, with caramel-colored keyhole spots. They are quite a common morph and were recognized as a distinct genetic variant in 1999.

Chocolate ball pythons are a basic morph with codominant tendencies.

Recognized as a genetic variant in 1999 these snakes have been consistently popular costing around $100. However, a more intense color pattern may cost as much as $250.

They have dark chocolate-brown base colors with caramel colored keyhole and alien head spots.

Most of the spots have dark centers that are balloon shaped. They also have solid caramel spots along their spines, and their heads appear relatively normal in color and pattern.

Cinnamon Ball Python Morph

The Cinnamon Ball Python is a common morph that will cost less than $100 but the Super Cinnamon, which is created by crossing two Cinnamons, will set you back around $400.

Super Cinnamon Ball Pythons are a dark cinnamon color with no markings, and their color fades with age.

Clown Ball Python Morph

Discovered in 1999, the Clown Ball Python, so-called because the first discovered example had a teardrop shape marking under its eye, is tan and brown with copper. They have a reduced pattern with a wide stripe.

Coral Glow Ball Python Morph

Coral Glows were first named in 2002 but are also known as White Smokes.

They are one of the most well-known hypomelantistic morphs.

They are recognized by their dark lavender base coloration with bright orange blotches. Each of these blotches fades to a yellow color along the edge giving the illusion that the spots are glowing.

Some Coral Glow morphs resemble Banana ball pythons as they can have dark specks along their body.

Despite being available for over 18 years these morphs still cost $250 or more.

Dreamsicle Ball Python Morph

The Dreamicle can take four generations of breeding. They combine an Albino-Lavender and Piebald, and they are white or pink with orange clouds on their body.

Expect to pay more than $2,500 for this rare morph.

Enchi Ball Python Morph

The Enchi morph was first found as a breeding pair in Ghana, Africa in 2002.

A standard Enchi can normally be purchased for $80-$100.

Compared with normal ball pythons, Enchies are more vivid and have orange-tinted sides with a rounded pattern on the back of their head that shows blushing.

Their genes are codominant when bred to other morphs – so the patterns of their offspring are more defined.

In a hatchling, the color difference is almost too subtle to notice, but it will intensify with age

Fire Ball Python Morph

The Fire Ball Python will cost $100 while the Super Fire, which is bred by combining two Fire Balls and commonly referred to as a Black-Eyed Leucistic Ball Python, will cost you $400.

Fire Ivory Ball Python Morph

Also known as a “Fire Super Yellow Belly,” the Fire Ivory was first bred from Fire and Ivory morphs in 2012.

These snakes cost $375 and are truly unique in appearance.

Ivory ball pythons are a product of two codominant Yellow Belly morphs, making the Fire Ivory a combination of three genes.

They have a pink-lavender base color with gray blushing making them look dirty.

They are patternless expect for a single a yellow stripe along their spine. This unique pattern is exactly what makes them so desirable.

Ghi Ball Python Morph

The Ghi Ball Python has a light belly and a black base color over its back. They were first discovered in 2007 and are relatively inexpensive morphs, costing approximately $100 each.

Ghost Ball Python Morph

The Ghost gene is a snake with reduced pigmentation. This is known as a hypomelanistic coloration and it is the most commonly observed mutation.

Hypomelanism is a recessive trait that causes reduced melanin pigmentation (e.g. brown, black, red, orange colored scales). This gene was first recorded in ball pythons in 1994.

Ghost morphs have a normal pattern but are paler in color. They are lighter tans, yellows, and even have gray flaming along the sides of the spots at the belly side.

While the pattern is simple, this $100 morph can produce extraordinary clutches.

Highway Ball Python Morph

The Highway is created by crossing the Gravel with a Yellow Belly morph. They have a copper base color and may have small rings along their body.

Expect to pay approximately $500 for this unique looking morph.

Ivory Ball Python Morph

Bred from two Yellow Bellies, the Ivory’s appearance is somewhat unpredictable. The Ivory will have a patternless but attractive light pink body. The head will be a lavender color and may have patches. They cost around $250.

Ivory ball pythons are bred from double recessive Yellow Bellies.

These designer morphs are a patternless, pinkish-white color. They have a thin yellow stripe down their spine and jet black eyes.

Their heads, however, exhibit a dark lavender-gray blushing coloration. Sometimes Ivory pythons occasionally have bright yellow and black patches on their heads.

Though extremely unique and variable, they only cost between $200-$300.

Lavender Albino Ball Python Morph

The Lavender Albino morph was first discovered in 2001 and sold for $40,000!

This basic morph is a combination of recessive Albino and Lavender traits. They are a color mutation.

These snakes typically have a lavender base color with a well-defined, bright yellow pattern and red eyes.

Most have a very high color contrast and sharp clarity in their pattern that makes them very valuable.

Combining the appearance of the Albino and the Lavender morph, the Lavender Albino has a lavender base, yellow pattern, and red eyes. Those with a clear contrast in their pattern tend to cost more, and a Lavender Albino will normally set you back around $400.

Lemon Blast Ball Python Morpha

The 2003 Lemon Blast is a clever mix of the codominant Pastel and dominant Pinstripe genes.

This designer morph tends to have fine-lined, complex linear patterns of dark brown and black colors, sometimes with flecks of color scattered around the body.

The base color can be bright yellow to sunset orange with a lighter, pattern less pinstripe along the spine.

This snake is valued for its unique pattern and costs $200 from most breeders.

Lesser Ball Python Morph

The Lesser is a cheap morph, costing around $100, although you pay a little more for a more unusual pattern.

Although it was unique when first created, this morph, which has a blushed base color with spots along its back, is now one of the most common morphs.

Mojave Ball Python Morph

Another one of the most recognizable morphs, the Mojave was first bred in 2000. They are used for their gene codominance to produce incredible patterns – like the Blue-Eyed Lucy.

This Ball Python typically has a base color of dark brown to bluish-black.

Their pattern is a combination of deep browns and vibrant yellows with cream-colored flaming.

The “Mojave Pattern” is similar to the normal alien-head but has flaming and contains only a single small keyhole mark.

Pastel Ball Python Morph

The Pastel is a basic ball python morph and has a normal pattern but they have a unique pale green eye color. They also have white lips on a pale head.

Pastels are available for less than $100 each, while Super Pastels can cost twice this amount.

Pewter Ball Python Morph

The Pewter morph is an interesting combination of the codominant Pastel and Cinnamon genes.

These ball pythons typically have a light brown or tan base color with a thick stripe along the spine. They tend to have golden yellow keyhole patterns with dark brown or black centers and outlines. Some may have spots or more erratic patterning.

The color scheme is uniform for all Pewters. This designer morph was first bred in 2003 and can be purchased for $200.

Pewter is a designer morph, which means that it is not found in the wild. It has a light base color and a thick spinal stripe. The pattern and color are uniform in all Pewters and this morph costs $200.

Phantom Ball Python Morph

With a black base and yellow alien heads, the Phantom morph is commonly kept by breeders and because it is a common morph, one can be bought for $100.

The Phantom ball python possesses a gene that is extremely close, if not the same, as the one that causes the Mystic morph.

Phantoms are mostly kept by breeders because of their codominant traits.

Most of these snakes have a black base color that fades to tan as it approaches a white belly. Their pattern has dark golden-yellow alien heads with black spots. They also have spots along their spine with some striping towards the tail.

An interesting fact about this morph is that although it was proven in 2005, they were actually first produced by accident in 2001 during Ralph Davis’s Goblin morph project. Today, this python can be purchased for $100.

Piebald Ball Python Morph

The Piebald is a highly recognizable ball python morph. It has a white base and patches of color and uneven pattern.

Most Piebalds have a normal head and costs vary according to the ratio of white in the snake but typically vary between $300 and $400.

Pinstripe Ball Python Morph

First named in 2001, the Pinstripe morph is loved by many snake owners for the dominant stripe along their spine.

Pinstripes are popular with breeders because they are frequently used to mate with other morphs to reduce patterns and create a more pronounced spine.

For $100 you can purchase a Pinstripe.

These snakes are typically a light brown to copper color with a thick, patternless stripe that stretches from the back of the head all the way to the tail tip.

They also have thin stripes perpendicular to the pinstripe with some light-colored flaming.

Purple Passion Ball Python Morph

Combining the Mojave and Phantom morphs has given light to the Purple Passion markings with a lavender body and patternless sides. They have been bred for more than 10 years and typically cost $400 each.

Red Ball Python Morph

A common morph, the Red gene only affects the color of the snake and this morph has blotches with a red hue. It can bring out the red in other morphs so is popular with breeders and is usually available for $100 for a good example.

Ringer Ball Python Morph

Ringers are an interesting anomaly found within the world of morph breeding.

They have normal or specific morph patterns and colors, but are roughly 5% Pied (normally in their tail).

These snakes are born to standard Ball Python parents but display a small spot or ring of white near the end of their tail. This small amount of white is called a “ringer” and breeders use them to find snakes that may carry the recessive Pied gene.

The pattern of inheritance is unknown and having a Ringer doesn’t always mean the snake will produce Piebald offspring.

Scaleless Ball Python Morph

As the name suggests, the Scaleless ball python morph has no scales. Instead, it has skin. Some examples do actually have a limited number of scales, but the fewer scales one of this morph has, the more it will cost, and prices can reach $2,500.

Spider Ball Python Morph

The Spider morph entered the market in 1999 as a unique dominating gene.

Spider morphs have tan-brown base colors that pale along the spine. The color tends to become pale and specked along the sides of the belly.

They have thin, dark banding and spots along their bodies and distinct black markings on their head and face.

Ranked as the most popular morph, these snakes are in high demand and can be purchased for $150.

Spotnose Ball Python Morph

The Spotnose gene only really affects the head of the snake and gives it more alien head shapes with a light spot pattern. Pay around $150 for this morph.

The Spotnose was first bred in 2005 from a codominant gene.

This morph is named after the prominent circular spots on either side of their nostrils.

When compared with normal variations these snakes have more alien head shapes and have a faded light brown spotting pattern on their head with a dark background.

The Spotnose’s gene only affects the head pattern and facial colors when bred with other morphs, but otherwise has little effect on offspring.

A Spotnose can be purchased for $150.

Stormtrooper Ball Python Morph

The Stormtrooper was bred accidentally in 2015. The resulting snake was white with dark markings. Over time, the black pattern overtook the white base, but the effect has never been repeated, which means that this morph is not available for purchase.

Sunset Ball Python Morph

The Sunset is an unusual morph that was first bred in captivity in 2012 from a basic morph.

This deep auburn-red snake has copper colored spotting and a dark red head. They are completely unique and unlike any other morph in this list.

The first Sunset morph was sold for $70,000.

As the gene is now consistently reproduced, the price for this snake has dropped to $1000-$1500.

Super Blast Ball Python Morph

Crossing the Super Pastel with a Pinstripe led to the breeding of the Super Blast, a very popular morph with bright yellow color and black vertical lines.

The popularity of the morph means that one may have to pay as much as $400 for one.

Tiger Ball Python Morph

The Tiger is also known as the Desert Enchi.

The origin of this morph is unknown but they are a designer morph bred by combing a dominant Desert gene with a codominant Enchi gene. Tigers are a light yellow color that fades to an orange hue along the sides.

They have dark brown bands across their back with spots and shorter horizontal stripes throughout the pattern. They also have dark heads and noses with lighter portions along the sides of the face and the mouth.

Depending on the intensity of the color and pattern, a tiger morph can be purchased from $200 to $400.

Vanilla Ball Python Morph

Commonly used by breeders for their ability to bring out the colors in other genes, the Vanilla morph has a blushed brown base and faded head, as well as normal patterns, and costs $100.

White Ball Python Morph

The White Ball Python is, as the name suggests, a pigmentless snake with no pigmented scales. They do retain their dark eyes, however, and will cost you around $650 for a good example of this morph.

Woma Ball Python Morph

The Woma is a basic, dominant gene that was first produced in 1999.

This morph is named for their banding pattern because it mimics the Woma Python.

These snakes have brown sides that gradually lighten towards the spine. Their heads are dark with mild blushing and yellow upper lips. They also have dark bands across their bodies that become thinner towards the belly.

Yellow Belly Ball Python Morph

The Yellow Belly Morph looks like a standard ball python except that they have a yellowish tint on their bellies. Their similarity to standard balls means that they only cost $50.

Natural History

Ball Pythons have always been a cornerstone reptilian pet. They are a docile species that doesn’t get very large, are long lived (25-30 years or more) and are very easy to keep. In the 1990s genetic variations called morphs began to arise and captive breeding of this species began to become more popular.

Since it was much easier to get captive bred hatchlings to eat, captive breeding eventually became the standard and wild caught specimen became less and less desirable.

Over the next few decades a few initial genetic morphs turned into hundreds of gene combinations resulting in colors and patterns no one had ever seen. T

hrough selective breeding, you can now find Ball Pythons that are all white with blue eyes, grayish purple and yellow, orange and lavender, and patterned with stripes, spots, and many other amazing pattern and color combinations.

As more people have come to keep and breed these amazing snakes, they have become one of the most kept reptile pets in the world.

Habitat

Ball Pythons are found in sub-Saharan Africa in countries like Mali, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Cameroon, Chad, and Uganda. The majority of their habitat is dry grasslands, savannas and forest edges.

These terrestrial snakes can usually be found hiding in burrows and other underground hiding places where they avoid the African heat and aestivate (go into summer dormancy).

The burrows they hide in are frequently previous homes of the native pouched rats which the Ball Pythons have preyed upon. Depending on the temperatures, these snakes may spend up to 22 hours of the day in their burrows, only coming out to warm up and hunt or find water.

Housing

Ball pythons should be housed in enclosures that are twice as long and one time as wide as their length. Four feet in length is typical for ball pythons, requiring an 8ft x 4ft enclosure. All snakes are escape artists, and can be especially powerful and cunning when it comes to breaking out.

Ball pythons are a ground-dwelling species, so longer enclosures are preferred over taller enclosures. The enclosure should be large enough to provide a wide horizontal temperature gradient.

Caging should be made of sturdy, nonabsorbent material, such as glass, plastic, or Plexiglas.

For low maintenance enclosures, newspaper, butcher paper, and artificial carpeting are safe, easily cleaned, and inexpensive.

For a more decorative setting, a bioactive substrate, or living substrate, containing a mixture of numerous bases, including peat moss, potting soil, finely shredded bark, sand, and clay can be used. This type of substrate requires upkeep and demands close attention from the reptile’s keeper.

You still need to clean out the feces and urates on a daily basis. Pine and aspen shavings should not be used because they can get lodged in the mouth and may even be toxic. Sand, loose dirt and walnut shell are also readily available but are not ideal, except within the environment of a bioactive substrate.

All snakes MUST have a place to hide within their enclosure. A minimum of two hiding boxes or logs should be provided. One should be available near the heating source, and the other placed at the cooler end of the enclosure. These hides are their sanctuary, and you should not bother them while they are hiding.

Types of hides include a hollowed-out half-log, an empty cardboard box, terra cotta flower pots (with edges sanded down), or an upside-down opaque plastic container.

 

 

 

 

 

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