Originally Posted by CATTYBIRD
Thanks I love him!
Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
Cool snakes. But have a question - explain the "morph" part to me?
Originally Posted by junior_j
Yeah i know nothing about snakes so erm.. i would like to know to lol
Oh dear, I was worried someone would ask about that
My best answer.... a Ball Python Morph is a gene that has been proven to be genetic rather than just by chance. There is a HUGE list of Ball Python morphs, in cat lingo I suppose it would be sort of like a breed of Ball Python. But, if you call a ball python morph a "breed" to someone that's a snake keeper you'll be put in your place right away!
Trust me on that one, if a ball python breeder reads this they might have a cow
Don't ask me what the difference is......
I'm very new to the ball python genetics, but I can tell you a little about the pastel morph. A pastel morph is a codominate gene, which means they are a visible gene carrier (a normal ball python cannot carry the pastel gene because they aren't pastel). If I breed this pastel guy to a normal female I have a 50% chance, on each egg, to have a pastel. If I breed this pastel male to a pastel female I would have a 25% change of getting a super pastel (much lighter and almost washed out), 50% chance of pastel, and 25% chance of normals.
I know it's a lot to soak up.....try talking to breeders with morphs that are dominate, recessive, 100% het, 66% het, possible 50% het, etc. (het means they carry the gene, but they need another het of the same morph, or a visual of that morph to make the desired morph).
There is so much to breeding!!!
Here are some pictures of the snakes I want in the future (dream snakes)
The next morph I will be getting! I LOVE Mojaves!
(sort of affordable, but I hope to buy one from a friend next year) they are usually lighter than this
(two of these would make a white snake with blue eyes)
another "affordable" morph, $150-$200 (pastel is also affordable)
if I bred two pastels together I would get a super (lemon is the line of that pastel, NERD developed them)
I was offered a GREAT deal on one when I bought my pastel, but a "great deal" is still $300....I had to pass
Two yellowbellys make:
And my SUPER dream snake:
(this is a $2,000+ snake, I would like to get some het pieds, they carry the gene and are much more affordable!)
And for fun
This is a $5,000+ snake (on the low end for designer morphs!)
If you are interested in seeing more morphs, here's a link to all the pictureshttp://www.newenglandreptile.com/ner...ollection.html
Sorry if it's all too much!