Black Head

First Produced By: Ralph Davis Reptiles

Issues: Masks Genetic Wobble

First Produced In: 2002 [1]

Availability: Common

Last Updated: 2022-06-02

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About

The Black Head Ball Python was first produced by Ralph Davis in 2002. He imported “a crusty old male” in 1999 that had thick black bands and a black head.

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Issues

Blackhead, though many breedings programs, have proven to reduce the genetic wobble found in other morphs in its complex.

There are claims that the Super Blackhead does have a wobble of its own, but these reports are yet to be completely confirmed.

History

Although he had acquired the animal in 1999, it wasn’t until 2002 that Ralph Davis first paired the extremely dark import to a female.

Ralph has noted that he was not paying too much attention to this pairing, as he expected nothing much to come from it. Until one day when he checked up on the female and noticed she was coiled around a clutch of eggs, and she had been with them for some time as they were “dehydrated and lumpy”.

When the eggs finally pipped, Ralph instantly noticed they all had the exact same black head as the father, along with the thick black banding and bright white bellies.

In 2003, Ralph produced another clutch of Black Head, proving his suspicions that it was genetic. [2]

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Appearance

Head

The head of the Black Head Ball Python is dominated by a extremely dark coloration, with no or very little headstamp.

Body

The body of the Black Head Ball Python expresses thick dark banding and a bright golden dorsal.

Belly

The belly of the Black Head Ball Python is usually a clean bright white.

Tail

The tail of the Black Head Ball Python follows the colouration of the rest of the animal.

Proven Lines

No known proven lines.

Related Traits

Spider, Champagne, Hidden Gene Woma, Cypress (suspected), Bongo (suspected), Woma (suspected), Spotnose Complex (suspected)

Combos

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