First Produced By: MonarchBall
Complex: Ultramel Complex
First Produced In: 2009
Last Updated: 2022-04-22
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Monarch is a recessive mutation founded by MonarchBall in 2009
Monarch is a line of Ultramel originally founded by MonarchBall.
Rance Meier - 2018: In 1999 I acquired a pair of very ugly pastels. Over the course of ten years, the snakes simply did not thrive. They were poor eaters, and it seemed like they would never grow. Around 2008 the pair started eating like crazy, and would breed every time I put them together. After a decade of testing my patience, the female was finally gravid. Once she laid, I was disappointed because there were only two good eggs in the clutch. After everything I had been through with these pastels, I shouldn’t have been surprised!
When the eggs hatched, I expected to find normals, pastels, or super pastels. But I did not! One baby looked like a Genetic Stripe, but very light in color, while the other had a more normal pattern. Their colors were a yellow orange, with a deep purple color, and both lacked black pigment. I was excited and confused at what I was seeing.
I now know that the parents are actually double heterozygous, het for the new gene Monarch, and also het for Genetic Stripe, both being simple recessive. The two babies ended up being a Monarch Pastel, and a Monarch Pastel Genetic Stripe.
A year and a half later, I paired the pastels again, and got a 7 egg clutch. The results were: 2 Super Pastels, 1 Genetic Stripe, 1 Pastel Genetic Stripe, 1 Super Pastel Genetic Stripe, 1 Monarch, and 1 Monarch Genetic Stripe. This clutch gave me the snake expressing the single Monarch gene.
I’m very excited about the Monarch Project, and what the future holds for it. This project is still very much in its infancy, and has tremendous room to grow. There are some great investors, both domestic and abroad, and I can’t wait to see what direction they take with this gene in their collections. 
The body of the Monarch Ball Python is full of heavy blushing and bright yellows across the lilac-chocolate “puzzle” pattern. Alien heads are usually cleaner than a normal, with less pixilation and “eyes” thoughout.
The tail of the Monarch follws the colourations of the rest of its body.
Ultramel (Suspected), Crider