Phantom

First Produced By: Ralph Davis Reptiles

Aliases: Suspected Mystic

First Produced In: 2005 [1]

Availability: Higher

Last Updated: 2021-12-07

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About

The Phantom ball python is an incomplete dominant mutation discovered in 2005 by Ralph Davis Reptiles. The Phantom alters both colour and pattern. According to Ralph Davis, the Phantom was a gene that “kinda happened by accident”.

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History

Some time around 2001, Ralph raised an odd female African import and bred her to his Goblin male because she had a similar, though less aberrant, look to her and he was interested in pushing his Goblin project further. The pairing produced offpring that resembled the African import, as well as Normals and what Ralph calls “Goblin Markers”. According to Davis, “Markers” had a lot of the Goblin traits in the sides and the belly scales.

A year later, Ralph made the same pairing and got the same results, leaving him “stoked” at the idea that the import may be genetic, but they were nothing special in his eyes. The “Markers” were what had Ralph’s attention as he figured they came from the Goblin father, meaning his Goblin project was moving forward.

For the next two years, Ralph kept everything that came out of the Goblin x “Phantom” breedings, including the Normals, with plans to breed the Goblin male back to all of his daughters. In 2003, he gave the Goblin male the season off from breeding, and with the belief that Phantom was incomplete dominant, would breed it into another incomplete dominant morph to produce some combos.

He went with a Lesser male to breed to two Phantom females without high expectations because “the Phantom is so drab looking”, but both clutches produced Blue Eyed Leucistic ball pythons.

In 2005, Ralph bred one of the BluEL males to a Phantom female and produced Super Phantoms, BluELs, Lessers and Phantoms. In the same year, he also paired a male Phantom that had “Goblin Markers” to a female Phantom and produced a Super Phantom with “Goblin Markers”. [2]

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Appearance

Head

The head of the Phantom ball python is usually completely covered by a light brown colour, with a very little, if any, spot of blushing.

Body

The body of the Phantom ball python usually displays little amounts of blushing along its black/dark brown body, which is made up for by the bright contrasting “flames” that come up from between the light yellow “alien heads”. The alien heads themselves are usually more triangular than that of a Normal ball python, with the majority tending to have singular “eyes”/“keyholes”.

Tail

The tail of the Phantom ball python usually expresses very little blushing as it follows the colouration of the rest of the body.

Proven Lines

No known proven lines.

Related Traits

Combos

  • Deep Purple Passion (Mojave Pastel Phantom)
  • Karma (Lesser Phantom)
  • Leche (Mocha Phantom)
  • Phantom Potion (Mojave Phantom)
  • Purple Passion (Mojave Phantom)
  • Sphere (Lori Phantom)

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