Type: Incomplete Dominant
First Produced By: Vida Preciosa International
Complex: Spotnose Complex
Issues: Wobble in Super/Powerball
First Produced In: 2001
Last Updated: 2022-06-02
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The Spotnose Ball Python is a color and pattern altering mutation that can easily be told apart from a Normal Ball Python by its extreme head stamp, lighter colouration across its dorsal pattern and mostly circular “alien heads”.
The first Spotnose was produced by VPI in 2001, who also produced the Super Spotnose, aka “Power Ball”, in 2005, proving this mutation to be incomplete dominant.
The head of a Spotnose Ball Python is almost always dominated by a large headstamp, often said to look like a skull, with spots along the top lip. Note that the “nose” of the skull is the spot that remains in the center of the forehead even when the Spotnose is mixed with other morphs. This is where the name “spotnose” comes from. (Be careful identifying Spotnose if the python is mixed with a morph that fades out the headstamp, like pastel.)
The body of the Spotnose Ball Python is usually covered in circular, disconnected, “alien heads” that tend to exhibit singular spots, rather than the multiple “eyes” of a Normal Ball Python.
The belly of the Spotnose Ball Python is similar to that of a Normal Ball Python, with smooth bright scales and spotting being variable on an individual basis.
The tail of the Spotnose Ball Python is usually dominated by a serrated dorsal stripe.
No known proven lines