First Produced By: BHB Reptiles , Louis Porras

Aliases: Amel, Amelanistic

Issues: Photophobia

First Produced In: 1995

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Last Updated: 2022-04-22

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Albino is a recessive mutation.

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While the word photophobia literally translates to a "fear of light”. Its not actually that you are scared of light, but instead, are incredibly sensitive to it. Animals with albinism experience photophobia due to the lack of pigment in the iris, which does not allow the eyes to filter out light.


Amelanism first appeared unexpectedly in the collection of the Hortenbachs in Leipzig, Germany, in 1989. By the mid 1990s, they had produced a number of specimens and proven the trait is inherited as a simple recessive. At this point, the group was sold to Louis Porras, who successfully brought the mutation to market in the U.S. beginning in the late 1990s. Around the same time, breeder Brian Barczyk also imported amelanistic Hondurans that later proved to be from the same bloodlines. [1]

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Amelanism causes the total loss of all melanin (dark pigments such as black or brown). The eyes are pink to light red in color. Amelanistic examples are powerfully influenced by the lighter yellow and orange pigments. While tricolored specimens are a clean, bright red with pink and white to pure yellow bands, tangerine specimens may exhibit white or yellow bands enhanced to such brilliant orange red that they appear to be bicolored orange red snakes with white bands. Many intermediate variations exist, as well. Many of the original albino Hondurans possessed very high band counts, and thus quite narrow rings. They have since been bred out to wider-banded Hondurans and much variation in band count can now be found in the marketplace. [2]

There are four main color phases of the Amel.

First, is the sometimes pretty drab Tri-colored Albino. When they are born they are nice, clean and bright but as they age they tip out and are just kind of yellow and white.

Second is the four colored Albino. Usually bright red, yellow, orange and then tipping in the yellow is red or peach.

Third is the bi-colored or high yellow. These are very attractive as adults. They start out as tri-colors, but at about two years the inner band will have bled through and created a two colored albino. Mine are really bright red and yellow.

Third of course is the Tangerine Albino. There is a large range on these and the lower end ones are being called peach phase. This is a good name because they are way above average but not quite a Tangerine. When the inner bands are as wide and as bright as the back ground then you have a real winner. [3]

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  • Hybino (Albino Hypo)
  • Pearl (Albino Anerythristic Hypo)
  • Snow (Albino Anerythristic)

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