Albino (Purple Phase)

First Produced By: Bob Clark

Aliases: Purple Albino, Purple

Issues: N/A

First Produced In: 1993 [1]

Availability: Common

Last Updated: 2021-10-31

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The Albino Ball Python is possibly one of the most notable morphs in the reptile hobby. Albinos are amelanistic, taking all dark pigmentation and leaving bright yellows, sharp whites and a outlineless pattern. Bob Clark Reptiles proved the Albino as the first recessive Ball Python morph.

History

During April of 1993, I imported a male amelanistic reticulated python from Malaysia. In this snake, the gold pattern is replaced with bright lemon yellow, the gray areas with white, sometimes with a yellow wash, and the black areas with an almost translucent lavender color. The snake was wild caught when it was about 9 feet long, and it remains so two years later, due largely to the fact that it refused to feed voluntarily for almost exactly two years. In late April of 1995, the snake started feeding voraciously and now rarely refuses a meal. In spite of the snake’s difficult acclimation and its small size, it was observed breeding last spring, even though at that time it had still refused to feed. Heterozygous offspring were produced this year. I hope this morph will be available in the near future.

There is an incredible diversity of colors and patterns in normal wild type pythons. Some purists may frown on the popularity of the captive-propagated variants, believing that these animals are unnatural and somehow less worthy of their attention. If we consider the rest of the animals we keep as pets, indeed all of the organisms that have been associated with humans through history, the production of python color and pattern morphs is typical. There has always been the selection of desirable traits. Consider tropical fish, cage birds, orchids and agriculturally important plants and animals. Few would agree that a chicken with less meat and laying ability is more desirable because it more closely resembles its wild ancestor. The differences in goldfish and carp, and my dog and a wolf are both generally appreciated by the pet-keeping public and people in general. The future almost certainly will give us new python morphs and increased availability of existing ones. I, for one, am excited about the possibilities. [2]

Appearance

Head

The head of the Albino (Purple Phase) Reticulated Python is usually completely covered in a faded orange/yellow apart from the deep purple line down the dead center. Their eyes are usually a reddish orange with a red pupil.

Body

The body of the Albino (Purple Phase) has normal diamond patterning but the usually dark elements are full of intense oranges and deep yellows much like the White Phase, but with the whites being swapped out for lilac pigmentation.

Tail

The tail of the Albino (Purple Phase) follows the same colouration as the rest of the body.

Proven Lines

No known proven lines

Combos

  • Lavender Albino (100% Het Albino (Purple Phase) 100% Het Albino (White Phase))
  • Lavender Snow (Anerythristic 100% Het Albino (Purple Phase) 100% Het Albino (White Phase))
  • Lavender Tiger (Tiger 100% Het Albino (Purple Phase) 100% Het Albino (White Phase))
  • Purple Caramel (Caramel Albino (Foulsham) 100% Het Albino (Purple Phase) 100% Het Albino (White Phase))
  • Purple Snow (Albino (Purple Phase) Anerythristic)

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