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    The albino morph is the one that started it all for ball pythons. As early as the 1980's, there were albino ball pythons in captivity in the United Kingdom and the US. The morph was proven to be simple recessive by Bob Clark in 1992.

    There is a fair amount of variability within the common yellow and white look of the albino ball python. Hatchlings may start out a very dark yellow or even orange, with a sharply contrasting white background. Adult colors vary between bright lemon yellow and pale soft buttery yellow, with many different degrees of contrast to the white background. The white may stay crisp and sharp, or may develop pale yellow blushing. The heads can be almost a solid yellow or be white with yellow markings. The eyes are bright pink with red pupils. All these different variations have come through selective breeding until we have different looks referred to as "high contrast albino", "low contrast albino", or "yellow head albino".

    The scientific term for this phenomenon is "amelanistic" which means the animal lacks the melanin needed to create the dark pigments normally seen in the skin and eyes.




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