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    The Bamboo morph

    Hello All,
    I recently purchased another ball python. This time was a beautiful bamboo male. I have loved bamboos since I started getting into snakes. He is a paradox too. I talked it up with a man at the local reptile expo here that is held twice a month. He had several bamboos for sale and I just couldn't resist. At one point I had five of them iny hand and was examining each one. Lol. He had a beautiful bamboo Enchi, I like the greyer scale ones but the paradox boy caught my eye and I ended up with him. My question, I like his bamboo Enchi girl as well. I know you can make BELs with them, then bamboos then normals. What other genes would you suggest breeding a bamboo with? I understand it is all what you personally like. But is there anything to avoid? I really love that bamboo striping they have and like I said, I like them on the grey side (my guy is more beige). Enchi cleans it up I know. Just wondering what sort of things anyone more experienced would throw in there??

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    Since Bamboo is in the BEL complex here are what I would be wary on breeding him with:

    Albinos with BEL complex genes
    Albino BEL can have microphthalmia. This is also called small eyes or bead eyes. I've mostly seen it with Super Lesser, Super Mojave, super Russo's, and Mojave russos on morph market searches. I've also seen one that was a single gene Mojave albino with it.

    Pied with BEL complex genes
    Pied and BEL is another combo that can cause the small eyes to happen. I haven't seen it with the single gene of a morph like with the albino though.

    I think most other combos would be fine though. Just those two to watch for methinks.

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    Re: The Bamboo morph

    Bamboo is pretty delicate so any really strong gene I think tends to kind of cover it up. Personally I like bamboo with banana, but that might just be because I want them to be called "banamboos". I think the potential of bamboo is really only starting to be explored so it's a very exciting gene to work with!

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    Re: The Bamboo morph

    Thank You for the information on the Albino BEL, actually have never heard of that. Good to know I really appreciate your reply.

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    Re: The Bamboo morph

    That is good to know. I really like the look of bamboo, so I would probably steer clear of something that would break that pattern up.

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    Re: The Bamboo morph

    Oh, I totally forgot - calico/sugar will do some crazy stuff along the belly with bamboo

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    Re: The Bamboo morph

    Thanks for the input. I actually love calico. I have an OD Enchi Calico. I think that flare up of white brings it to another level.

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