Albino Ball Pythons as Pets-Costs, Facts, Genetics and Morphs

Albino Ball Pythons-Everything You Need to Know

Snakes may seem scary or digesting looking, but once you learn more about the 41 different types of python in the world, they really aren’t that bad after all!

Like the Albino Ball Python – also called the “Royal Ball”. – It is a basic morph of the Ball Python with a characteristic amelanistic trait that creates the pale skin that covers its body, along with its signature red or black eyes and tongue to match.

You may have more questions about this intriguing snake and I’m here to answer them, so let’s get started.

Are Albino Ball Pythons Dangerous?

For the most part, Albino Ball Pythons are not dangerous in most cases, outside of protecting their eggs or their hatchlings; and it’s also good to know that the morph type of a Ball Python does not determine how aggressive it will be towards you.

Albino Ball Pythons are typically easy-going snakes that rarely attack unless provoked. They spend most of their time slithering, balancing their internal body temperature, and sleeping.

Male Albino Ball Pythons are usually less aggressive than the female due to genetics and the social construct of the male not having much to defend.

Female Albino Ball Pythons can become assertive when they are bothered or if she feels as though her little babies are being assaulted.

Also, although they are capable of wrapping around the neck of a baby, Albino Ball pythons are not big enough to wrap around a human adult or child’s body, so there’s no worry about if an Albino Ball python can constrict you to death, because they can’t.

How Much Do Albino Ball Pythons Cost?

One of the best parts about the Albino Ball python is the fact that they are very inexpensive animals to purchase, no matter the circumstance; however, the status of the Ball python can have an impact on the cost of it.

When it comes to baby or young Albino Ball pythons, you can expect to spend anywhere between 150 and 200 dollars.

This range of cost is based on the fact the female Ball pythons produce a large litter of baby snakes , so it’s fairly simple to get one when requested, as well as the fact that it’s easier to maintain and train them when they are younger.

Adult Albino Ball pythons usually cost more and range between 250 and 500 dollars. Factors that determine this price includes the breeder’s fee, as well as the location that it comes from and the overall size of the Albino Ball python.

How Big Does an Albino Ball Python Get?

As a hatchling, Albino Ball pythons begin their lives at about 1 foot long, and will remain this size for the first month or two before their initial growth spurt kicks in.

As they continue to grow, they will become longer and length and thicker in girth; this process happens exponentially and can last for several months to a year, netting the Albino Ball pythons length at about 2 feet long and their body being 3 to 4 inches in width and girth.

By the time the Albino Ball python hits sexual maturity, between 2 and 3 years old, they grow a bit more until their body is fully capable of producing the sex hormones associated with creating more snakes.

By this point, the adult Albino Ball python can reach between 3 and 5 feet long, 6 to 8 inches wide. This puts them in the category of a medium size snake, and is big enough to be cool, while still small enough to comfortably keep as a pet.

Are Albino Ball Pythons Good Pets?

Albino Ball Pythons are one of the rare morphs of pythons that seem to enjoy interaction with their caretaker and typically do well as pets for several reasons.

First, they are less likely to strike you. Once your Albino Ball python is familiar with its territory and feeding schedule, they become accustomed to the routine fairly easily; and since you are constantly appearing and giving them food without hurting them, they don’t see you as a threat.

Additionally, they can be taken to the Veterinarian’s office for a low-cost due to the fact that it’s a snake and isn’t affected much by the bad habits of society and the pollution that it causes; also, snakes rarely get sick.

Another reason why Albino Ball pythons make good pets is because they enjoy being held from time to time.

Your body’s temperature is much hotter than the pythons, which means they will use your body as a way to stay warm when their body is too cold; thus, giving off the impression that Albino Ball pythons like to “snuggle up”.

Albino Ball Python Cool Facts

To start, not all Albino Ball pythons are white!

Majority of them may start off as a high or low-contrast pale white, but there are other colors that exist. Although still in a pale form, Albino Ball pythons can range in many different colors including lavender, red, orange, and even cinnamon!

Another cool fact about the Albino Ball python is that they don’t breed very often.

While other animals can mate once or twice a year, the Albino Ball python doesn’t reach sexual maturity until 2 ½ to 3 years old; once that happens, it then takes another full year for them to go through their mating process.

If they are lucky, they may fertilize or produce an egg; emphasis on “may” because it turns out that most male Albino Ball pythons are infertile.

And if Albino ever got pulled over by the cops, they would be in huge trouble because Albino Ball pythons cannot slither in a straight line.

To rectify this, they have to dig their body into the ground and use their stomach muscles to shove their body forward in small pushes; this type of movement is called rectilinear motion, and it’s common to both Albino Ball pythons and Inchworms.

Albino Ball Python Genetics

The Albino Ball python is a basic morph of the Ball python and can range in many different styles of colors; yet, these colors are usually the paler version of its bolder self and that’s because of the significant genetic mutation called the T-recessive gene.

The T stands for Tyrosinase-albino and is the defining feature of all Albino ball pythons. This recessive gene dominates the Albino Ball pythons’ body and creates variations of the standard Ball python; from the color of the scales, eyes, and tongue, to the way that they move around.

The paleness that is caused by this gene ultimately makes our slithery friends amelanistic, meaning that there are no dark colors on these snakes, and they are left with light and subtle vibrance of different colors.

The contrast of the scales is also determined by the T-albino recessive gene; for example, they can be high-contrast with a yellowish-white color, or a low-contrast creamy white tone.

How Rare Are Albino Ball Pythons?

Original Albino Ball Pythons are one of the most secluded and rare types of Ball python considering the fact that they contain the T-recessive gene, which is rare for most animals, and they don’t engage in an abundant amount of sunlight and won’t see them around very often.

Albino Ball pythons are native to the central and western Sahara regions of Africa, and you are more likely to see an Albino man or woman before you see an Albino Ball python.

The Ball pythons that are in other countries have been shipped there and bred over time to create more Albino Ball pythons and intriguing variations of the original look; this is the process for creating “designer breeds”.

Designer breeding for Ball pythons was started by Bob Clark in the early 1990s to create variations of Albino Ball pythons that could produce some sort of light-colored hue or shade for future Albino Ball pythons, and it worked.

How Do I Know If My Albino Ball Python is Shedding? 

Shedding is a vulnerable time for any snake of any breed, and there are several noticeable signs that your Albino Ball python is shedding, including:

  • Your Albino Ball Python may hide more often or rarely come out of its shaded shelter.
  • The eye cap that shields the python’s eye will begin to loosen up so it can shed along with the skin, which causes your Albino Ball pythons eyes to turn to a cloudy blue color.
  • Your snakes’ belly may look more pinkish than usual and their skin will begin to look dull and old.
  • It may be more defensive or seem nervous.
  • It will rub its body against a hard-rugged surface to rid itself of the annoying hanging dead skin.
  • It may soak in water for longer than usual.
  • Your python’s appetite will decrease, or they may not eat at all.

Shedding is a natural form of growth for snakes, and there is nothing you can do about the process except for providing your python with a functional and comfortable environment for their shedding process to be efficient and as quick as possible.

Most Popular Albino Ball Python Morphs

Albino Ball pythons’ morphs are becoming more popular as the breed expands. 

Some of the most popular Albino Ball pythons’ morphs include the: 

  • Coral Glow Lavender, which has a vibrant yellow and white skin pattern
  • Albino Champagne
  • Albino Mahogany, which has a light brown tint
  • Albino Leopard which has a loose pattern of strong yellow dots and streaks all over its body, like that of a leopard.

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