In this day and age, there are various incredible GHI Ball Python combos you can get your hands on (and for a reasonable price). However, for those who aren’t already aware; The GHI Ball Python is a rare formulated gene of Snake, which arises from the Ball Python family.
The GHI Ball Python is a snake that comes in various morphs, and they’re considered to be a rarity in the reptile world. This particular gene creates unusual morphs with distinct features such as jumbled patterns and iridescent color variations—something which many people can’t produce on their own accord.
The meaning behind the letters “GHI” stands for “Gotta Have It,” and in many people’s opinions (including my own)- the GHI Ball Python is a gene that you need in your collection! Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced reptile lover, don’t be afraid to invest your buck into a unique gene such as the GHI. If you’re still interested, continue reading to learn more!
Are GHI Ball Pythons Dangerous?
The Ghi Ball Python, when preparing to kill its prey, will unexpectedly jump out and try to bite with its teeth. He’ll also wrap its body around the victim in an attempt of strangulation. However, thankfully, we aren’t considered to be prey to such creatures, therefore making them NOT dangerous towards humans.
On the flip-side, however, GHI Ball Pythons can still be a threat for additional household pets, like cats, dogs, or other furry friends. Unfortunately, they can be considered dangerous for this.
Regardless of the length which you’ve owned your Python, never allow another species too close to one another.
How Much Do GHI Ball Pythons Cost?
On average, you should expect to pay between as little as $300 to as much as $3000 for a single GHI Ball Python. The price depends significantly as to which GHI morph you’re after, as well as what avenue you choose to go down.
Some breeders might charge you less than others, due to reasons such as breeding experience- the python’s genetics, or other factors. Keep this in mind when GHI Ball Python hunting.
The cost mentioned above also does not include additional prices you’ll be expected to pay when caring for a GHI Ball Python.
These additional costs may include: (but are not limited to)
- Terrarium/Tank (Housing)
- Food and Water
- Electricity and Heating
Remember: Please carefully consider prior, whether you are willing and capable of caring for a GHI Ball Python before purchasing one.
How Big Does a GHI Ball Python Get?
As your GHI Ball Python reaches adulthood, you can expect him to grow as big 4 – 6 feet long, or 48 – 72 inches. Their size is said to be the ideal length for many reptile owners, as snake tanks and good-quality terrariums can be on the pricier side- the bigger the reptile.
Their 4 – 6 foot long bodies are a considerably significant difference, especially in comparison to their size as a hatchling- which is approximately 10 inches in length.
Overall, the male GHI Ball Python will end up being more prominent than a female GHI, which is entirely reasonable for this particular morph.
Are GHI Ball Pythons Good Pets?
If you’ve got your eye on a particular GHI Ball Python morph- you might be happy to know that they’re an ideal pet for almost everyone! Both experienced and beginner reptile-owners enjoy caring for this particular species for many reasons. However, the main one is for their easy-going nature, passive approach, and calm manner.
The cost of living and maintenance is also a fantastic benefit that comes with owning a GHI Ball Python, making them an excellent pet to own! Requirements such as housing, tank-decor, and food + water are pretty cheap- in comparison to the maintenance of other reptiles.
Overall, their friendly attitude, easiness of care, and perfect size don’t go unnoticed. And for these reasons alone, the GHI Ball Python is considered to be a good pet for basically everybody.
GHI Ball Python Cool Facts
If you weren’t already aware, the GHI Ball Python is a unique and rare co-dominant morph of the Ball Python. Find below a few cool facts that we believe you’ll enjoy learning about the GHI Ball Python:
They Can Change Colors
The GHI Ball Python is incredibly unique, as it possesses the ability to change its body color during the night time!
GHI was a Random Chosen Name
Like most people, many breeders name their morphs after their company- however, in the instance of the GHI Ball Python, “GHI” stands for “Gotta Have It.”
They’re Known for an Abnormal Pattern
A GHI Ball Python pattern is abnormal in appearance- often resembling “alien heads” which covers their bodies. Because of this, their nick-name is “alien head,” sharing a slightly similar appearance to the Normal Ball Python.
GHI Ball Python Genetics
The information behind the genetics of a GHI Ball Python is limited, despite the discovery made by Matthew Lerer in 2007. What we do know, however, is that the GHI Ball Python is a codominant morph that produces a dark chocolate-colored body with light streaks throughout its back.
The most impressive feature of this particular morph, however, is its unique ability to change colors during the night-time.
How Rare Are GHI Ball Pythons?
GHI Ball Pythons are considerably rare morphs that can cost prospective buyers to fork out hundreds to sometimes thousands of dollars for a single python. The genetics, history, and essential information regarding the GHI Ball Python is limited- meaning the chances to get your hands on one is unfortunately slim to none.
For previous or current GHI Ball Python owners, however, can certainly appreciate and respect the reason as to why they’re so rare and expensive- given their visual uniqueness as a morph.
Breeding GHI Ball Pythons
Breeding a GHI Ball Python takes time and patience, and depending on the morph combo you’re aiming for- it may take numerous attempts to ace your ideal python finally.
The breeding stage is an intricate process, attempting to accurately create a python that has the famous “jumbled-gene” pattern, which most GHI’s have. They’re also a species that require full-stage maturity before breeding occurs, as younger snakes fail in an attempt.
Overall, the GHI Ball Python isn’t an easy or a cheap morph to breed; thus, it’s understandable why breeders charge what they do for one-of-a-kind morph combos.
GHI Ball Python Shedding
Although the GHI Ball Pythons shedding cycle is unclear, it is believed to have a near-identical cycle to the standard Ball Python. To begin, as your GHI Ball Python grows- you can expect him to shed regularly.
Usually, shedding of their dead skin occurs every 4 – 6 weeks– and they shouldn’t have any problems before, during, or after the process.
Here are some tips you can follow if your GHI Ball Python is about to shed:
- Expect a decrease in appetite.
- Lack of movement may be prominent.
- Anxiety or aggressive nature may increase.
- Give your GHI space (before and after shedding)
- Continue to provide water in their tank.
- Examine the dead skin to ensure the process has been completed.
Most Popular GHI Ball Python Morphs
Thanks to the help of breeders, and GHI Ball Python lovers; there are numerous different morphs of this gene around that continue to WOW everybody. Apart from the regular GHI Ball Python, find below a descriptive list of some of the most popular GHI Ball Python morphs on the current market:
1. GHI Mojave Ball Python: Most likely, the most common GHI morph, the Mojave usually has a mid-brown colored body, with yellowy-silver markings on their body. The pattern continues to resemble the normal GHI. However, they can sometimes have a few more staggering lines moving down their backside.
2. GHI Pastel Ball Python: The colors on a Pastel is usually a yellow/golden tone color with chocolate-covered markings (in the shape of alien heads.) The tones on their body are also vibrant.
3. Banana GHI Ball Python: Mixed with two co-dominants (The Banana Ball and GHI Ball,) the color on a Banana GHI is like no other! Their body is a peachy-pinky/brown color, with vibrant yellow markings scattered throughout their body.
4. Sterling GHI Ball Python: When you mix two co-dominants and a Super, the Sterling GHI Ball Python makes a name for itself! It’s silvery/brown toned body color in conjunction with their extremely white-colored markings make them both valuable and popular.
5. GHI Spider Ball Python: Lastly, the GHI Spider shares the best of both worlds- changing the typical “spider-web” pattern into a jumbled (but beautiful) mess that covers their entire body. Colors are primarily light/medium-brown, with yellow or golden markings.