21 Ball Python Morphs as Adults with pictures

There’s no doubt that ball pythons change as they age, the question is …

How much do they change?

Here at Infinite Scales we have over 30 female ball pythons we work with to make the incredible babies you’ll see in our shop.

Ball pythons show their patterns and colors the best when they’re babies since their scales are so small and condensed.
As they get older, and their scales get larger, they’ll sometimes dull out, darken or even lose color.

Here are 21 unique ball pythons as adults so you can see how they age and if it’s something you would like to have or work with.

(Estimated value is based on baby ball pythons on sale in the market with the same genes. It does NOT account for the age, sex, or breeding status of the snake)

1. Pastel Lesser

Estimated value: $150

This beauty has 2 codominant genes, Pastel and Lesser, working together to make this reduced pattern and bright yellows.
The Lesser gene reduces keyholes on its own while Pastel brightens her up, but the het clown is definitely adding something here.
Pastel also keeps ball pythons bright as adults where most morphs would dull out the colors. 

pastel lesser ball python in 2018, 2019, 2020

2. Fire

Estimated Value: $100-$500

Nicknamed “Fireball”1 this ball python can be identified mostly by its color. The whites come up high and few keyholes.
They usually have lots of banding, but with this girl she barely has any making her very interesting. Like some co-dominant genes we’ll discuss, this gene looks best when combined with another one to create something magical.
The Fire gene adds slight brightness in them.

3. Cinnamon Pastel AKA Pewter

Estimated value: $100-$150

This ball python has a darkened pattern thanks to the Cinnamon gene which reduces the yellows and browns. Adding the Pastel gene gives her some bright colors coming up the sides. You see the cinnamon gene working here too with the wacky alien head patterns on the sides. 

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4. Butter Pinstripe Spider AKA Butter Spinner

Estimated value $100-$200

This ball python is beautiful especially as a baby. Butter is a co-dominant gene and Pinstripe and Spider are both dominant genes. Butter gene softens up the yellows giving them a caramel look to them.

Pinstripe is a pattern changing gene that can be identified by the skinny black pattern all along the snake. They’ll also have a very clean dorsal hardly breaking if at all.

Spider gene also creates thin black lines on the snake so those genes stacked together make this beautiful reduced pattern, super bright snake

5. Champagne Het Hypo

Estimated value: $200-$300

Champagne is a co-dominant gene that on its own is remarkably unique. The dorsal is the most prominent feature on this snake while the colors on the side have little or no pattern and a smokey color.

As babies they can be anywhere from tan to bright orange. This girl’s color has faded but she still keeps that smokey look. 

6. Mojave

Estimated Value:

$100-$200

Adult Mojave Ball Python

Mojave is a co-dominant gene that creates various shades of browns, vibrant yellows, deep blacks…creamy highlights and flames.2 The pattern across most Mojaves are single dots in what would normally be an alien-head shape. They also have high flaming on the sides between each pattern. 

7. Hypo Super Mojave GHI

Estimated value: $600

Mojave is a co-dominant gene so they have a super form that creates an all white snake with blue eyes also known as a blue-eyed leucistic. This genetic phenomena can happen with any co-dominant gene as long as its on the same allele.

The only identifier of the Hypo and GHI on this one is knowing the parents’ morphs. (We’ll get into what the Hypo and GHI usually look like later in this post). 

8. Pastel Pinstripe Mojave

Estimated value: $200-$300

Once again we come across the Pinstripe gene that reduces the thickness of the black patterns.

The Pastel and Mojave are both color altering genes that work together to create a pastel yellow and light brown/tan.

As an adult this morph darkens making different shades of brown and dark outlining of the pattern. You still see that strong dorsal that goes all the way down the snake almost without breaking. 

9. Specter

Estimated value: $100-$150

 

Specter is a gene that is subtle to notice when side by side with a normal. You may see a lighter patch on the tope of its head and dorsal striping on the neck.3 This gene is mostly insignificant on its own.

The best thing about this gene is what it can make when combined with genes like Yellow Belly. This makes an incredible looking snake called the Super Stripe. 

10. Jigsaw

Estimated value: $100-$400

Jigsaw Ball Python

Jigsaw is the coined name for a Mojave(co-dominant) Pinstripe(dominant) ball python.

The Pinstripe gene gives this snake a wacky pattern with the signature almost solid dorsal stripe.

The Mojave adds some distinct patterns and it does a lot for the brown colors on this snake.

As an adult, the colors hardly fade and they keep those dark around the dorsal stripe more than any adult ball python I’ve seen. 

11. Super Pastel Yellowbelly

Estimated value: $200-$400

One of the best features on a Super Pastel ball python is the blushing on the head and what is normally dark on a normal ball python. Adding the Yellow Belly gene really brightens up the yellows.

As an adult the yellows darken just a bit as the scales age. They still keep the high flaming on the sides and dark framing around the patterns. 

super pastel yellow belly ball python over the years

12. Super Pastel Leopard 

Estimated value: $200

Just like the snake above we have a Super Pastel again but this time mixed with the Leopard gene.

As babies this morph has the beautiful contrasting colors of a Super Pastel and the wacky pattern of the Leopard gene. The Leopard gene keeps the pattern busy with banding, keyholes and crazy black pathways.

As an adult the pattern just keeps getting better as it grows with the snake. 

13. Hypo Pastel

Estimated value: $200

They hypo pastel is one beautiful snake that has the brightness and contrast of a Pastel ball python but the slightest fogginess of a hypo.

As a baby the most prominent hypo features are in the body while the head stays vibrant and contrasted.

14. Paint Spider Lesser Pastel

Estimated value: $300

The Lesser and Pastel genes are the ones to thank for the tan color on this ball python.
The Paint gene and Spider gene work together to create this clean pattern on the ball python. I love how the pattern looks like little “O”s along the sides.
All four of these genes are co-dominant so they work together well and create this beauty. Watching this guy grow is incredible as he lightens and the whites get higher.

15. Hypo GHI

Estimated value: $500

GHI(Got to Have It) is a gene that creates dark features on a ball python. It was proved out in 2010 by Matt Lerrer. 3 GHI as a darkening gene and Hypo as a lightening gene as a combination create something uniquely grey-ish and tan. GHI also creates wacky patterns that become more obvious as this girl ages. I love how the pattern outlines are dark and fade into a lighter grey. 

16. Puma and baby Puma

These two snakes have the same genes. So why do they look so different? Well, one is a baby and one is an adult.
Pumas are a combination of 2 co-dominant genes, Yellowbelly and Spark. Single gene Yellowbelly ball pythons are similar to a normal but have this distinct yellowing on their belly where a normal would be more patterned and tan, but they look very similar.
Single gene Spark also looks very similar to a normal. Combined they create a Puma. They hatch out with a beautiful prominent dorsal that is accentuated with the dark edges around it and very often have ringers like the one on the tail end of this one.
The best part is that they age to look almost white. This snake is definitely one that turns heads from baby to adulthood. 

17. Black Pastel Mojave Genetic Stripe Hypo

Estimated value: $800+

Another pair of genes that on their own look good on their own and combine to look absolutely stunning are these. Black Pastel and Mojave.
Black pastel is a co-dominant gene that increases the contrast and darkens the black on a ball python and makes the patterns gold.2
Mojave is also a color changing gene. Each on their own have patterns and colors but when bred together create this patternless ball python with a strong dorsal.

Both Genetic Stripe and Hypo are recessive genes and this girl is VISUAL for both. In other words she’s one of a kind.
This girl as a baby was almost a greenish color and turned into this beautiful gold. Her dorsal only slightly faded but is still bright and distinguished. 

18. Enchi Pastel Pinstripe AKA Lemonblast

Estimated value: $250

Pinstripe is the only dominant gene in this triple threat. It has the power to create large brown spots thinning out the black lines on a ball python. Adding Enchi makes the black even more reduced and brightens up the snake.
Pastel also does wonderful things to the color of this snake. Her color faded a little up top but she still remains bright on her belly and sides. 

19. Clown Banana

Estimated value: $800-$1700

Who gave this snake permission to look this cute? Clown has been a morph that has taken over the ball python community in popularity. The distinct pattern on its head and body make it a morph must have.
Banana is a classic gene that changes the color of the snake to bright yellows, oranges and even purples.
As she ages, this beauty is getting brighter and the pattern stays very clean. She even has the speckles that usually appear on a growing Banana ball python. 

20. Chocolate Calico Pinstripe Pastel Spotnose het Hypo

Estimated value: $800-$1000

Calico and Pinstripe are the dominant genes in this banger combo while Pastel and Chocolate are co-dominant.
The Pastel and Chocolate work well together in this snake making the dark darker and the brights brighter.
Calico is also a color mutating gene that together creates this beautiful snake.The Pinstripe pattern and subtle Spotnose features are the best things about her.  This girl stayed white on her sides like the signature colors of the Calico morph.

21. Leopard Mojave Spider

Estimate value: $300-$400

We’ve seen reduced patterns in lots of these ball pythons but none as clean as this. The beautiful caramel colors of the Mojave and Spider are amazing to see especially when compared to the previous snake. 

References

  1. https://www.nwreptiles.com/
  2. http://www.worldofballpythons.com/morphs/
  3. 173, Kevin McCurley, The Ultimate Ball Python Morph Maker Guide, 2014