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Albino Ball Python Morph

Nicole Cosgrove

July 17, 2021

Ball Pythons are one of the best beginner snakes for aspiring herpetologists. They are quite beautiful and have a calm temperament. Albino Ball Python Morphs are a shorter snake species and are mostly low maintenance. These are one of the only morphs that are naturally found in the wild. Morph refers to any snake that has a genetic mutation, such as being albino. If you are considering one as a pet or just interested in the species, read on to learn more!snake divider 2

Quick Facts about Albino Ball Python Morph

Species Name: Python regius
Common Name: Albino Ball Python Morph
Care Level: Beginner
Lifespan: 20-30 years
Adult Size: 3-5 feet
Diet: Rodents
Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
Temperature & Humidity

 

Humidity between 45-75%

Temperature between 75-85°F

Do Albino Ball Python Morphs Make Good Pets?

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The easygoing nature of the Albino Ball Python Morph makes them a great starter pet for new snake owners or experienced ones. When handled regularly this snake is quite docile. New hatchlings will be more nervous than young adults, and they may tend to curl up into a ball when being handled. Don’t worry, with normal handling they will come to trust you. Never try to strain your snake’s movements, let them move naturally in your hands. These snakes almost never bite, only biting when provoked egregiously.

Appearance

The Albino Ball Python Morph is a naturally occurring color variant of the Ball Python. Their coloring results from a recessive gene found in both parents. This produces amelanistic colors, but with the same pattern as a Ball Python. The coloring will be white with pale yellow patterns or a cream color with yellow patterns. Juvenile Morphs will have darker coloring that lightens as they age.

How to Take Care of Albino Ball Python Morph

Habitat, Tank Conditions & Setup

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 Tank

An adult Albino Ball Python Morph will need at least a 50-gallon tank to thrive. Bigger is always better if practical. Horizontal space is more important to them than vertical space, but they can still benefit from some décor such as sandblasted driftwood for them to climb on.

You should add in at least three hides placed throughout your tank for your snake to curl up in and feel safe. There should also be a shallow water dish that they can curl up and soak in. This water dish should be filled and replaced every day with fresh water.

Heating (Temperature & Humidity)

The enclosure should have a gradient temperature of between 75-85°F with a basking spot at 90°F. You should place a heating pad externally in one corner of the enclosure. The other side of the enclosure should have a day heat bulb and a targeted basking bulb to create the basking spot. At night, use a night heat bulb in place of the other bulbs to create a temperature variant of between 70-80°F.

The humidity of the enclosure should be kept between 45-75%. By having the water dish on the hot side of the tank this can help with the humidity. You can even add a waterfall feature that doubles as a humidity helper and entices your snake to drink more freshwater. You should mist the enclosure regularly or have a misting system installed.

Substrate

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 For adults, substrate made of cypress mulch or aspen bedding is preferred. Never use any substrate that could damage your python’s underbelly. For juvenile snakes, paper towel or newspaper will work well for substrate. The substrate should be 2-3 inches deep or 5-6 inches deep for a bioactive tank.

Tank Recommendations
Tank Type 50 gallon glass vivarium
Heating Heating pad on bottom of enclosure

Day heat bulb and targeted basking bulb

Best Substrate Cypress mulch or aspen bedding

Feeding Your Albino Ball Python Morph

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Albino Ball Python Morphs need to be fed a diet primarily of rodents, either mice or small rats. It is safest to feed them pre-killed and thawed prey. The prey should be the same size or smaller as the widest part of your morph. Juvenile morphs should be feed every week, while adults can be fed every 7-10 days. Pythons are more active at night, so consider feeding yours in the evening. You should not handle your snake 12 hours before and 12 hours after feeding.

Diet Summary
Fruits 0% of diet
Insects 0% of diet
Meat 100% of diet – small/medium-sized rodents
Supplements Required N/A

Keeping Your Albino Ball Python Morph Healthy

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There are some common health issues to look out for in Albino Ball Python Morphs. If you notice symptoms of any of these health issues, you should take your pet to an exotic vet right away.

Common Health Issues
  • Mouth rot. This will be identifiable by a change in color of the gums of your python or by them not being able to shut their mouth properly.
  • Respiratory illness. This will be noticed by bubbles coming out of their nose or gasping. This occurs when the temperature in the tank is too low compared to the humidity.
  • Dermal Fungus Infection. This will cause bloody lesions on your snake. This also occurs due to low temperatures.
  • Your snake may have been infected at the breeding site it came from with these small parasites. Look for small bugs on the eyes and mouths and excessive soaking.

Lifespan

Depending on how well your Albino Ball Python Morph is taken care of will determine its lifespan. They can live anywhere from 20-30 years old.

Breeding

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Breeding Albino Ball Python Morphs is extremely difficult. Often the eggs of the mother will be infertile. They do not reach sexual maturity until 2 to 3 years of age. The mating process can take up to a year. Make sure the mating pair is well fed and drop the temperature in the tank to mimic their natural mating habitat.

Are Albino Ball Python Morph Friendly? Our Handling Advice

Albino Ball Python Morphs are very friendly and can be handled with ease. They almost never bite, only doing so when extremely provoked. They take well to being handled and if you handle them regularly it will only get better.

Shedding & Hibernation: What to Expect

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A healthy Albino Ball Python Morph will shed its entire skin once every 4-6 weeks. This process can take anywhere from ten minutes to several hours. You should leave your snake alone and refrain from handling while they are going through their shedding cycle.

Albino Ball Python Morphs do not hibernate during the winter season, but they may go through a period where they refuse to eat during this time. If your snake still won’t eat by spring, then you should contact your vet immediately.

How Much Do Albino Ball Python Morph Cost?

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In the 1990s, you could expect to pay around seven thousand dollars for one Albino Ball Python! Thanks to the great popularity of these pythons, they are much more affordable now. A hatchling Albino Ball Python Morph will cost around $250, while a young adult will cost around $500. Additionally, females will tend to cost more than their male counterparts.

Care Guide Summary

Albino Ball Python Morph Pros Albino Ball Python Morph Cons
Friendly nature May bite if extremely provoked
Simple diet Eggs are often infertile

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Conclusion

The Albino Ball Python Morph is a friendly snake that is a great choice for beginner snake keepers. They lend well to being handled and rarely bite. Their beautiful markings make them even more unique to own. If you are a budding herpetologist, considering adding an Albino Ball Python Morph to your family.


Featured Image Credit: Tatem Marie Miley, Shutterstock

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.