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50 Types of Ball Python Morphs (With Pictures)
The ball python is a common and popular snake. It is a manageable size, tends to have a decent friendly or even temperament, and there is a huge range of morphs available, which means you can get the look and style of snake that appeals to you.
Morph refers to the specific genetic mutation of a snake. So, a snake with yellow and black scales is a different morph to one with white and yellow scales, even though they are the same species. The choice of morph not only affects how they look, however, and it can have a huge impact on availability, ranging from extremely common to almost impossibly rare and this has a knock-on effect on the price.
Below are 50 of the most popular ball python morphs to help you decide which is best for you and your family.
The Acid Ball Python has only been known since 2015. They have a dark brown or black base with golden brown spots. They have a yellow belly and a black zipper. Although new, this morph has increased in popularity and you may have to pay upwards of $1,000 for an Acid Ball Python.
Albino morphs are well known for their yellow and white scales, as well as their pink eyes. They are rare because this morph only occurs when both parents carry the gene. They cost around $400.
The Axanthic morph is a recessive morph whereby the snake has the same markings as a traditional ball python but consists of shades of silver, black, and white. Expect to pay around $200 for this morph.
The first example of a Banana morph sold for $25,000 in 2003. While they have become even more popular since then, they are also more readily available. This morph, with its tan base and yellow blotches, now costs around $200.
The Black Ball Python is an affordable morph, costing no more than $100, and looks very similar to a standard ball python except that he has a single black line running parallel to his spine.
6. Black Pastel
The Black Pastel morph has a gray-black base with standard ball python spots. It is a relatively easy morph to find, and you shouldn’t have to pay more than $200 for one of these snakes.
7. Blue-Eyed Leucistic
Leucistic Ball Pythons lack any pigmentation, and it can take five or more generations of selective breeding to achieve a Blue-Eyed Leucistic Ball Python. This difficulty means that you can expect to pay $1,000 for a BEL Ball Python.
8. Blue-Eyed Lucy
The Blue-Eyed Lucy is not quite as rare as the Blue-Eyed Leucistic and they aren’t truly albino. One will set you back around $700, and they are easier to locate than the aforementioned morphs.
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9. Bongo Pastel
The Bongo Pastel combines a Bongo morph with that of a Pastel morph. These snakes are purple when they hatch and have blushing on the back of the head, thanks to the pastel morph. Set aside $400 for a Bongo Pastel Ball Python.
The Bumblebee is not a naturally occurring Python morph and can only be created by breeding a Spider with a Pastel, resulting in the yellow and black scales that give this morph its name. A regular Bumblebee morph costs $200, while the brighter yellow Killer Bee costs $500.
The Butter Ball Python has yellow and caramel scales. This is an affordable morph, and you can pick up a good example of this kind of ball for around $100.
The Candino combines the Albino morph with the Candy morph and results in a snake with yellow blotches and a lavender base. You won’t find this type of snake in the wild and will have to pay around $400 for a good example of this designer morph.
Candy morphs are very unusual. They start out albino at birth and get darker as they get older. Created in 2009, this is one of the newer ball pythons and you will pay $300 for one.
The Champagne, or Puma, morph is unusual because it lacks traditional markings and is colored somewhere between light and dark brown with a stripe down its spine. Although this morph is quite new, having been bred in 2005, they are available for around $200.
Costing around $100, the popular Chocolate morph has a dark, chocolate color base, with caramel-colored keyhole spots. They are quite a common morph and were recognized as a distinct genetic variant in 1999.
The Cinnamon Ball Python is a common morph that will cost less than $100 but the Super Cinnamon, which is created by crossing two Cinnamons, will set you back around $400. Super Cinnamon Ball Pythons are a dark cinnamon color with no markings, and their color fades with age.
Discovered in 1999, the Clown Ball Python, so-called because the first discovered example had a teardrop shape marking under its eye, is tan and brown with copper. They have a reduced pattern with a wide stripe.
18. Coral Glow
Coral Glows, or White Smokes, have bright orange blotches on a dark lavender base. The blotches have a yellow edge which gives them the appearance of glowing, hence the name Coral Glow. These morphs cost $250.
The Dreamsicle can take four generations of breeding. They combine an Albino-Lavender and Piebald, and they are white or pink with orange clouds on their body. Expect to pay more than $2,500 for this rare morph.
The inexpensive Enchi morph is available for $100 or less and has orange sides with blushing on their head pattern. It can be difficult to recognize this morph when they hatch, but the difference will become increasingly evident as they age.
The Fire Ball Python will cost $100 while the Super Fire, which is bred by combining two Fire Balls and commonly referred to as a Black-Eyed Leucistic Python, will cost you $400.
22. Fire Ivory
Costing around $400 and having a truly unique appearance with lavender base and gray blushing, the Fire Ivory, which is properly known as the Fire Super Yellow Belly, has a yellow stripe along its spine.
23. Ghi Ball Python
The Ghi Ball Python has a light belly and a black base color over its back. They were first discovered in 2007 and are relatively inexpensive morphs, costing approximately $100 each.
The Ghost morph has reduced pigmentation. This is a commonly seen mutation and was first recorded in ball pythons in the 1990s. This morph will cost approximately $100.
The Highway is created by crossing the Gravel with a Yellow Belly morph. They have a copper base color and may have small rings along their body. Expect to pay approximately $500 for this unique looking morph.
Bred from two Yellow Bellies, the Ivory’s appearance is somewhat unpredictable. The Ivory will have a patternless but attractive light pink body. The head will be a lavender color and may have patches. They cost around $250.
27. Lavender Albino
Combining the appearance of the Albino and the Lavender morph, the Lavender Albino has a lavender base, yellow pattern, and red eyes. Those with a clear contrast in their pattern tend to cost more, and a Lavender Albino will normally set you back around $400.
28. Lemon Blast
The Lemon Blast costs $200 and combines a Pastel and Pinstripe. The resulting morph has a fine lined pattern and dark colors.
The Lesser is a cheap morph, costing around $100, although you pay a little more for a more unusual pattern. Although it was unique when first created, this morph, which has a blushed base color with spots along its back, is now one of the most common morphs.
The Mojave is one of the most recognizable of all ball python morphs. It was first bred in 2000 and this morph is commonly used to produce incredible patterns in future generations. Its popularity and prevalence mean that this morph is available for $100 today.
The Mystic morph is rare, has a dark brown base at birth but can become a purple color as they age, and it is this color-changing tendency that gives rise to the Mystic name. Despite its uniqueness, the Mystic costs a reasonable $150.
The Pastel is a basic morph and has a normal pattern but they have a unique pale green eye color. They also have white lips on a pale head. Pastels are available for less than $100 each, while Super Pastels can cost twice this amount.
Pewter is a designer morph, which means that it is not found in the wild. It has a light base color and a thick spinal stripe. The pattern and color are uniform in all Pewters and this morph costs $200.
With a black base and yellow alien heads, the Phantom morph is commonly kept by breeders and because it is a common morph, one can be bought for $100.
The Piebald is a highly recognizable ball python morph. It has a white base and patches of color and uneven pattern. Most Piebalds have a normal head and costs vary according to the ratio of white in the snake but typically vary between $300 and $400.
The Pinstripe is a popular morph. The snake has a brown base color and has a patternless stripe that stretches down the back of the snake. Expect to part with $100 for a good-looking example of this morph.
37. Purple Passion
Combining the Mojave and Phantom morphs has given light to the Purple Passion markings with a lavender body and patternless sides. They have been bred for more than 10 years and typically cost $400 each.
A common morph, the Red gene only affects the color of the snake and this morph has blotches with a red hue. It can bring out the red in other morphs so is popular with breeders and is usually available for $100 for a good example.
The Ringer is usually used by breeders because it can expose snakes that carry the Pied gene, which is one of the most popular of all morphs. A Ringer is relatively cheap and this morph is available for about $100.
As the name suggests, the Scaleless morph has no scales. Instead, it has skin. Some examples do actually have a limited number of scales, but the fewer scales one of this morph has, the more it will cost, and prices can reach $2,500.
The Spider morph has a brown base and dark bands and spots. It also has black markings on its head and this morph can be bought for $150.
The Spotnose gene only really affects the head of the snake and gives it more alien head shapes with a light spot pattern. Pay around $150 for this morph.
The Stormtrooper was bred accidentally in 2015. The resulting snake was white with dark markings. Over time, the black pattern overtook the white base, but the effect has never been repeated, which means that this morph is not available for purchase.
The Sunset is a hybrid morph that was bred in 2012. The red snake has a dark-red head but also has copper spots. Now available for around $1,000, the first example of this type of b all p ython sold for a staggering $70,000.
45. Super Blast
Crossing the Super Pastel with a Pinstripe led to the breeding of the Super Blast, a very popular morph with bright yellow color and black vertical lines. The popularity of the morph means that one may have to pay as much as $400 for one.
The Desert Enchi, or Tiger, morph is a light yellow and orange base. It has a pattern consisting of bands and spots, and the intensity of the pattern determines the price you will have to pay, but this ranges from $200 to $400.
Commonly used by breeders for their ability to bring out the colors in other genes, the Vanilla morph has a blushed brown base and faded head, as well as normal patterns, and costs $100.
The White Ball Python is, as the name suggests, a pigmentless snake with no pigmented scales. They do retain their dark eyes, however, and will cost you around $650 for a good example of this morph.
The Woma Ball Python resembles the Woma Python, hence its name, and although they are a basic morph and available for around $250, they are actually difficult to breed. They cannot be crossbred with themselves, because the Super Woma dies quickly, and they produce unpredictable offspring.
50. Yellow Belly
The Yellow Belly Morph looks like a standard ball python except that they have a yellowish tint on their bellies. Their similarity to standard balls means that they only cost $50.
Popular Ball Python Morphs
We have included 50 of the most popular morphs, but there are thousands of possible combinations and unique morphs available. Once you step into the world of ball python morphs, it is very easy to get lost in it and to research and discover new morphs.
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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.
- 1. Acid
- 2. Albino
- 3. Axanthic
- 4. Banana
- 5. Black
- 6. Black Pastel
- 7. Blue-Eyed Leucistic
- 8. Blue-Eyed Lucy
- 9. Bongo Pastel
- 10. Bumblebee
- 11. Butter
- 12. Candino
- 13. Candy
- 14. Champagne
- 15. Chocolate
- 16. Cinnamon
- 17. Clown
- 18. Coral Glow
- 19. Dreamsicle
- 20. Enchi
- 21. Fire
- 22. Fire Ivory
- 23. Ghi Ball Python
- 24. Ghost
- 25. Highway
- 26. Ivory
- 27. Lavender Albino
- 28. Lemon Blast
- 29. Lesser
- 30. Mojave
- 31. Mystic
- 32. Pastel
- 33. Pewter
- 34. Phantom
- 35. Piebald
- 36. Pinstripe
- 37. Purple Passion
- 38. Red
- 39. Ringer
- 40. Scaleless
- 41. Spider
- 42. Spotnose
- 43. Stormtrooper
- 44. Sunset
- 45. Super Blast
- 46. Tiger
- 47. Vanilla
- 48. White
- 49. Woma
- 50. Yellow Belly
- Popular Ball Python Morphs