Albino Ball Python: Everything You Need To Know

Albino ball pythons are a popular choice for both new and experienced reptile keepers despite their rarity. With their wide and colorful variety of morphs, calm demeanor, and simplicity of handling, newbie serpent owners will almost always get them first. But before you go ahead and bring them home, it’s best to learn all about them! 

Although they are a popular choice for newbie snake owners, it takes dedication, time, and money to care for an Albino Ball Python, as it does with any pet, particularly an exotic pet. Caring for your albino ball python is a breeze with our comprehensive guide! Continue reading to discover the essentials of creating an ideal environment for your Albino Ball Python.

Origin Of Albino Ball Pythons

What is an Albino Ball Python?

Among reptiles, the Albino Ball Python is one of the most striking morphs. Because they are a-melanistic, albinos lose all their pigmentations save for solid yellows, whites, and an outline-less pattern. 

The first albino ball pythons were born in 1992 to the world-renowned reptile breeder Bob Clark. However, these snakes have been discovered in their native African habitats.

Africa is home to the albino ball python, a naturally occurring variation of the ball python. As the tiniest member of the python family, the ball python is one of 42 species found in Africa. Although albinos do exist in nature, most ball python variants sold as pets are the offspring of captive breeders.

There are at least four thousand color variations of the ball python nowadays! In the early 1990s, albino ball pythons were among the first exotic color variants to hit the market in droves. Probably because it’s so easy to breed, it’s so widely available.

Albino Ball Pythons At a Glance
Common NameBall Python
Scientific NamePython Regius
Experience LevelAll Levels – Beginner to Expert
Natural HabitatCentral and Western Africa
TemperamentDocile
Lifespan20 – 40 years
Size3-6 Feet (Adult)
DietMainly Rodents
Minimum Tank Size15-20 gallons (baby); 40 gallons (adult)

Origin Of Albino Ball Pythons

The origin of Albino ball pythons isn’t anything complex; it’s naturally occurring! The exact date of the first hatching of an albino ball python is a mystery. However, English botanist and biologist George Kearsley Shaw offered the first detailed description of the creature in 1802. 

Known initially as Boa regia, the name underwent several changes before finally arriving at its Latin form, Python regius. The term “Python Regius,” which means “royal python,” comes from the urban mythology that African kings and queens used these majestic serpents as jewelry. Specifically, Cleopatra has been attributed a role in the creation of this myth.

The ball python gets its name because it often coils itself into a small ball when threatened or anxious. Among African pythons, it is the tiniest and most adorable. One reason it’s so beloved as a pet in America is because it’s a non-venomous constrictor. 

Since then, herpetologists have found a plethora of other base morphs in the ball python species and created thousands of designer morphs. One of the earliest, though, was the albino ball python. 

It was the albino gene that first brought attention to the ball python species’ recessive mutations. If you wish to know more about their morphs, genes, and breeding, you might want to check out this video!

Characteristics Of Albino Ball Pythons

Among all the snakes I have owned till now, ball pythons have had the best-suited characteristics for those wanting to adopt a pet snake for the first time. Their beautiful appearance and calm, easy-to-handle temperament can appeal to newbies and expert pet serpent owners. 

The most significant characteristics I have noted down of Albino Ball Pythons are – 

Appearance

You can tell a ball python by its little head, which features two nostrils and two separate heat-receptive pits, one beneath each. Their bodies are big and stocky, but their necks are pretty narrow. 

Albino ball pythons typically have pinkish-to-red eyes and a white body with patterns of yellowish-to-orangeish hues. A large number of different morphs now include albino ball pythons. There are two levels of contrast in the typical albino: high contrast and low contrast. When they are hatchlings, it is hard to distinguish between the two. 

Still, as they age, low-contrast albinos gradually lose their white markings and turn nearly entirely yellow. Albinos with high contrast will still have a yellow-to-white contrast, but they will usually cost more than those with low contrast. These many differences are a result of selective breeding.

Size and Weight 

The ball python is the tiniest species of Python in Africa and is also relatively small. They can be anywhere from three to four feet tall, with a typical maximum of five feet (1.27 meters). Hatchings typically measure 8-12 inches in length. The body of a ball python is large and powerful, and its tail is rather short, compared to other snakes.

Because female ball pythons can grow to be substantially bigger than males, this reptile is classified as sexually dimorphic. When male ball pythons attain a weight of 500 to 700 grams, they reach sexual maturity. Before they can properly reproduce, females reach maturity at slightly greater sizes, often weighing between 900 and 1,500 grams.

Even though their growth rate slows significantly, ball pythons typically keep growing all the way through adulthood. Additionally, a female will occasionally achieve a weight of 5,000 grams or more when you feed them adequately

Characteristics Of Albino Ball Pythons

Temperament and Typical Behavior 

From my experience, ball pythons tend to be reserved and have a peaceful demeanor. You will notice that they prefer to remain hidden in their hides for most of their time. When they are babies, they are naturally more timid and frightened of people. But with the proper care and attention, they may overcome their fears and develop a tolerance for human touch.

I made it a routine to handle my baby ball Python every week to make it more comfortable with me. But of course, only for ten minutes per handling session! Handling a snake too roughly or too long can make it anxious and act defensively. Overall, when it comes to their temperament, they are very calm, making them popular among pet owners. 

What Makes Albino Ball Pythons?

The typical albino ball python, or T-Albino, is just a simple inherited mutation of the Ball Python. Although it shares the typical Ball Python patterning, its coloration makes it unique. Since they are a-melanistic, they don’t have any dark pigmentation. 

Their genetic mutation explicitly affects melanin production in the skin, eyes, and scales, resulting in a lack of pigmentation. Albinism is a simple recessive characteristic in ball pythons. For a child to be born with the albino phenotype, the albino gene must be present in both parents. 

As the letter “c” is commonly used to denote the albino gene, the genotype cc would be assigned to an albino ball python. Two albino ball pythons can breed with a 25% probability of having cc offspring, a 50% chance of having Cc carriers, and a 25% risk of having CC offspring. 

In adults, the “dark patterning” becomes lighter from its darker shade of orange-gold, which might seem like a dark yellow in juveniles. The “pale pattern” is a white or cream-colored body. Both their eyes and tongues will have a shade of pink or red. Red eyes are caused by a lack of melanin, which makes the blood vessels inside the eyes more noticeable.

Are Albino Snakes Healthy?

Although Albino Ball Pythons make the most adorable companions, you need to pay extra attention and care to them if you want to see them stay healthy. They are generally healthy pets but are not entirely immune to illnesses. A lack of melanin in Albino Ball Pythons does make them more vulnerable to diseases. 

Problems with the eyes and skin diseases are more common in albino snakes because of their genetic makeup. Here are a few of the most typical issues that albino snakes encounter with their health:

  • Blindness: Albino snakes are more likely to experience vision difficulties, including blindness, due to their increased reactivity to light. They risk developing corneal ulcers, which, if unchecked, can cause blindness.
  • Respiratory Issues: Albino snakes are also prone to many respiratory illnesses because of their delicate respiratory system, which bacteria can easily infect.
  • Mouth Rot: When germs invade your albino snake’s mouth, it can lead to mouth rot, also called infectious stomatitis. Malnutrition, loss of weight, or even death can result from this.

The average lifespan of an albino snake is significantly lower than a regular snake’s. Albinos typically have a lifespan of about 10–15 years when living in nature. But they have a 20–30 year life expectancy when in captivity. So, it’s no wonder many people pick albino snakes as pets. They have a better chance of survival in a controlled setting than in an unregulated one.

How Rare are Albino Pythons?

Albino snakes are extremely rare in the wild, even though they seem everywhere. Hardly any albino pythons exist that aren’t the product of selective breeding in the wild. Albinism is so rare that it affects only approximately 1 in 100,000 snakes born.

Additionally, many respectable snake breeders advise against advertising albinos. They believe that albino snakes are more prone to health problems, shortening their chances of adulthood. Therefore, if you plan to search for one of these unusual-looking critters out in the wild, be aware that it may take some time to find one.

Do Albino Ball Pythons Bite?

Although they are capable of biting, Albino ball pythons hardly attack people. Younger ball pythons may be more likely to bite, but even that’s rare. Usually, with a few months of training and socialization, your pet snake’s innate tendency to bite should be significantly reduced. 

Then again, even if it’s rare and Albino ball pythons seem very innocent with red eyes and pale skin, they can still bite if you handle them roughly. Following are a few situations in which your pet snake could act aggressively – 

  1. Your ball python is young and defenseless.
  2. You might be holding it improperly or grabbing it. When handling your Ball Python, support its entire body to prevent it from being grasped or held incorrectly.
  3. It has recently eaten and is still digesting the food, and you disturb it.
  4. It is shedding.
  5. The scent of its prey is still on your hands after handling it.

Are Albino Ball Pythons Venomous?

When handling Albino Ball Pythons, it’s easy to notice their calm and peaceful nature. However, we all make mistakes sometimes, and even I have been slightly rougher than usual. In such cases, they might bite you for self-defense or for whatever reason. However, you don’t need to be that scared, as ball pythons aren’t venomous or have any fangs. 

Are Albino Ball Pythons Venomous

The ball python lacks fangs. On the contrary, they can have a hundred teeth that curve inward. Nonvenomous snakes typically lack fangs. So when you get bitten, the bite marks can take the form of many curving teeth marks. Because of their lack of venom and fangs, their bites aren’t as severe as any other snake bites. 

However, even though Albino Ball Pythons don’t have venom or fangs, believe me when I say it still hurts! They have bitten me on more than one occasion, and you can get scratches, bruises, puncture wounds, and even deeper internal damage from them. 

The bite and the healing process from these bites may be painful. So, I always advise new Albino ball python owners to exercise extra caution when handling them. If you ever get bitten by accident, seek medical attention immediately. 

Conclusion

Among the hundreds of Ball Python morphs, Albinos are the most striking ones with their beautiful pale bodies, yellow patterns, and crimson or pink eyes. Their beautiful appearance led me to adopt one immediately, and I’m sure many of you also want to get one! These snakes are famous for their docile temperament and easy-to-handle nature.

But even so, you must know more about them before getting them! So we bring you all the information you need in this article. I hope you now know how to care for your new pet snake, provide the perfect environment, and bring them over without any worries! Thanks for reading till now.