When it comes to ball pythons, they are known for having an abundance of morphs. As a breeder who wants to get a ball python as a pet, you must first do your findings on the morph.
This is because there are many of them. So you would know which one to choose. Before going any further, let’s expound on what a ball python morph is.
When we talk of ball python morph, it’s simply the difference in the physical appearance of the snake. This difference in physical appearance is as a result of genetic mutation. The change in genes can occur naturally and can be engineered intentionally by a breeder.
Over the years when breeders found out what beautiful morphs they can create, deliberate crossbreeding became the new deal. This led to the emergence of various kinds of ball python morphs numbering in thousands.
Just when we thought that we have seen it all, there comes another stunning looking morph hitting the market with the full force of demand.
That said, this article will answer your question of how many ball python morphs are there. You’ll also learn which morph of ball python is the most fanciful, which is the most expensive, which morph is the most popular, and which morph is the rarest. Keep reading.
How Many Ball Python Morphs Are There?
As mentioned earlier, there are many ball python morphs such that the actual number seems to be elusive. As of 2016 after a research by the Woodland Park Zoo, a total number of 5000 ball python morphs were identified. However, as of 2020, the total number is likely to be more than that.
Some researchers put the total number of ball python morphs now to be 6500. You might be wondering, why do ball pythons have such a high number of morph? Well, no two individual ball pythons are the same.
They are either different in genes, base color, or pattern. They may look similar but in reality, they are not the same.
Besides, since the legal breeding of ball pythons for-profit sprang up some 50 years ago, many breeders do not just make fortunes out of it but have turned it to a hobby. The curiosity and the excitement of creating new looks of ball pythons gave rise to the high number of morphs.
Frankly speaking, as the year goes by more ball python morph will likely hit the morph market. Thus, there’s no limit to how many ball python morphs we will have as long as breeders are ever breeding.
The List Of 60 Common Ball Python Morphs
With the total number of ball python morphs numbering as high as 6500, it is practically impossible for us to cover all of them in this article. Thus, the focus of this article will be on the most common, popular, and most demanded morphs.
This section will not only give you their names but will describe their colors and patterns as well as their prices. In the end, you should be able to make your choice based on the design you like and the price you can offer.
|Ball Python Morphs||Color + Pattern||Price|
|Banana ball python||Tan background with a strong yellow color blotches and spots.||150 – 250 USD|
|Lavender albino ball python||Lavender base color with a well-defined, bright yellow pattern.||400 USD|
|Super Orange Dream Piebald ball python. 50% PH Clown||White base color + golden or orange color markings.||8,500 USD|
|Black Pastel Candy PiedBall Python||White background with yellow spaced patterns.||10,000 USD|
|Enchi Spinnerblast Orange Dream YellowBelly Malum Piebald Ball Python||Faint yellow or butter color background with full white sides and underbelly.||12,000 USD|
|Nr Mandarin Pied Ball Python||Deep rich oranges background with a higher black pattern.||15,000 USD|
|Sunset ball python||Deep red-orange base color. The red is very deep along the spine, and fades to orange and yellow on the sides.||4,000 – 20,000 USD|
|Monsoon ball python||Deep brown background color with tan color speckles.||4,000 – 12,000 USD|
|Stranger ball python||Deep black body color, + brown upside-down teardrop shapes along the sides. There is a brown blushing between each teardrop. The most impressive feature of this morph is a bright tan broken stripe that runs down the spine.||7,800 USD|
|Banana Chocolate Spider Ball Python||Tan base color with faded thin markings.||500 USD|
|Normal ball python||Deep black with large golden or deep yellow patterns.||65 USD|
|Axanthic VPI line ball python||Silvery gray body color with faded black patterns.||300 – 350 USD|
|Lemon blast ball python||Intense coloration of dark brown and black with pinstripe patterns.||400 USD|
|2020vpi Axanthic Spider Enchi Ball Python||Light purple or lilac sides and underbelly with silvery-gray back and dark brown markings.||700 USD|
|Axanthic ball python||Gray, black or brown base color. Color changes as they get older.||375 USD|
|Mystic ball python||Silvery grey or white and black body color. Looks like a darker Mojave with burnt orange highlights.||100 USD|
|Piebald Ball Python||Neutral white base color with brown or black or yellow patterns.||200 – 800 USD|
|Acid ball python||Dark base color with a lighter pattern on the top of the head.||1,500 USD|
|Albino ball python||White with bright yellow patterns and pink eyes. There are several other types of albino ball python. The high contrast and the low contrast. The high contrast albinos have distinctive patterns while the low contrast albinos have faded or nearly white patterns.||300 – 400 USD|
|Blue eyed leucistic ball python||White scales with blue eyes||400 – 1000 USD|
|Butter ball python||Caramel brown background with white underbelly and yellow or butter colored patterns.||100 USD|
|Bumblebees ball python||Black and yellow scales.||175 USD|
|Candy or candino ball python||Gray or silver background with yellow patterns.||400 USD|
|Champagne ball python||Light tan to dark brown body color and white under-belly.||300 USD|
|Cinnamon ball python||Dark brown with black patterns.||75 USD|
|Coral glow ball python||Bluish-purple base color with golden markings.||400 USD|
|Fire ball python or super fire ball python||Brown to black base color with toasted Brown patterns.||400 USD|
|Ghost ball python||Brown, yellow or green and gray base color.||75 – 100 USD|
|GHI ball python||Dark base color with gold patterns.||3,000 – 10,000 USD|
|Ivory ball python or super yellow belly||Whitish yellow||300 USD|
|Lesser ball python||Similar to butter ball python.||90 USD|
|Mojave ball python||Black, brown, or yellow background with white under-belly and creamy patterns.||60 – 4000 USD|
|Pastel ball python||Yellow base color with few patterns, pale looking or green eyes and high blushing.||75 – 150 USD|
|Phantom ball python||Light brown to black background with golden patterns.||125 – 200 USD|
|Pinstripe ball python||Caramel brown body color with stripe patterns along the back side.||70 – 100 USD|
|Spider ball python||White, black, or light brown base color with black patterns on the back.||70 USD|
|Super blast ball python||Bright yellow with pinstripe patterns and light lavender head.||200 – 400 USD|
|Vanilla ball python||Blushed-out brown body color with a faded head.||150 – 400 USD|
|Yellow belly ball python||Yellowish tint under-belly and a speckled pattern bordering their scutes.||50 – 140 USD|
|Chocolate ball python||Darker brown or black base color.||100 – 250 USD|
|Tiger ball python||Light yellow color that fades to an orange patterning along the sides as they get older.||200 – 400 USD|
|Woman ball python||Banded patterning on the sides that lightens up towards the spine with yellow lips.||250 USD|
|Black pastel ball python||Shadowy gray base colorswith dark, dusky black.||1,000 USD|
|Blue eyed Lucy ball python||Faint yellow dorsal stripes with blue eyes.||700 USD|
|Bongo pastel ball python||Black base color that fades to white along the sides of the belly as they get older.||300 – 500 USD|
|Clown ball python||Tan and brown base color with copper undertones||200 USD|
|Dreamsicle ball python||White or pinkish in color with “clouds”||2,500 USD|
|Lavender albino ball python||Lavender base color with a well-defined, bright yellow pattern.||400 USD|
|Highway ball python||Copper-brown to gray-brown body color.||550 – 650 USD|
|Fire Ivory ball python||Pink-lavender body color with graying blushing.||375 USD|
|White ball python||No pigment with standard dark eyes.||650 USD|
|Spotnos ball python||Faded light-brown spotting pattern on a dark alien head.||150 USD|
|Purple passion ball python||Lavender-pink bodies with patternless sides||400 USD|
|Ringer ball python||A small spot or ring of white near the end of their tail. Which is why it’s called ringer.||150 USD|
|Pewter ball python||Light-brown or tan base color with a thick stripe along the spine.||200 USD|
|Scaleless ball python||Completely scaleless with only belly scales.||2,500 USD|
|Killer bee ball python||Yellow background color and a purple tone that turns to lavender or grey hue as they get older.||170 – 300 USD|
|Queen bee ball python||Faded or pale-looking brown back and head with a white belly.||200 – 600 USD|
|Fire bee ball python||Satiny-gold base color with rich coffee-like brown pigmentation instead of black. The high contrast form of the fire ball python is the Black Eyed Leucistics that is a white snake with black eyes and red pupils.||150 – 1750 USD|
|Orange Dream Spider Firefly Clown Ball Python||Nearly white sides and white under-belly will dull yellow and faded brown markings on the back.||2,500 USD|
How Do You Know Which Morph Your Ball Python Is?
Although it’s common to mistake a particular ball python morph with another, it is quite easy to tell which is which. The morphs with the same gene line may look alike but they’re not the same.
Basically, when identifying a ball python morph, you’re to look at the overall color, head color, and patterns. Some ball python morphs will have the same base color, but the head color and patterns will be different.
Naturally in the wild, ball pythons have black base color. They have dark backs and dark upper heads. On the sides, they have some evenly spaced pale-looking rounded blotches from the neck down to the tail.
Every other morph with different base color and patterns are the variance of the normal coloration. Due to crossbreeding, the base color of most morphs range from pale-looking browns to yellow, all white and dull white colors.
Some of the morphs with yellow and white base colors have a different shade of the main color. We have morphs with a dull and bright yellow base. We also have morphs with pure white and black base color.
This difference is why there are no two ball python morphs that are the same. As mentioned earlier, this article cannot cover all the ball python morphs. If the morph of your snake isn’t discussed in this article, then it’s wise to research it to be sure.
What (Which) Morph Is A Fancy Ball Python?
This will vary greatly with individual preferences. What I find fanciful might be a complete deal-breaker or turn off for you. The most fanciful morphs are the two to eight gene combo morphs. The reason behind this is simple.
These morphs carry the traits (colors and patterns) of their component genes. Therefore making them to have fanciful colors and patterns.
Having said that, the ball python morphs most breeders found appealing (fanciful) are the morphs with piebaldism. They include:
- The Enchi Spinnerblast Orange Dream YellowBelly Malum Piebald ball python.
- The Black Pastel Candy Pied ball python.
- The Super Orange Dream Piebald ball python.
- Scaleless pied ball python.
- OD Clown Pied ball python.
What (Which) Is The Most Expensive Ball Python Morph?
The most expensive ball python morphs are the designer morphs. Designer morphs are the two, three, four, or even five to eight gene combo morphs. These are morphs that are not only beautiful but are rare to come by.
They are also the latest in market morphs. Besides, these are also the morphs with the highest demand. Like with every other product, when demands supersede supply, there’s going to be an increase in price.
With this, the most expensive ball python morphs as of 2020 are:
- The Nr Mandarin Pied ball python. It is a two-gene combo of Piebald and Nr Mandarin. It is sold for 15,000 USD.
- The Enchi Spinnerblast Orange Dream YellowBelly Malum Piebald ball python. This morph is an eight-gene combo snake.
It has the traits of Pinstripe, Malum, Spider, Yellow Belly, Piebald, Pastel, Enchi, and Orange Dream. It is sold for 12,000 USD at morphmarket.com.
- The Black Pastel Candy Pied ball python. It is a three-gene combo snake of piebald, candy, and black pastel. It is sold for 10,000 USD.
What Is The Rarest Ball Python Morph?
Undoubtedly, you’ll find tons of articles online arguing which ball python morph is the rarest to find.
Some of these morphs are among the most expensive ball python morphs such as the ones mentioned earlier. The piebald ball python morph is one of the morphs other writers consider rare.
However, from our intensive research and interaction with some full time experienced breeders, we have found out that piebalds are not the rarest to find ball python morph as of 2020. The most recently created ball python morphs are.
Just to dissolve a doubt, there are different morphs of ball python that are called piebald. Any snake with piebaldism (that is with the piebald gene) will have a “piebald” in its name.
Read more on Piebald Ball Pythons here.
Simply put, each morph gets its name from all the component genes. For instance, a Solid White Panda Pied gets its name from the four genes that make it up. The Piebald, Pos Het Candy, Pos Het Albino, and Super Black Pastel.
That said, the rarest to fine ball python morphs as of July 2020 are the Super Tiger Morph, Tiger, Snow Sun Fire, Platinum Piebald, Golden Child Orange Ghost Stripe Sunfire.
What Is The Most Popular Ball Python Morph?
A ball python morph that is popular is common to get. It is also one of the most expensive and highly demanded morphs. A certain ball python morph that is popular or common today may not be desirable again in a few years to come.
Thus, what ball python morph that is the most popular varies with time. A few years ago, the BEL ball python morph was the most popular. Because of such popularity, it was sold for as high as 20,000 USD. However, that same morph today barely sells for 1000 USD.
The same thing applies to the Lavender Albino ball python morph. About 2-3 years ago the morph was sold for 40,000 USD. But now the highest you can get the Lavender Albino ball python is 7,000 USD.
Using market demand and price as criteria, the most popular ball python morphs today include the Nr Mandarin Pied ball python and the Enchi Spinnerblast Orange Dream YellowBelly Malum Piebald ball python.
These two snakes are sold for 15,000 USD and 12,000 USD respectively. Other popular morphs include Spider, Lesser, Axanthic, Mojave, and pastel ball pythons.
From this article, you would agree with me that if you want to make ball pythons your pets you have to take some time to research about its different morphs.
Even if you can’t cover all the morphs, at least you get to know the most popular, common, and the most sought-after morphs.
Moreover, this subject of morphs should be more paramount to you if breeding ball pythons for profit or as a career is what you aim at. You can’t go into a business you know nothing much about.
Like I said, the total number of ball python morphs can’t be covered in this article. We advise that you read more on each ball python morph you’re considering to buy.
The difference between a good and successful breeder and a struggling keeper is the amount of information they have. Thus, how much you know about your snake will make you a good keeper.
Note that the prices indicated in this article is a range of prices at which you can get each individual snake. What price you’ll pay will be determined by the age and size of the snake.
In addition, market demands and individual pet stores you buy your snake from will also influence the price. All the same, best of luck with your pet. We would love to hear from you.