Albino Ball Pythons are one of the genetic morphs of the Ball Pythons. They are also majorly found and native to Central and West Africa. Albino Pythons are the most beautiful and best-known morph of the Ball Pythons.
Albino Ball Pythons, despite their name, are not rare. They exist because of genetic disorders. We can normally find yellow/white-colored Albino Ball Pythons, but lavender-colored Albino Pythons are rare to find.
Is an Albino Ball python good as a pet?
Yes, they are. They are beautiful and are calm by nature. They love to be handled and are known to be less aggressive. They don’t need constant attention and it is enough to feed them once or twice per week depending on their age.
The Appearance of the Albino Ball Python
The Albino Ball Pythons lack dark pigmentation due to recessive mutation, which means they have much lighter shades in contrast to regular Ball Pythons. One of the common morphs is yellow, and can have either snow-white color or orange patterns, or cream/pink color patterns; this variety has red or pink eyes.
The Albino Ball Pythons are further bred to produce various color patterns such as the Banana Albino Ball Python and Lavender Albino Ball Python, among others. They have flat, square-like heads with boxy noses. The eyes seem to bulge a little from its head. It has more than 150 sharp teeth and moves in rectilinear motion.
Size of the Albino Ball python
Baby Albino Ball Pythons are called hatchlings. They don’t grow much in size, but they are heavy-bodied. The average size of the hatchlings is 25 centimeters, and 43 centimeters for adults. Their heads are smaller when compared to their body and slender neck. The adult Albino ball pythons grow about 4 – 5 feet and weigh about 3 – 5 pounds.
Adult female Albino ball pythons are larger than adult male pythons also have long and strong jaws compared to the male ball pythons.
Types of Albinism in Albino Ball Pythons
There are two types of albino ball pythons based on albinism, they are:
- T+(Tyrosinase positive): dark-coloredeyes and tongue
- T- Tyrosinase negative): red or pink-colored eyes and tongue
Albino Ball Python Diet
You can have them consume frozen mice, but make sure the mice are at room temperature before giving it to your Albino Ball Python.
They don’t eat vegetables so don’t give them any. They will always like all kinds of rodents. You can feed the baby hatchlings with pinkies, once per week and feed adult ball pythons once every 2 weeks.
Albino Ball pythons are carnivorous, so their diet consists of:
- Small birds
- Small chicks
Avoid feeding often because Albino Ball Pythons take more time to digest their food and to gain energy. Since they are nocturnal, it is better if you feed them at night. Overfeeding can lead to obesity, which can shorten your pet’s lifespan.
Albino Ball Pythons like to play in the water and live near a water source. For adult Albino Ball Pythons, always keep water in a large bowl so they can drink and soak when required. With younger ones, keep the bowl small so they can easily get out.
Behavior of Albino ball pythons
Albino Ball Pythons are the calmest and laziest. They don’t bite and lash out only if they are extremely provoked. When threatened, the Albino Ball Python becomes stressed and coil their body to look like a ball.
Albino Ball Pythons don’t like light and they will be active only during the night. Their hunting is even done at night in wild. Remember to NOT HANDLE THEM FREQUENTLY otherwise, they become stressed and may act aggressively and bite.
This aggressive behavior is usually elicited when they:
- Feel threatened
- Want to kill a prey
- You grab them
- When they are shedding
- When you are feeding them and you have the scent of the prey
They don’t usually bite, but if they do, wash the wounded area with soap and warm water. Use bandages to cover the wound. When the python hasn’t released its jaw within few seconds of biting, the bite may seem like a minor one but might develop into a major problem because of infection. When your pet bites, always seek medical attention.
Albino Ball Pythons are shed every 5 – 7 weeks. During the process, they will be more aggressive, so don’t try to handle them during that time. Don’t try to remove the shed skin on your own because it may hurt your Albino Ball Python. Also, note that they also don’t eat much during this period.
Do Albino Ball Pythons like to be touched?
Albino Ball Pythons are solitary species that don’t like to be handled much. But handling them once a day will make them friendly to humans. doing this regularly will give them the impression that humans are their friends and that no need to be defensive against them.
Once the Albino Ball Python recognizes you as a friend, they will move through your arms without aggression or won’t be defensive when you handle them. Despite this, remember to NOT handle them after you feed them because they feel irritated.
Reproduction in Albino Ball Pythons
Breeding Albino Ball Pythons are not easy. They attain sexual maturity only after 2-3 years and the breeding process may take nearly a year. You have to alter the vivarium temperature and humidity levels as it is in wild in winter if you choose to breed them during this time.
You have to alter the feeding as well and take care of them properly. The main problem is that most of the Albino reproduced eggs are infertile. There is nothing you can change about this because it completely depends upon the mating pair.
Female Albino Ball Pythons lay 4-8 eggs, and these eggs should be incubated for 50-60 days either by the female ball python or in an incubator.
Common diseases of Albino Ball Pythons
The following are the most common diseases Albino Ball Pythons contract. If untreated, then the Albino Ball Pythons will become sick or may even die:
- Respiratory diseases
- Ticks and mites
Abnormal symptoms to notice in ball pythons
- Unusually frequent or infrequent shedding
- Lethargic or reluctant to eat
- Abnormal feces
- Bumps or spots on the skin
- Labored breathing
- Difficulty shedding
- White, cheesy substance in the mouth
The life span of the Albino Ball Python
If you take care of the Albino Ball Pythons, their life as a pet may range from 20, even 30 years. It may even last up to 50 years, but it completely depends upon the type and how you take care of them. Albino Ball Pythons are believed to be the only snake species that have a longer life span.
Is it legal to have Albino Ball Pythons as pets?
Yes, it is legal to have all morphs of a Ball Python as a pet as it is mentioned in CITES paper Appendix II. Thousands of Ball Pythons are exported yearly, but there are a few restrictions that may apply; for example, some people export freshly caught wild ball pythons, which is illegal. Captive-bred ones alone are approved for export.
Always ask for CITES paper when purchasing your Albino Ball Python. Without that, owning your ball python will be considered illegal.