Python Passion

Captive Bred Ball Pythons


The butter was first proven dominant in 2001 by Mark and Kim Bell, and later proven incomplete dominant (more often called "co-dominant" in ball python slang).  The butter is a beautiful velvety brown and yellow animal, similar to the lesser platinum; however, butters have more yellow in their pattern, and this color generally tends to strengthen as the snake ages rather than lightens as it does in lessers.  They do typically have the brown head and pale eyes that lessers have.  Breeding a butter with another butter, a lesser, or a mojave can produce the blue-eyed leucistic, a solid white snake with blue eyes.

We have a male butter in our collection.  He hatched in 2011, and we think the month was May.  He arrived here at Python Passion on June 28, 2011.  We have many hopes for our butter: our main goal is to pair him with our lesser in hopes of producing some blue-eyed leucistics, in addition to a future project with our ghost.  We also hope to pair him with some normals as well; his pattern has a lot of blackback areas that we hope he passes on to his offspring.

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2017 Potential Offspring

  • Normals
  • Lessers/Butters
  • BELs (Blue-Eyed Leucistics)
  • Normal het Piebalds
  • Cinnamon het Piebalds
  • Normal possible het Ghosts
  • Ghosts
  • Pinstripe possible het Ghosts
  • Butter possible het Ghosts
  • Butter Ghosts
  • Pinstripe Ghosts
  • Butter Pinstripe possible het Ghosts
  • Butter Pinstripe Ghosts
  • Lesser/Butter Mystics
  • Lesser/Butter Pastels
  • Lesser/Butter Mystic Pastels

2017 Season Updates

2017 Clutch 1: Pastel Mystic X BEL (Super Butter/Lesser)

  • Eggs Hatched!
    0.1 Butter
    4.1 BEL (possibly Pastel)

2017 Clutch 2: BEL (Super Butter/Lesser) X Lesser

  • Eggs Hatched!
    0.3 Lesser
    0.2 BEL

2017 Clutch 3: Pinstripe (het Orange Ghost?) X Butter het Orange Ghost

  • Eggs Hatched!
    2.1 Pinstripe ph Orange Ghost
    1.0 Normal ph Orange Ghost
    0.1 Butter ph Orange Ghost
    0.1 Orange Ghost
    0.1 Butter Pinstripe ph Orange Ghost
    0.1 Butter Pinstripe Orange Ghost