The lesser platinum gene was first proven incomplete dominant, also termed "co-dominant" more often in reference to ball python morphs, by Ralph Davis in 2001. Lesser platinums, also shortened to "lessers" in common ball morph slang, are a beautiful velvety brown and yellow snake. They generally have a faded-looking, brown head, with light eyes. This morph is a very faded looking animal, and while the genes may be in the same family with the mojave and butter morphs, the colors in the lesser are more muted and soft. Breeding this morph with another lesser, a butter, or a mojave can produce the coveted blue-eyed leucistic, a white ball python with blue eyes. One of the greatest things about lessers is that they tend to brighten and lighten the older become, which isn't typical for ball pythons; most ball pythons are brightest as youngsters and darken with age.
When Ralph Davis was proving out his lesser platinum mutation, he also stumbled across the "platinum" gene, which is still not completely understood. It seems to reduce the pattern in ball pythons, but otherwise not much is known.
We have a female lesser platinum in our collection. She hatched on August 4, 2009, and arrived here at Python Passion on September 9, 2009. We have very high hopes of pairing her up with our butter at some point to produce some blue-eyed leucistics, and we would also like to pair her with our spider in the coming years in order to try and produce some lesser bees. Now that we have added a male piebald to our collection, we are speculating about breeding her to him to produce some lesser het pieds.