"Normal" ball pythons, as most people refer to them, are ball pythons that are typically found in the wild. They have a black background with gold to brown saddles. The head is usually black (though some individuals will have lighter heads than others) and relatively unmarked, with the exception of a single gold stripe on either side of the head, running from the nose through the eye to the rear of the jaw; this stripe helps to disguise the eye.
Many overlook the "normal" or wild type ball pythons, but these snakes are fascinating in and of themselves. No two patterns are exactly alike, nor are the colors of each individual perfect matches to other wild type ball pythons. There are many variants in the saddle color, resulting in lighter individuals, average individuals, and darker individuals. There are also lighter areas in the black coloring that many refer to as "blushing" that generally appear to be reddish or pinkish in young snakes and typically change to white or gray as the snake ages.
We have several normal ball pythons in our collection. The first snake we purchased in 2000 was a normal male, and we still have him today. In addition, we have 3 normal females, and all of our normals have unique patterns and overall color. One female in particular is very light for a normal, and we feel she is best for pairing with a pastel to produce high-quality pastel offspring. We have another very dark female that we have not yet decided which morph would best fit her coloring, but we will find the perfect fit for her! Our normal male appears to have somewhat of a reduced pattern, and may one day be paired with our lesser to see if we can produce some reduced pattern lessers; however, the male is not a proven reduced-pattern, so this is merely speculation at this time.