Albino ball pythons were first proven simple recessive by Bob Clark in 1992. Albino isn't the best term that could have been given to these animals, as technically they are amelanistic, meaning they lack black pigment. However, albino is the name most often used. Being amelanistic, the normally black areas of the snake are thus changed to an almost translucent white, while the saddles remain, resulting in a yellow and white snake. With the absence of black pigment throughout the body, the saddles become more of a yellow rather than brown. There are both muted forms of pale yellow albinos and a higher contrast version, both pictured below. And the absence of black pigment also appears in the eye as well, creating red eyes in these animals.
The albino ball python is a beautiful morph, and one that has been coveted in both private and commercial collections for many years. Fortunately for most, prices have dropped considerably since 1992.
We have three heterozygous albino (meaning while they appear normal, they carry the recessive albino gene) animals in our collection, and we have produced 50% possible heterozygous albinos; our first year was in 2008 and our second year was in 2009. We had hoped 2010 would be our first year producing albinos, but unfortunately, the female did not make weight. She still did not make weight for the 2011 season, but we did a joint project with our close neighbor, Quiet Tempest Reptiles, to produce some albinos in the 2010-2011 season; we produced 1 male albino, 1 male het albino, and 3 female het albinos.