Royal Pythons are available in hundreds of different colours and patterns from a solid white snake with blue eyes, to bright yellow, stripey, purple and even jet black. Royal Python breeding kicked off in the hobby in the 1990's - early 2000's with many breeders importing direct from West Africa, spotting differences in patterns, breeding to their collection creating new morphs, or heterozygous animals to breed back to create recessive morphs. As this was such a success, the Royal Python is now one of the most popular reptiles to keep in captivity due to their wide variety.
This page will cover the basic terminology needed to understand how genetics work, how to use the Punnett Square so you can calculate the outcome of your breeding projects and address some of the problematic genes and combinations that can occur when breeding.
How to use the Punnett Square
Problematic Genes & Combinations
There are a few genetics to approach with caution when choosing to breed Royal Pythons. Some genetics and genetic combinations can cause physical and neurological defects, and few can be fatal. Here is a list of the genetics to be aware of and their effects…