Ball pythons are a popular pet reptile, thanks to their docile, curious nature and adorable appearance.
Over the past few decades, selective breeding of these fascinating animals has resulted in thousands of different morphs or color variations.
Here are 40 of our favorite ball python morphs!
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Banana ball pythons are known for their light beige bodies accented by vibrant yellow spots and markings throughout.
These are quite a widespread variety of ball python and a great start to our list of popular morphs.
Currently, there are dozens, if not well, over 100 different variations of this well-loved color morph, such as Super Banana, Banana Spider, and Banana Pied, all of which are easily recognized by their distinct pastel yellow markings.
Interestingly, the Banana morph originated naturally in the wild and was further developed through more selective breeding over the years for a brighter yellow color and more attractive patterns.
Nowadays, Banana ball pythons and many of their variations are pretty common and relatively inexpensive, depending on the exact gene expression of their color and markings.
Still, they deserve a spot on this list, as they are one of the first morphs we think of when it comes to coloration and overall appearance.
Those yellow spots are stunning!
Spider ball pythons originated with a genetic mutation which caused the snake’s markings to have a spiderweb-like appearance.
While typical ball pythons have brown, gold, and black spots lined with thick brown and black stripe-like markings, those of the spider morph have much thinner brown and black stripes.
The thin stripes weaving throughout the snake’s entire body give them a lovely spider web pattern, which resulted in the morph’s namesake.
Like most common morphs, there are many variations of Spider ball pythons, such as the Spider Mojave, Spider Clown, and even a Spider Banana variation, which is a mix of the aforementioned popular Banana morph.
One potential issue to keep in mind with Spider morphs specifically, though, is a specific neurological condition often referred to as a “wobble.”
This condition is characterized by tremors, a lack of coordination, and poor reflexes, and its emergence has resulted in fewer breeders producing the morph.
If you are interested in purchasing a Spider ball python, it might be best to adopt a rescue if possible rather than contribute to this controversial breeding practice.
Though they are beautiful snakes with friendly dispositions, the risk of lifelong neurological issues is a considerable downside to producing this morph.
Piebald ball pythons, also known as pied, have a striking appearance characterized by a mostly brown or beige body with large white patches of skin lacking pigmentation.
This one is one of our favorite morphs, as in addition to their unique pattern, they are widely known to be among the most friendly and docile morphs around.
Their attractive markings are the result of a recessive trait which causes large patches of the python’s skin to lack pigmentation.
Interestingly, their heads mostly resemble basic ball pythons, and the piebald markings are primarily spread throughout the snake’s body.
Like any basic morph, the piebald has numerous variations, such as the Albino Pied, Banana Piebald, and even the mysterious Mystic Potion Pied.
The Albino morph is one of the oldest, most well-known morphs, known primarily as the first documented recessive genetic mutation observed in ball pythons.
Because they lack pigmentation throughout their bodies, Albino pythons are typically very light in color, ranging from pale yellow to pure white.
One of the Albino morph’s most unique and distinct traits is its bright pinkish-red eyes, contrasting their lack of body pigmentation strikingly well. While there are many variations of the
Albino morph, standard Albino pythons, are usually available in high and low-contrast varieties.
While high contrast pythons have clear yellow and white markings, low contrast Albino snakes will be almost entirely pale yellow.
There are now dozens of variations of the standard Albino morph, including the Albino Pied, Albino Mojave, and Albino Spider, just to name a few of our favorites.
The Axanthic morph originated in the late 1990s thanks to a recessive gene which causes the snake to partially lack red and yellow pigmentation.
The resulting appearance is a snake with primarily black and grey markings, giving it an interesting washed-out, monochromatic color palette.
Axanthic snakes look as if a black and white photo was brought to life!
Since they’re a base morph, they are sometimes naturally occurring in the wild, though they are rare.
Their numbers have been increased through careful selective breeding over the past few decades, and there now exist many unique variations of the morph, including the Axanthic Bamboo and Axanthic Calico.
The Bamboo morph is a reasonably recent variation, first produced and documented in 2013.
Though they aren’t quite as popular as some of the other more well-established morphs on this list, they are steadily growing in popularity thanks to their lovely pale beige bamboo-like coloration from head to tail tip.
Bamboo pythons also breed well with other morphs, resulting in various significant variations on the base morph, such as the Bamboo Black Head, Bamboo Bumble Bee, and Bamboo Fire morphs.
Keep an eye on this one in the coming years, as we predict it’ll be a popular morph once it is more well-established and better understood in the ball python breeding community.
#7 Atomic Fire
An offshoot of the Atomic base morph, the Atomic Fire is known for its unique brown, orange, and beige markings, which fade from the top of the body to the sides.
While the top of the snake’s body is marked with fairly typical-looking spots and stripes, the sides of the body fade to an off-white color with light orange specks throughout.
Atomic Fire morphs look sort of like someone took an eraser to the sides of their body and left the rest of the snake’s body alone.
It’s an exciting appearance, to be sure.
Though this morph is pretty new (first produced and documented somewhat recently in 2012), we predict it’ll eventually become one of the more sought-after Atomic variations.
#8 Black Head
A genuinely striking morph, the Black Head’s namesake is pretty self-explanatory.
The base of this snake’s head and body is a sleek, glossy jet black, with brown, white-ringed spots throughout the body.
A yellow stripe is commonly present on the top of the snake’s body, contrasting the rest of its coloration very handsomely.
The Black Head morph has had a few decades to be further developed, as it was first recognized in 2002 by Ralph Davis Reptiles.
It now has a wide range of variations, such as the Axanthic Black Head, Super Pastel Black Head, and the Black Head Calico.
This morph and most of its offshoots are quite pricey, and rightfully so, as its appearance is fearsome and one-of-a-kind.
The Mojave morph has a mesmerizing pattern similar to the shifting sands of the desert from which it derives its namesake.
Its base body color typically ranges from light brown to black with beige and pale yellow spots throughout its body.
Another notable feature of this particular morph is the uniform markings on its head.
It usually has two neat pinstripes on either side, crossing over the eyes almost like fashionable eyeliner.
Originally bred in 2000, the Mojave morph now has many variations, including the Axanthic Mojave, Hypo Mojave, and Mocha Mojave, all with a similar pattern but varying colors.
As you’d probably expect, the Bumblebee morph is characterized by its brown and yellow striping, giving it the appearance of a big yellow bumblebee.
It originated as a combination of spider and pastel morphs.
The snake’s body is primarily bright yellow and beige and has brown stripes crossing over the top and sides, while its head has lovely brown stripes on either side and tiny brown spots on top.
Usually, the base body color fades from yellow to white on the snake’s underbelly, but some have a fully yellow body from top to bottom.
The Bumblebee morph is commonly bred with other morphs to produce unique variations with its vivid color and pattern.
It has been a trendy choice since its inception in 2001, thanks to New England Reptile Distributors.
Although it is a lesser-known morph than many of the other giants on this list, looking at a Galaxy python is like gazing into a vast solar system with its swirling brown, orange, and red markings.
Galaxy pythons are fairly new, having originated in 2011 thanks to ReticBalls’ careful selective breeding.
This morph’s most prominent feature is its black spots surrounded by vibrant, fiery orange and red rings, almost like planets spreading out across the length of the snake’s body.
The snake’s head has two bright orange stripes on either side. It’s a variation genuinely deserving of its name, and we can’t wait to see what kind of offshoots of this morph emerge in the future.
Known for being one of the most expensive morphs around, the Stranger is well-deserving of the hype surrounding it.
Originally bred from two Clown ball pythons, the Stranger has a mostly light grey body with a long white pinstripe stretching from the base of its head to the tip of its tail, lined by a thin black stripe on either side.
Aside from its lovely racing stripes, the Stranger morph has small black spots on the sides of its body encircled by white rings.
Its head is perhaps the most uniquely patterned, with white and black stripes stretching across the sides of the face over the eyes.
We’re excited to see where selective breeding takes this morph in the future, as it is still relatively new, having originated in 2010.
Acid ball pythons are another fairly new variation, originally bred in 2014 by breeder Josh Jensen.
Its body is mostly a unique shade of burnt orange to golden brown with dark brown stripes and spots of varying size and shape crisscrossing over the length of its body.
The snake’s face is primarily brown, with lighter orange stripes stretching from the nose over the eyes to the base of the head, giving the head a V-shaped pair of stripes which connect at the tip of the nose.
We’re excited to see what kind of morphs result from breeding the Acid morph with other snakes, as its gold and orange coloration certainly stands out amongst the crowd of black and brown and white pythons.
With its pastel yellow to orange base color, this morph, sometimes alternatively known as Pastel Jungle, is 100% deserving of its namesake.
This morph’s body coloration is contrasted by thin black and brown stripes and tiny black spots throughout the length of its body, making its colors genuinely pop.
The snake’s head is also handsomely colored, primarily light brown with those lovely pastel yellow/orange stripes running down either side and blending into the neck.
Nowadays, it remains a pretty popular morph, having been initially bred in 1997 by NERD breeders.
The Clown morph has been around since 1999 and was initially bred by VPI breeders.
Its namesake comes from its interesting, busy spotted and striped pattern on its head, giving its face a rather silly yet adorable look.
Aside from the unique pattern on its head, the Clown morph is also distinguished by its long, thick black stripes on the sides of the body, which stretch from the base of the neck to the very end of its tail.
It is usually accented by spots which range in color from burnt orange to dark brown.
Today, the Clown morph remains a popular choice and has produced many attractive variations such as the Clown Pastel, Clown Pinstripe, and even the Clown Leopard Pastel Spider.
The possibilities are endless with this morph’s distinct color and pattern.
Known for its deep reddish-brown colored spots, the Cinnamon morph is a lovely snake originally produced and documented in 2002 by Graziani Reptiles, Inc.
While the base of the body is a rather tame and standard dark brown, the deep burnt red and orange spots and markings throughout the snake’s body make it stand out.
Some Cinnamon morphs have a reddish tint to their base body color, giving them an entirely red shade in certain lighting.
The head is similarly brownish red, with deep orange stripes running across the eyes and down to the base of the neck.
Not many morphs have such a stunning red and orange color, making the Cinnamon variation a great choice for any reptile enthusiast.
Even though brown morphs are very common, the Chocolate ball python is simply delectable with its rich chestnut brown coloration.
It’s been around for a few decades, having initially been produced by the breeders at BHB Enterprises in 1999, and it’s still a popular choice favored for its rich contrasting shades of brown, black, and beige.
While the base of the Chocolate morph’s body is, indeed, a chocolatey brown, it also has caramel-colored light brown rings surrounding darker brown spots throughout its body.
Additionally, it has caramel stripes stretching from the tip of the nose to the base of the neck.
Just because this morph doesn’t have any crazy colors doesn’t mean it isn’t breathtaking in appearance.
It’s a strong contender on this list for the most handsome morph with its understated beauty.
#18 Russo Leucistic
This morph looks like something straight out of a fantasy movie with its icy blue eyes and solid white body with pinkish undertones.
Another common name for this morph is White Diamond, which suits it perfectly.
First bred in 2002, this morph remains extremely popular for its regal and otherworldly look.
The pink undertones are perhaps most prominent near the snake’s face and eyes, while the rest of the body is more of a bluish snow white.
The Russo Leucistic is a fascinating, highly sought-after, fairly pricey morph, and rightfully so.
Though it lacks pigment, it isn’t quite albino, as it has blue eyes rather than the pink or red eyes typical with albino pythons.
If you’re looking for a unique and stunning morph, look no further than the Russo Leucistic!
You might need to save up for a little while before purchasing one, though.
This morph’s name comes from the greyish, faded pattern on the sides of its body, giving it a rather spectral appearance.
It is also commonly known as Hypo or Hypomelanistic, thanks to a recessive gene which causes its typically dark pigmentation to appear a faded grey.
These pythons seem to look as though they’re fading away or are in the middle of a shed, making them deserving of their ghostly name.
This is a somewhat older morph, having originated in 1994 thanks to breeders at NERD.
It remains a prevalent choice and has been bred with other morphs over the years to produce many interesting variations, including the Fire Ghost, Ghost Special, and Desert Ghost Fire morphs.
The Pewter morph is the result of breeding Pastel pythons with either Cinnamon or Black Pastel morphs.
With its handsome greyish brown base color, the snake’s uniquely shaped markings stand out.
This morph’s name suits it perfectly, as its body color tends to become more faded and slate grey towards its belly.
The morph’s markings are quite exceptional, almost appearing to drip or melt down the sides of the snake’s body.
It’s an interesting choice, to be sure, but we had to include it on our list as it’s just so unique.
Some Pewter snakes even have strange, heart-shaped markings which taper into points as they drip down the sides of their body.
#21 Love Potion
With perhaps one of the most unique names on this list, the Love Potion morph has an equally unique appearance.
Its entire body is a pale, pinkish-grey, complemented by its steely grey eyes and whitish markings on the head.
The Love Potion morph is still very new, having only been produced recently in 2015 by the breeders at Southern Belle Exotics.
Many individuals of this variety have a pale pinkish-white stripe stretching from the base of the neck to the tip of the tail, and some even have very pale spots.
Usually, however, they are mostly solid-colored with very few and subtle markings.
We love this morph’s mysterious, ethereal look, and we can’t wait to see what kind of new morphs result from breeding it with other snakes.
This morph’s name suits it well, as, at first glance, its color and pattern are quite confusing to look at.
Its base color is pretty standard, ranging from light brown to yellow to dark brown, but its swirling, chaotic markings are what make it unique and worthy of a spot on this list.
As another fairly new morph, we’re excited to see what results from selectively breeding these snakes in the future.
With its spots and abstract shapes swirling throughout its body, the Confusion morph is a perplexing one, to be sure, but we’re not confused when we say we love this strange variety of ball python.
Here’s another lesser-known ghostly morph quickly becoming quite popular thanks to its greyish, supernatural look.
Originally bred in 2014 by the breeders at Addams Ball Python, the Casper morph is primarily grey, black, and brown, with its markings becoming faded further down its belly.
The snake’s head is similarly a faded grey, making it look a bit spooky yet striking.
It often has a dorsal stripe stretching from the base of the neck down the body, ending at the tip of the tail, with circular grey and black markings on either side of the stripe.
From Ghosts to Clowns and now Mummies, we’ve got a whole Monster Mash in this list of morphs.
The Mummy morph is rather intimidating to look at with its solid white body and piercing jet-black eyes.
It was first bred in 2012 by the breeders at Coffin Snakes and had been steadily increasing in popularity ever since.
This morph is certainly one to watch in the future.
Though the Mummy morph’s body is solid white, it has pinkish and pale yellow undertones starting at the tip of the nose down throughout its body, making its color shift slightly depending on the lighting it happens to be sitting under.
It’s a regal-looking morph, to be sure, and its deep black eyes are stunning if just a tiny bit spooky.
#25 Caramel Glow
The Caramel Glow ball python has a name which suits it perfectly, as its caramel orange color gives off a lovely shimmering glow.
Another common name for this morph is Caramel Hypo.
The base of this morph’s body is a creamy orange to yellow shade with light brown to beige markings forming stripes and spots which stretch from the base of the neck to the tail tip.
Originally bred in 2001 by the diligent breeders at NERD, this gorgeous snake seems to glow thanks to its brilliant coloration.
The head ranges in color from pale yellow to neon orange with yellow stripes across the eyes and a cute orange blush across the nose.
We love how this morph’s dark, intimidating eyes contrast the bright, fun colors on its head and body and aren’t surprised it is commonly bred with other morphs to pass on its striking orange color.
Even though it’s a very new, lesser-known morph, the Hyperion is breathtaking with its swirling grey, white, and brown markings.
While most morphs’ colors fade as they progress further down the snake’s belly, the Hyperion’s colors are interestingly faded throughout its body, giving it a distinctly ghostly appearance.
The breeders at Luis Alonso Exotics should be proud of these attractive ball pythons, as they are unlike anything we’ve ever seen.
These snakes’ heads are primarily grey, with dark, black eyes and black stripes stretching across the eyes towards the base of the neck.
It’s one of the harder morphs to find on this list, but if you manage to get your hands on one, consider yourself lucky!
This beautiful snake is out of this world.
As selective breeding of ball pythons becomes more developed over the years, more and more stunning morphs emerge.
The Eruptor morph is among these unique snakes with its solid deep brown to black base color with a single yellow pinstripe running from the base of the neck to the very tip of its tail.
This morph originated in 2014 thanks to Freedom Breeder and is also known as the Ghi Mojave Yellow Belly.
It’s an interesting cross between a few different morphs, and it will certainly be exciting to see what other new morphs result from breeding this stunning variation even further.
If you’re interested in the GHI morph, check out our post on the GHI ball python morph that goes into greater detail.
As you might expect, the Tiger morph is known for its tiger-like markings all over its head and body.
Interestingly, it isn’t certain where this variety of ball python originated or was initially bred, but it is now a popular choice amongst snake enthusiasts everywhere.
Markings vary from brown and black uniform stripes to more abstract-looking spots over a primarily yellow to orange body.
The head usually has a large brown spot flanked by thin brown stripes which cross over the eyes and stretch to the base of the snake’s neck.
The Kingpin morph, also sometimes known as the Lesser Pinstripe, definitely lives up to its rather intimidating name.
The base of this morph’s body ranges from a lovely creamy beige to a deeper yellowish brown.
Perhaps this morph’s most distinct feature is its thick stripe which stretches from the back of the head to the tip of the tail with various spotted markings on either side.
Unfortunately, it’s unknown where or when the Kingpin variety originated, but it is growing in popularity thanks to its mesmerizing, uniform stripe and swirling markings.
The snake’s head is usually either light or dark brown, with light stripes crossing over their greyish brown eyes.
As its color drifts down towards its underbelly, it gradually fades into a cream color.
The Butter morph’s name suits it well, with its buttery yellow markings stretching across a soft brown base color.
This morph was first produced in 2001 by ReptMart after the genetic mutation causing its yellow markings was discovered.
It is now commonly available in a wide range of different shades and patterns.
Still, all varieties typically have distinct creamy yellow, orange, or beige spots or stripes.
Many great morphs have resulted from breeding the Butter morph with other snakes, including the Butter Desert Spider, Butter Clown Pastel Pinstripe, and Mako Butter morphs.
It’s a versatile morph whose markings are still very popular decades after its initial emergence into the incredibly diverse world of ball python breeding.
#31 Coral Glow
While it’s very typical to see morphs ranging in colors like black, brown, beige, and white, it’s rare we see a morph which is pink in appearance.
These brightly-colored morphs have existed since 2002 thanks to the breeders at NERD and are still extremely popular because of their bright yellow, lavender, orange, grey, and coral pink colors swirling across their bodies.
Another name for this morph is White Smoke, which is also very fitting as the greyish lavender parts have a smoky, faded look.
Markings range from large spots to thinner stripes in a rainbow of pastel shades, making the Coral Glow seem to glow in certain lighting.
#32 Gold Dust
As another stunning morph which lives up to its name, the Gold Dust variety of ball pythons looks like it’s been dipped in shimmering gold and copper.
While its base body color is a deep, chestnut brown, its scales are flecked with golden brown and tan spots, which give it a beautiful highlight from head to tail.
Another name for this morph is the Super Mahogany Spider, and it’s a fairly new snake first bred in 2012 by BHB Enterprises.
Its color is mostly solid brown, but many individuals have thin black stripes running vertically down the spine with a lighter copper stripe in the middle.
As the colors fade towards the belly, they become lighter and more beige and off-white.
Speaking of snakes who look like they’ve been dipped in gold, the Enchi is another gorgeous golden and brown morph first produced in 2002 by the breeders at Sweball.
It has since been bred with dozens of other morphs to pass on its sparkling golden hue.
This morph’s base color ranges from a deep golden orange to a vibrant yellow with brown or black stripes crisscrossing over the body.
The head is typically dark brown with gold stripes on the sides of the head over the eyes.
Since they were bred almost two full decades ago, they have been successfully bred with other pythons to result in various new Enchi morphs, including the Enchi Hypo, Enchi Mojave, and Enchi Super Lemon Pastel.
The Java morph has a primarily coffee-brown color throughout its body, with lighter brown and white spots and stripes accenting its base color.
It’s a fairly newer morph, initially bred in 2011 by Markus Jayne Ball Pythons, and it has been bred with other morphs since producing variations such as the Java Pied.
Although this morph is a bit more muted in its coloration, its brownish base color has an almost burnt orange sheen in certain lighting.
This is especially visible on the snake’s head, where the top of the head is typically dark brown, and the front of the face and bottom of the head is more of an auburn shade.
The Java morph’s brown, orange, and tan markings are also nicely accented by thin white stripes outlining the stripes and spots, making them pop against its body color.
#35 Full Moon
If you were somehow able to extract the pearlescent off-white shimmering color of the moon and paste it onto a snake’s body, this would be the result.
The Full Moon is a more recently produced morph, originating in 2014 from the breeders at Snake-!nk.
Another name for the morph is the Super Pastel Butter Cinnamon Spider, a reference to the morphs which went into breeding this incredible snake.
This morph’s base color ranges from pink to pale lavender gray to a translucent white with pink undertones, and many individuals have a distinct white stripe from the base of the neck, which either fades into the body or stretches to the tip of the tail.
Occasionally, very light, pale yellow markings are visible, contrasting the snake’s deep bluish-black eyes beautifully.
Despite being a newer morph, the Full Moon is a highly sought-after variation, so you should expect to pay a pretty penny for this snake, but it’s worth it.
The Mojito morph, also known as the Champagne Ghost Mojave, is another highly unique variation, easily recognizable by its dark brown spot atop its mostly pale yellow head.
The snake’s base body color ranges from light yellow to deep orange and has very light greyish markings from the neck to the tip of the tail.
The snake’s head is mostly off-white to yellow with a cloud-like brown spot between its dark brown eyes.
Its coloration is certainly unique, and it complements its faint patterns very nicely.
It’s a stunning snake, first produced in 2012 by Snakings.nl.
Also known as the Lavender Albino Piebald, the Dreamsicle morphs more than lives up to its name.
These snakes have a piebald pattern and striking orange, yellow, and white coloration.
Every aspect of this snake is gorgeous from head to tail, from its pink eyes to its pied pattern and neon orange color.
This morph has been around for a little while and has gained a significant popularity over the years.
Originally bred in 2007 by Ralph Davis Reptiles, the Dreamsicle ball python is possibly one of the most vibrant on this list.
The Ivory morph, at first glance, seems to be yet another plain, solid white morph.
However, upon closer inspection, these snakes have orange and pink undertones and very faint stripe markings, with a tiny patch of color atop their heads.
Also known as the Super Yellow Belly, the Ivory was initially bred in 2003 by The Snake Keeper.
Aside from its little patch of orange or yellow on its head, flecks of pink, orange, and yellow are visible throughout the snake’s body, making it shimmer in direct sunlight.
These snakes typically have solid black eyes, which contrast their head and body-color beautifully.
Why not include the original morph from which all the others originated?
The Normal morph, sometimes referred to as the Classic or Wild Type, is the most common ball python morph, with a mostly dark brown or black body and brown spotted markings.
These snakes are among the least expensive and most common morphs, but they still are quite handsome, with their dark colors fading to a creamy off-white shade the closer they drift towards the snake’s belly.
The head is a mostly medium brown with dark brown stripes across the eyes and tip of the nose.
If you’re a total beginner looking to purchase your first ball python, you won’t go wrong with the Normal morph.
The Woma morph mimicked the unique striping pattern of the Woma python and was originally produced by the breeders at NERD.
Despite being a rather basic morph, these snakes are a very attractive shade of light brown with lovely deep brown and thin black bands crossing horizontally over their backs.
The head is mostly dark brown on top and light brown on the sides, with dark brown stripes stretching from the tip of the nose to the sides of the neck.
The warm brown and orange tones on this morph’s body are very rich, accented by tiny, thin white stripes surrounding the dark brown banding pattern.