Het Red Axanthic

Scientific Name: Python regius
Common Name: Ball Python
Morph: Het Red Axanthic
Genetics: Co-Dominant Colour and Pattern Mutation
First Produced By: Corey Woods
First Produced in Canada: Corey Woods (2001)


A Black Backed animal with so much more! Not only are Het Red Axanthics an extreme a Hypo Axanthic (reduced yellow) Black Back with an extreme side pattern they are also the Dominant form of the Red Axanthic. The Het Red Axanthics are comparable to a Pastel where as when you bred a Het Red Axanthic to a normal you produce half Het Red Axanthics and half normal. The Red Axanthics are comparable to a Super Pastel as when you bred a Red Axanthic to a normal you produce all Het Red Axanthics.


I produced the first Red Axanthics back in 2001 when I was still a very small breeder. I bred 2 Black Backs together expecting to produce more Black Backs. To my amazement 2 “weird” looking Axanthics were in the clutch. The Red Axanthics are born with purple heads and have the classic grey, white and black colouration. As they mature they become a cream colour much like the palm of your hand. At about 2 years of age they go back to their grey, black and white colouration.

They differ from other lines of Axanthic as they Co-Dominant (other lines are recessive) as well as being a pattern mutation as well. I have since produced 2.2 Red Axanthics and a handful of Hets since 2001. As of this writing (March 2006) the only crosses that have been produced using the Red Axanthic gene is the Pastel Het Red Axanthic which is just awesome!. I'm hopeful that more Red Axanthic crosses will be produced this year. I have some cooking that should be interesting.....hehehe!

The term “Het Red Axanthic” can be confusing to some people. But, that is in fact what they are a “het” for Red Axanthic. Maybe I’ll come up with more creative names for some of the crosses!


Het Red Axanthics

Het Red Axanthic beside normal siblings

Het Red Axanthics beside a Banded

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