What Is a Super Ball Python?

A superball python is a hybridization of a ball python and a blood python. Roussis Reptiles claims success with hatching the first superball in 2002.

The goal of snake hybridization is two-fold: creating designer snakes and engineering genetic mutations. By combining the dominant and codominant genes of pythons, new color combinations occur. A downside to hybridization is that offspring are typically sterile, which prevents the new species from reproducing.

Mutation within any new species sometimes leads to unknown results, such as a decreased life span or enhanced negative traits.

Many people argue that the hybridization of any animal is unethical, while others argue that these scientific successes lead to greater discoveries and help mankind.