Friday, June 10, 2011

The Haunted Ball

Now, before I get to the meat of this post, I need to point out something. If you get a snake, it will shed. And when it gets ready, it's usual beautiful colouring will start to fade out. If your snake is healthy, its shed skin will come off in one piece, but if it doesn't you will need to help it out. Pour some water on the stuck skin and gently rub it off. This is vital, because you DO NOT want dead skin stuck on for long. Why am I saying this? Well because the snake I will be talking about today always looks like he/she is going to shed.
The ghost ball python is a slightly weird snake. Because of a recessive mutation, the snake's black pigmentation is reduced, giving it the look like it is in perpetual shed. It is a basic morph, which means it is found in the wild, but it was first captively bred in 1994. Ghosts are varying shades of yellow, brown, grey and green. Their sheds are always clear much like albinos, with faded dark colors with a faded head. This makes it a bit more difficult to tell when they are actually are going to shed, so you have to watch carefully.

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