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Old 09-01-2006, 07:25 PM   #1
Question Ball python birth defect

This snake has no head, therefore no mouth or nose and only one eye where his mouth should be. After all of his brothers and sisters pipped, I cut open the egg to find this guy. It would sometimes twitch when touched but mostly didn't move. It was only being kept alive by the egg sack. When that was used up it would have died because it could not eat or breathe. I put it down by placing it in the freezer after I took the photos. This is just one of those one in a million defects I guess. Never hatched anything else like it or even seen anything else like it.

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Old 09-01-2006, 08:17 PM   #2
Wow, that really is an interesting defect, it is like the "cyclops" defect that was hatched out earlier this year. Surprising that two one-eyed ball pythons appeared this year. Thanks for sharing!
Old 09-02-2006, 12:16 AM   #3
I guess I missed that one. I found it in a search for cyclops. That is freaky!
Old 09-02-2006, 01:50 AM   #4
The more "morphs" are bred the more common the defects will be and the more extreme they will be. Keep in mind, in humans and really any other speices, outside of comic books and movies, "mutation" is a very negative word and the fancy colored and patterned ball pythons are all technically defective mutant ball pythons. I hatched siamese twin hypos this year. I have never had a birth defect that extreme in any normal hatchling ball ever and have heard of very very few happening and they have been color or pattern morphs.

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