Axanthic Coastal Carpet Python    

AXANTHIC GENETICS UPDATE:

The Axanthic mutation in Coastal Carpet Pythons is RAD Reptiles’ flagship mutation project. At first, this mutation was thought to be a simple recessive trait and we have been (and the reptile hobby) operating under that premise for years. However; after conversations with several other breeders and after witnessing the results of several Axanthic x Normal pairings, RAD Reptiles will be identifying the Axanthic mutation as an Incomplete Dominant mutation. It is blatantly obvious that Heterozygous offspring from a Homozygous Axanthic x non-Axanthic pairing are phenotypically hypoxanthic to varying degrees. The FACT that animals with only one copy of the Axanthic mutation express any level of hypoxanthism provides clear evidence of an Incomplete Dominant mutation.


RAD Reptiles will begin to use new terminology that not only reflects this evidence, but is comparable to terminology used for other incomplete dominant mutations. Moving forward, pythons with only one copy of the Axanthic gene (heterozygous) will be referred to as Axanthic. Pythons with two copies of the Axanthic gene (homozygous) will be referred to as Super Axanthic.



(Einstein) is one of our founding animals at RAD Reptiles. He was produced in 2014 by Midgard Serpents and is the product of a Het x Het outcrossed line (the only Axanthic line) of Axanthic Coastals from Sweden. He is the key component of RAD Reptiles’ Coastal Carpet Python projects and is absolutely stunning! It is very difficult to capture the gorgeous gun metal coloration of this mutation, but it is breathtaking in person.

(Jocelyn) is our female West Papuan Carpet Python. Her lineage is equally as impressive (they are clutch mates). She also made her way to RAD Reptiles through Chris Salemi, who produced this animal in 2015. We are hoping her first breeding season will be in 2018 as well.

Jaguar Coastal Carpet Python


​​The Jaguar gene in Carpet Pythons reduces patterns and increases the areas of yellow pigment. The Jaguar phenotype is the heterozygous form of the leucism gene, meaning it only carries one copy of the gene. The homozygous form of the Jaguar gene produces leucistic (completely white) animals! Unfortunately, the leucistic gene is lethal and to date, not one animal has survived. It is theorized that there is incomplete organ development in leucistic Carpet Pythons, specfically the lungs. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to support this hypothesis.The Jaguar gene is believed to have originated within the Coastal Carpet Python complex.


(Madame Curie) is one of our founding females at RAD Reptiles. She was produced in 2010 by Jim Kurowski and made her way her via Constrictors NW. She is the product of a Kurowski Jag x Red Mpenn. We really like the red and jaguar influence in the Axanthic gene, so pairing her with (Name Axanthic male) is the first step towards producing Axanthic Red Jags!

(Sagan) is our male West Papuan Carpet Python. He has an incredible lineage that leads to high contrasted, light colored animals. He made his way to RAD Reptiles through Chris Salemi, who produced this animal in 2015. He will be ready for his initial breeding season in 2018.

West Papuan Carpet Pythons are a smaller subspecies of Carpet Python found  primarily in West Papua (formerly Irian Jaya). They inhabit tropical forests and utilize the warmest, most consistent environments of the Carpet Pythons. The natural colors of these Carpet Pythons contain varying shades of black, yellow and rusty reds! RAD Reptiles is working with West Papuan Carpet Pythons to selectively breed for certain traits and refine this subspecies.

​PYTHONS

Coastal Carpet Pythons are the largest subspecies of Carpet Python. As their name suggests, Coastal Carpet Pythons are typically found along the Eastern, Northwest coast of Australia, but their range does extend inland and westward a good degree. This subspecies has an absolutely stunning natural variation, both in size and pattern. This is why RAD Reptiles works with Coastal Carpet Pythons as our flagship mutation project.

Papuan Carpet Pythons

Morelia spilota harrisoni

Coastal Carpet Pythons 

Morelia spilota mcdowelli