Axanthic Coastal Carpet Python    


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.

(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.

Coastal Carpet Pythons 

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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.


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.