Orange Dream Ball Python
The "Orange Dream" name came from the idea that the morph would make its first breeder a million dollars.
Orange Dream Ball Python Scientific Classification
- Scientific Name
- Python regius
Orange Dream Ball Python Conservation Status
Orange Dream Ball Python Locations
Orange Dream Ball Python Facts
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The orange dream ball python is a popular color morph that started as a mutation.
These snakes have bright orange instead of brown markings with a white belly. One of hundreds of color mutations in ball pythons, orange dream combines with others to create bright and beautiful color patterns.
Orange Dream Ball Python Facts
- The orange dream morph first appeared in a captive hatched baby in 2002, and later proven by Ozzy Boids in 2004.
- More than 3 million ball pythons have been exported from Africa since the 1970s.
- Ball pythons have more color and pattern morphs than any other reptile.
Orange Dream Ball Python Scientific Name and Classification
Like all pythons, the orange dream ball python morph is part of the Pythonidae family of snakes. Their scientific name is Python regius, which means royal or kingly python. They are one of about nine species in the Python genus, which includes reticulated pythons and Anchieta’s dwarf python.
Orange Dream Ball Python Appearance and Behavior
Orange dream ball pythons are thick-bodied constrictors with triangular heads. They are harmless snakes that grow to between four and six feet long. Like other ball pythons, these snakes have cryptic markings like alien heads along their sides and stripes going through their eyes and down to the jaw.
Even though they’re docile snakes, they have a mouth full of razor-sharp, rear-pointing teeth that help them grasp and swallow prey. Those who keep ball pythons typically experience the sharpness of their teeth at least once. These snakes have vertical pupils and usually very dark irises, except in some of the morphs with lighter eyes.
They’re fairly sedentary snakes, although they do enjoy exploring a well-setup enclosure. Ball pythons love clutter and the best enclosures reflect their natural habitat. As ambush predators, these snakes sit still and wait for their prey to wander too close. This species tends to roll up into a ball when they feel threatened, giving rise to their common name.
Orange Dream Ball Python Morph Characteristics
The orange dream morph looks much like other ball pythons and has stripes visible through and under the eyes. It has alien head markings on the side of its body, except in this morph, the “eyes” are either missing or reduced. True to their name, the snake’s markings are pumpkin orange instead of brown, which stands out starkly against the black background. This morph’s belly is generally pearly white with almost no markings.
These morphs were first produced from a captive hatched female that Ozzy Boids purchased in 2002 from Ian Gniazdowski at Outback Reptiles. A couple of years later, Ozzy paired that female with a het albino male. That pairing produced four eggs; two looked just like the mom with her orange markings.
The morph is popular with breeders in combination with others like yellow belly and black pastel. It creates a whole set of new options for colors and patterns, a phenomenon explained by Ultimate Exotics in South Africa.
Orange Dream Ball Python Pictures
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“Orange dream ball python morphs combine with others to make brighter patterns like this orange dream pied ball python.”
“This spotnose fire orange dream ball python combines multiple mutations to create a unique animal.”
“Fire orange dream het pied ball python: When a snake is “het” for a trait, it means that it likely carries the gene but doesn’t visually express it.”
Orange Dream Ball Python Habitat and Diet
Like many popular morphs, the orange dream ball python morph started out as a random mutation. While the egg was hatched in captivity, the snake’s mother was a wild ball python. This species lives in the savanna, grasslands, and open forested areas of Central and Western Africa. It’s primarily exported through Ghana, Benin, and Togo, but lives in over a dozen countries on the continent.
Orange Dream Ball Python Predators, Threats, Conservation, and Population
Ball pythons aren’t very big as pythons go, so they have several predators aside from people. Animals like various eagles, big cats, hyenas, and other predators take them as food. These snakes hide from them in abandoned burrows and termite mounds, but their cryptic pattern allows them to cruise through the undergrowth, almost invisible.
In the wild, the IUCN Redlist of Threatened species lists them as near threatened. Ball pythons they’re actively hunted for food and leather and used in traditional medicine. In addition to the damage done to the natural habitat by agricultural expansion and economic development, this has reduced their numbers. There are, however, a large number of them exported each year. Since the 1970s, over 3 million have been set overseas as pets. Some believe that all of these factors cause concern and that more needs to be done to monitor ball python populations in the wild in all locations.
Orange Dream Ball Python Reproduction, Babies, and Lifespan
Ball pythons and their morphs have a long lifespan when cared for properly. They generally live 20-30 years and, as adults, only need to eat about every 3-5 weeks.
This species matures at about 2-4 years, or when they become big enough. In the wild, females breed roughly every other year. It gives them time to recover body mass because of the physical stress of laying eggs and protecting them until hatching takes. However, in captivity, breeders take the eggs and incubate them artificially, which increases the number of eggs that hatch. It also gives them a chance to help the female replace weight loss because of breeding.
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Orange Dream Ball Python FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
How are orange dream ball pythons different than others?
Mostly it’s their color – the browns and bronze of a typical wild pattern are replaced with pumpkin orange. The pattern is a little different too, but not overly.
How do orange dream ball pythons hunt?
They love to sit and wait for their food. As an ambush predator, they don’t usually hunt actively.
Where do orange dream ball pythons live?
Since they’re a natural mutation that a breeder took advantage of, there may only be a few random individuals in the wild. However, they’re common in the ball python pet trade.
What do orange dream ball pythons eat?
Like many snakes, orange dream ball pythons are rodent exterminators extraordinaire – they prefer rats and mice, but will take the occasional baby bird also.
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