At $445,800 This Is The Most Expensive Snake in the World!

Written by Colby Maxwell
Updated: January 15, 2023
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Owning pets can be an expensive hobby! When it comes to designer breeds and specialty morphs, the price of certain pets can truly skyrocket. Things can get pricey, fast, whether it’s a dog or a snake. Today, we will look at some of the most expensive snakes ever to hit the market and a few of the more “available” snakes available. In the end, you may feel a little different about adopting that snake from your backyard instead of getting one from that specialty pet store you have been thinking about! Here is the most expensive snake in the world.

The Most Expensive Snake In The World

At $445,800 This Is The Most Expensive Snake in the World!
A high-blue morph of a green tree python is likely the most expensive snake to ever be sold.


The most expensive snake to ever be sold was likely a high-blue morph of a green tree python. While we can’t confirm that the sale happened, a few international news sites claim that the sale of the snake amounted to the equivalent of $445,800 US dollars.

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The green tree python is a somewhat common pet snake found natively in Australia and some parts of Indonesia. The snake is normally bright green, but some breeders can express a specific gene that makes it bright blue. The resulting snake is vibrant, stunning, and looks so cool you would think it is fake.

Green tree pythons can be bought for a few hundred dollars, but the high-blue morph isn’t very common and rarely goes up for sale when they are born. If the sale for $445k is real, it would likely be the most expensive snake ever to be publicly sold.

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Although topping $445k is tough, there are a few species of snake that most definitely make the list for extravagant purchases. Let’s go through some of the most expensive snakes by species and see what people have paid for these scaly reptiles. Want a new snake? Better sell your home!

Ball Pythons

At $445,800 This Is The Most Expensive Snake in the World!
Certain ball python morphs can sell for as much as $125,000 when they are first discovered.


Ball pythons are some of the most famous pet snakes in the world. They can be found in almost every pet store and make for great pet snakes. In most cases, the natural coloration and pattern of a ball python are what you will most commonly find on the market. As a result, a “normal” ball python can be found for as little as $50-$100.

However, the most expensive ball python ever sold is a different story. Like most other snakes, the price of ball python spikes when a new morph is found and lowers as people start to breed them. The most expensive ball python ever was sold by the breeder, Peter Kahl, when he sold it to Chad Brown for a cool $125,000. The ball python was a new morph known as an “ivory” and was a combination of two yellowbelly morphs. The resulting snake was totally white with black eyes. Today, ivory ball pythons cost around $200.

Corn Snakes

At $445,800 This Is The Most Expensive Snake in the World!
The palmetto corn snake is one of the most expensive corn snake morphs today.


While we couldn’t find much information on the single most expensive purchase of a corn snake, we do have information on the most expensive corn snake morph currently on the market.

Right now, the most expensive corn snake morph is likely a palmetto or scaleless corn snake, but varying combinations of these morphs could also be just as expensive. When the palmetto morph first came out, breeders weren’t selling them for anything under $4,000. Nowadays, the price has since dropped to around $500. Scaleless morphs were first sold for thousands of dollars and are now sold for $500+.

Western Hognose Snakes

At $445,800 This Is The Most Expensive Snake in the World!
Leucistic, snow and other variations using those two morphs are likely the most expensive hognose morphs.


Western hognose snakes are growing in popularity as pet snakes. Since they are less common, these snakes naturally go for a bit more than other, more common pet snakes. Right now, the most expensive western hognose on the market is a super arctic sunburst anaconda going for $11,000. Besides that specific morph, leucistic hognose morphs regularly go for upwards of $6,000.

Kenyan Sand Boas

kenyan sand boa
The albino Kenyan sand boa morph lacks melanin in its scales.


Kenyan sand boas might be the cutest snakes on our list, but specialty morphs don’t come cheap! The most expensive Kenyan sand boa morph available right now is probably between an albino-mix or a snow-mix, both going for over $700 apiece. As far as our list goes, these are relatively cheap!

Thankfully, a standard Kenyan sand boa only costs $75, so entry-level snakes are affordable.

California Kingsnakes

At $445,800 This Is The Most Expensive Snake in the World!
The California kingsnake has only a few morphs and isn’t that expensive when compared to other designed morphs.

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California kingsnakes are common snakes in the wild of the United States and are becoming more popular as pets. Thankfully, even the specialty morphs of these snakes are relatively inexpensive compared to others.

The most expensive California kingsnake morph right now is the super-high white albino or some close variation of it. These morphs go for around $300+, a fraction of the cost of some of the other rare morphs we’ve looked at today. A standard California kingsnake will run you around $100 at most.

Rosy Boas

At $445,800 This Is The Most Expensive Snake in the World!
Rosy boas are similar to Kenyan sand boas in morphs and pricing.

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The rosy boa have similar behavior and morphs as Kenyan sand boas, and have a similar price point. The most expensive rosy boa morph right now is some type of stripe-cross morph. Striped axanthics, striped albinos, and anerys go for around $300-$600.

Standard rosy boas cost around $300.

What Makes A Snake So Expensive?

Two key factors determine the price of a snake, but availability is underlying. The two things that affect cost are the species and the morph, but both depend on availability.

Some species are less common than others and, therefore, more expensive. If a species hasn’t been bred in captivity for a long time, they are often more expensive since they are harder to source. When there are thousands of breeders around the world that breed a species, the price of the snake is reduced.

Within a species, the price is mainly affected by morph. The “standard” coloration and pattern of a snake is called its wildtype. Any unique colors, patterns, or characteristics that a breeder can reliably produce are marketed as morphs. An albino morph, for example, is a morph that can’t produce melanin, a darkening pigment, in their skin. When a morph first comes out, it is extremely expensive because nobody has it. As it is further bred and more breeders get their hands on it, it becomes more common, reducing the price.

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Close-up view of a green tree python (Morelia viridis). The snake has a very distinguishable diamond-shaped head.

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Colby is a freelance writer from Charlotte, North Carolina. When he isn't distracted by his backyard birdfeeder, you can find him camping, exploring, and telling everyone around him about what he's recently learned. There's a whole world to learn about and Colby is content to spend his life learning as much as he can about it!

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