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Isn't breeding all those different morphs cruel / unnatural?

A very interesting  opinion often seen seen on certain reptile forums is the suggestion that breeding all these unusual colour and pattern mutations is unnatural and cruel and leading to many associated health problems (suggested by inbreeding).

The first point to bear in mind that almost all the single mutations seen so far have been found in the wild as babies hatching or young adults, in fact the highest white pied so far produced / seen is one that was discovered as an adult in a built up area in Africa! Albinos, Pieds, Pastels, Yellow Bellys, Cinnamons, Axanthics, Clowns, Stripes, Pinstripes, Enchis, Caramels, Ghosts, mojaves & platinums were all from Africa...not created in a lab!

Of course they are now combination morphs that are the results of mixing two or more of these mutations together and yes the likelihood of this occurring in the wild would be very slim it but it does still have the chance of happening...after all what is stopping two mojaves to breed in the wild other than the limited numbers in the first place.

With regards to health issues from inbreeding, this so far is very limited and only Caramel Albinos seem to be affected (caramel x caramel has produced a higher % of kinked spines) but again this morph is being out bred and the problem is likely to disappear soon enough and is easy to deal with by breeding visuals to unrelated hets. Ball Pythons contain possibly the largest reptile gene pool in captivity (due to the 10's of 1000's of CF babies that enter the hobby each year) and the vast majority of morphs are actually out crossed almost straight away, ie most people buy a co-dom male and breed it to normal females, with chances of them being related would be almost zero.

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