Platinum

Platinum Ball Python

Genetic Morph: Platinum

Status: Proven Co-Dominant

When: 2004

By Whom: Ralph Davis (RDR)

The original "Platty Daddy" was bred in the fall of 2000 to several normal females..........when the clutches hatched there were normal looking offspring and offspring that resembled the Platinum father ( I was amazed that this was not simple recessive ) The aberrants were not nearly as light, faded or hypo as their father, so I call them "Lesser Platinums"........to date 1/03/04 I have produced Lessers from breeding the original Platinum male to normal females, I have produced Lessers from breeding the first generation Lesser males ( 01s ) to normal females...........so Lesser x Normal produces Lessers and Normals...............Platty x Normal produces Lessers and Normals............now here is where it gets very interesting ............I bred Lesser x normal looking sibling and produced Lessers, Normals and "Platty Daddys".............this is unheard of in the co-dom world??..............but I knew that this would happen because I knew that the original Platinum was carrying a "hidden gene"...............this "hidden gene" has to be what makes him so hypo.........now I have not isolated the "hidden gene" yet.......I think in 03 I was lucky enough that the "hidden gene" landed on three Lessers and that would make them look like the original father..............so basically "Daddy Platty" is a Lesser with a better paint job because he is also "showing" the "hidden gene"................make any sense to ya?...........LOL..........I would expect that if Daddy Platty is a visible Lesser and also homozygous for a simple recessive trait that makes him look the way he does, that ALL the babies should be het for his "hidden gene" trait regardless if they are normal looking or Lessers.............this is what I know so far as far as the Lessers and the Platties go............:)

Now for the
BOMB!!..............I bred Lessers x Phantoms and produced Normals,
Phantoms, Lessers and Leucistics in 2003.........

It's 05 now and I'm
gettin' some more stuff figured out............the Blue Eyed Lucy from
breeding a Phantom x Lesser is just that..........a "Phantom
Lesser".........a "Phantom Lesser Lucy"..........the Blue Eyed Lucy from
breeding Platty x Lesser and Lesser x Lesser is a "Super Lesser", the Super
Lesser being the whitest of all the "white snakes" produced thus far ( Super
Lesser )............Platties are still only being produced from breeding a
Lesser that is sired by Platty Daddy to a normal looking that is sired by
Platty Daddy....or Platty Daddy x normal sib or Lesser.

Platty x Platty has
not been done as of 05.

So there it
is....................I'm slowly learning more about the "Mysterious Platty
Daddy" each breeding season....................stay tuned!!!

 

(picture by RDR, text from RDR)