In a rare occurrence, a python breeder has managed to breed a very unique ball python snake. The one in question actually contains not one or two but three smiling emojis on its skin. Justin Kobylka, a snake breeder in the US has been rearing the ball pythons since the past 20 years but he says this is the first time he has seen something this unique. He has also sold the reptile for $6,000(Rs 4.37 Lakh).
Justin said he was actually trying to achieve just the bright golden yellow and white color combination when this this lavender albino piebald ball python hatched. According to Justin, one in every 20 such reptiles can have a smiley face on their bodies but this is a first time for him.
The ball pythons get such patterns on their skin due to recessive mutations but such patterns are very difficult to be found in the wild. Justin has termed the python as an emoji ball python.
The rare snake was sold for about $6,000. Speaking to CNN, Justin said, “One in every 20 animals can have a smiley face on it.
Ball pythons are also known as royal pythons and are native to West and Central Africa, where they thrive on grasslands, shrubby areas and open forests. The reptiles are listed as to be of ‘least concern’ on the IUCN Red List because they are very well distributed, although the species are often hunted for meat and targeted for international pet trade.