Recessive

The more common and familiar of two forms of albinism, Tyrosinase (T-) Albinos are one of the most widely available recessive mutations. Lacking an enzyme essential to melanin production (tyrosinase), T- albinos possess no dark pigment and are characterized by white and yellow colouration and bright pink or red eyes. All of the albinos at Ouroborus are T- albinos.

Many people talk of "high contrast" and "low contrast" (aka "Faded") albinos. "High contrast" albinos show bright, vibrant yellows and very pure whites, and display very distinctly outlined patterns. "Low contrast" albinos show very little distinction in thier pattern, and their yellows and whites appear washed together and indistinct. They have a soft, uniform, 'peaches and cream' appearance.

While many people believe that high or low contrast can be selectively bred for, I've not seen nor read any evidence that this is true. Individuals that appear 'high contrast' at birth can often fade dramatically as they age, and 'low contrast' individuals can have 'high contrast' babies - and vice versa. (In the gallery below, note that 'Twizzler', a very low contrast male, sired 'Skittle' - a very high contrast female.) If anything, the phenotype seems more individual variation than a single, definable genetic mutation, and, if this is true, could potentially be selected for to create a targeted 'breed' or albino - but only across many, many generations.

A second form of simple recessive albinism, T+, also occurs in ball pythons. Commonly called "Caramel Albinos", these animals show much darker colouration with a washed out, sunglow effect. Though visually stunning, the mutation has been shown to be tied to kinking defects. We do not breed T+ albinos.