Whenever I show someone a picture of an axanthic ball python, the conversation is always the same:
"It's a black and white picture of a snake. So what?"
This simple recessive mutation eliminates the yellow and/or red pigments, leaving an animal with
normal patterns and contrast, but cast entirely in shades of grey, black and brown. When combined
with a pattern mutation, the axanthic mutation creates a whole host of stunning, grayscale animals
that look more like filtered photographs than real snakes.