Proven by:Kevin McCurley of NERD (1999)
The Spider is an awesome mutation to say the least. It has to be one of the best examples of “reduced patterning” in a ball python.
The Spider gene is classified as a dominant mutation. It is a common belief that the super form of this snake produces a dead egg, or slug. I have been told, by Kevin McCurley himself, that this is not the case. The Super Spider is NOT a deadly combination, and I will have to try it out. A super spider, if they exist, would look just like a spider, but throw 100% spider offspring.
While Kevin is certain that they are not a deadly combination, he has not produced a super to back up the claim. This sounds like a challenge, to prove or disprove the actual discoverer of this morph.
Spiders have very fine “spider web stripes” on their bodies where a normal ball python would have the thicker dark bands and patches. This “webbed pattern” makes the Spider’s head especially attractive. The Spider ball python’s head pattern has been said to resemble a skull. There is often a webbing within the white of the underside of their head as well. The spider’s color is much lighter than a normal ball python’s, it’s almost a light olive brown, with pretty orange scales scattered on the sides. Spiders also have Pied white sides, and these are what set this snake apart from any other reduced pattern mutations.
In addition to their great looks, spiders are also known for their ravenous appetites and active libidos.
The Spider ball is an excellent morph to play with. They combine well with just about all other mutations. The spider is an absolute MUST for anyone interested in working with ball python morphs.