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A Lesser with No Eyes

Posted by: Editor on 4/19/2012
We hatched out a Lesser Platinum ball python in 2011 that was born with no eyes.  Someone recently asked to see a photo, so we figured we would make it a quick blog post.  We've certainly seen this before in ball pythons, not in our collection, but in posts on forums.  This guy appears to be completely normal other than the lack of eyes!
 
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A Lesser With No Eyes
It turns out being born without eyes is a condition called anophthalmia and happens in many animals, including humans.  This is not the place to go into the causes in great detail, but if anyone is interested they should head to Wikipedia, which will can give you a head start - see the link here.  It appears this condition can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetic mutation or prenatal conditions (a virus contracted in the egg for example).  The conditions is often associated with other birth defects, though as we mentioned, this little guy appears to be firing on all cylinders.

We're obviously going to keep him in our collection and see how he does, though it's doubtful we will breed him in the future.  It seems enough is known about this condition to make any experimentation on our end superfluous at best.

HVH




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