Discussion in 'Reptile News' started by Herptology, Sep 14, 2020.
not sure why it’s got a black head, perhaps the genetics expert can fill us in
Here’s the adult
It has a dark head because individuals of this species have dark heads.
But doesn’t albinism strip dark pigment
The normal white lipped has a darker head than body so it makes sense the body is a lighter colour. I was going to say the hatchy could just be in shed making head appear darker than the caramel/brown coloured head of the adult but the other photos on their site all have the same appearance. A nice looking mutation IMO.
You're thinking of typical/regular albinism, which eliminates melanin, which gives the mutants a somewhat 'negative image' look. T+ reduces rather than eliminates it, typically giving the mutants a washed out or 'hypo' look. Very different.
If you had this species with a typical albinism mutation, the head would be the most pale part of the body (perhaps excluding the belly).