US breeder creates snake with three smiley faces on it

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There are a few reptile fanatics that smile when they see snakes, but maybe only one snake that can smile right back at you … three times.

After eight years of breeding, this lavender albino piebald ball python has three smiley faces on it.

And it was a complete accident.

The lavender albino piebald ball python has three smiley faces on it.
The lavender albino piebald ball python has three smiley faces on it. (CNN)

Justin Kobylka, who has been breeding snakes for almost two decades, was actually trying to achieve this bright golden yellow and white color combination.

But in addition to that, the snake has three markings that look like smiley faces.

Patterns like these come from recessive mutations that can occur naturally, but it’s unlikely you would find a snake that looks like this in nature.

It took eight years of breeding to achieve the markings.
It took eight years of breeding to achieve the markings. (CNN)

“One in every 20 animals can have a smiley face on it,” Mr Kobylka said.

In his 19 years of breeding snakes he has never seen another snake with three smiles.

And this snake has a lot to smile about.

It sold for around US$6000 ($7836).

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