Graziani acquired their first male Pastel Jungle Ball Python in 1994. He was imported from Africa
through a small importer in Miami FL. This is just one of their signature mutations produced first at Graziani Reptiles
in 1997. Pastel Jungles were proven co-dominant in 2001 by Kevin McCurley of NERD (New England Reptiles Distributors).
Excerpt taken from an article written by Greg Graziani:
"In 1995 at the National Reptile Breeders Expo in Orlando I met Kevin McCurley from NERD. A mutual friend
introduced us and we got to talking about Ball Pythons when Kevin said that he received an imported ball python that I had
to see. We went up to his room and he pulled out a snake that was identical to the male I had obtained in May of 1994. It
was a female! I asked him how much he wanted for it and he said it was not for sale. He was sure that it was a genetic mutation.
In 1997 I bred the male to a normal female ball python. On May 5, 1997 the normal female laid 7 large eggs. We were sure
that all the babies were going to look normal and hopefully be heterozygous for the male’s trait. On July 22, 1997 the
babies hatched. All 7 of the babies looked like the father when he was a hatchling. We were shocked and still were unsure
of the genetics of this mutation.
Still unsure of what we had we took the 7 animals to the National Reptile Breeders Expo in Orlando and displayed
each of them with a $2,500.00 price tag. Quite a few people were interested in them but were skeptical as to weather or not
this was genetic. After the show I learned that NERD produced 3 eggs from their animal and only 1 egg hatched and it looked
identical to the 7 animals that I produced about a month earlier. Kevin McCurley was calling his animals Pastel Jungle ball
pythons. So that every one was on the same page we elected to change the name of our animals from type 2 Jungles to Pastel
As the snakes matured their yellow color brightened up immensely. All 7 of the babies were much brighter than
their father. I sent Dan and Colette Sutherland a picture of the babies at 1 week old and then at 8 months old. The difference
was night and day. Dan and Colette were very interested in the snakes. At this time I had 2 clutches from our male Pastel
Jungle in the incubator. He had been bred back to the original female that produced the first 7 pastels and to another unrelated
female. I explained to Dan and Colette that I was not sure of the genetics of this mutation and would not know anything until
the 2 clutches hatched. Dan and Colette were sure that this was genetic and purchased 5 of the first 7 babies. On July 7,
1998 the eggs hatched from the original female that was bred to the Pastel Jungle for the second time. 7 eggs hatched and
3 were Pastel Jungle and 4 were normal. The second clutch hatched on July 21, 1998. 5 eggs hatched 3 Pastel Jungles and 2
normal. This proved the mutation to be dominant.
In 1999 NERD bred 2 Pastel Jungles together and produced the first Super Pastel Jungles. On August 13, 2000
we hatched our first Super Pastel Jungle ball python. Out of 7 eggs we hatched 3 normal, 3 Pastel Jungles and 1 Super Pastel
Jungle. The Super Pastel Jungle is awesome. It has all of the characteristics of the Pastel Jungle but they are expressed
to a greater degree. The siblings to the Super Pastel Jungle are also more vibrant than any of the other Pastel Jungles we
have produced. It is believed by many breeders that the Super Pastel Jungle is the homozygous form of pastel jungle. If this
is the case Super Pastel Jungles should produce 100% Pastel Jungles no matter what they are bred to and this would prove the
Pastel Jungle mutation to be co-dominant. It would also be the first “designer” ball python mutation. A co-dominant
mutation is one in which the homozygous form of a dominant mutation is visibly different from the heterozygous form.
Pastel Jungles were proven co-dominant in 2001 by Kevin McCurley of NERD when a Super Pastel Female bred to
a Spider male resulted in 100% Pastel Jungle and Pastel Spider offspring. To date no other ball python morph has been used
more than the Pastel Jungle to create new designer mutations."