As we know, changes in living nature occur constantly: mutations lead to the appearance of new breeds and even species, and under the influence of environmental conditions, living organisms can acquire new properties. But sometimes among the emerging features are those that at first glance are not at all useful for the animal, but extremely amusing. And it happened with one of the pythons, on the skin of which appeared a pattern resembling a smiley emoji.
It is worth saying that, if I may say so, this python appeared “not immediately so.” Justin Kobylka took about 8 years to breed a snake with this color to a breeder from the USA Justin Kobylka. The patterns on the snake’s body really resemble a smiley face, and their appearance is associated with a number of recessive mutations. Such coloring would hardly help a snake in the wild, therefore such mutations are considered extremely rare. As we remember from the course of biology, mutations are both dominant, which suppress the meaning of the trait, as well as recessive ones, which, on the contrary, are suppressed. The fact is that in order to deduce an individual with the recessive significance of a trait, it is necessary to spend much more time and effort, since all the “strong” signs in individuals need to get rid of.
Justin was already asked to sell the python for 4.5 thousand dollars, but he refused to do it because of the uniqueness of the animal. In addition, some Web users note that emoji on the body of a python is like a pumpkin, and the snake itself would be “the perfect accessory for Halloween.”