Dare To Dream: Man Spends 8 Years Breeding A Python With Emoji Smiley Face Patterns

March 7, 2017


This is the Emoji Ball Python bred by python breeder Justin Kobylka. Justin says he spent over eight years selectively breeding ball pythons to finally achieve this pattern, which resembles the smiley face emoji (although that one nearest its head looks like the 'uh-oh, that may have been more than a fart' emoji). He always says he could sell the snake for around $4,500 but has decided to keep it himself, presumably convinced it'll put him in the running for Most Interesting Man In The World. It absolutely won't though, just so we're clear.

Keep going for a short video.

Thanks to Marcus O, who informed me he's spent eight years trying to breed himself with underwhelming results. Same here, man, same here.

  • ToyBoxofGuns


  • TheQiwiMan

    SOME day man will eventually run out of ways to prove Mother Nature is his bitch.

    But not this day.

  • ToyBoxofGuns

    Nightman will just take over.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Yeah. When mother nature goes supernova and obliterates the first four planets.

  • Hazakabammer

    So to you, "Mother Nature" is Sol?

  • GeneralDisorder

    Sure. Or more that mother nature is an amorphous entity with nebulous powers that are undefined.

  • palpable ovaltine

    Emoji, or Lemonheads logo?

  • aquarius7373

    $4,500?! 10 years ago that would have sold for over $50k. I can't believe how far ball morph prices have fallen.

  • Roronoa Zoro

    How in all that's holy do you breed patterns into snakes??? So all snakes have like a genetic pattern that you can augment with eat set of baby snakes?

  • asdfadfs

    how do you do dogs the way it do?

  • Hazakabammer

    Just like all Humans have traits that can be bred in them, like super intelligence or athleticism- but fuck, you're an evil white supremacist Nazi fascist- if you think that implementing the idea for the greater good of all of us might be a great thing.

  • asdfadfs

    ♪for the good of all of us...except the ones who are dead ♪

  • Frédéric Purenne

    It pains me to see snakes with short body lenght like that. BUY BIGGER TERRARIUMS FFS!

  • Jessie

    ... You realize that snake is just a baby, right? It'll grow. The size of the terrarium does not affect the growth of the animal. I kept mine in a smaller habitat when she was a baby, and upgraded as she outgrew each one.

  • Hazakabammer

    You're legit a Moron. The size of the environment ALWAYS plays out on an animal, REGARDLESS OF WHAT ANIMAL IT IS.

    Evolution is driven by environment.

    Every organic creature has a preset blueprint when it's born. Dependent on the environment this blueprint will change greatly, but it can never extend beyond the potential within the organic creature, for example you cannot grow an extra leg or super sight.

    You put a Goldfish in a small bowl, it stays small, you place it into a large one, it grows large. The same can be said for every creature in general- however as I've stated, there is a specific potential range within which change can be made. Putting a naturally tall Human. who is preset to grow to 6"5, in a small room, 4"2, his body will attempt to adjust to the environment by bending and twisting, but he can never stop growing at 4"2. There are specific elements in our environment that stop us growing however by interrupting our growth hormones such as synthetic plastics, chemicals in drinking water, large caffeine intake, lack of physical activity, etc, etc.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    I've had a ball pyton and seen more, the proportions of the body's girth and lenght are off. This was clearly kept in a small enclosure.

  • aquarius7373

    Ball pythons don't like large enclosures. It stresses them out which leads to them not eating and digesting food properly, which may be why yours was thinner. The substrate/temp/humidity is much more important than terrarium size for them.

  • aquarius7373

    That's exactly what ball pythons look like. They are naturally very girthy and don't move often. If you had one any skinnier than that, it was very malnourished. - Owned pet store specializing in reptiles, bred ball pythons among many other species for over 5 years working with the biggest breeders in the country and worked with people that brought new wild morphs back from Ghana. Also very thick; much more so than in this video/pic.

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