I am always on the look out for rare or odd house snakes, and am privileged to have friends worldwide whom look out for them for me (as I look out for their interests here in the US) so when a Dutch friend of mine happened across 23 bright orange babies and an older male het, I was more than happy to take the call.
I briefly spoke to the breeder (in broken Dutch- not my strongest language) in a video chat where I was shown the animals and it was arranged that I would pay my exporter for them and they could be sent with another shipment coming from South Africa that just so happened to be leaving Amsterdam in just 3 days. Just 11 days later they were here in the United States. Unfortunately because of the rush to make the export and the fast paced nature of the show, I wasn't able to get as much information on their background as I typically would like to have.
Again this is a new project so these are just my observations so far.
It's obvious that these animals are not a typical albino, but when bred to others they are surprisingly compatible. I've done a couple crosses with them now and in every case the pairing results in babies that are brighter, more intensely colored, and with patterns that are consistently distorted, typically are either very stripey or granite speckled. In my cross to a Kzn Red Albino, I found the red was brought out immediately and rivals any other red type morph i'm currently working in. In a cross to my facemask project line it brings the white up crazy high on the sides. While it did retain some striping in each pairing so far, It only seems to retain its patternless pure white stripe when crossed to east london locality capes though. So I believe that just happens to come from that locality. So far it seems to effect both color and pattern to a degree no matter what I do with it though, so I look forward to continuing to explore it in future pairings.