About Us

Hi! Welcome to ReptileConnexion.com

Reptile Connexion pride themselves in producing high quality investment pythons for future breeding projects, the family pet or first snake, and individuals only after that perfect display animal.

Who is Reptile Connexion?

Reptile Connexion was established in 2006 by Damian Hyde. Damian has kept many Australian reptile species since the mid 1980’s and became fascinated with them from an earlier age. Growing up at the base of the Blue Mountains, NSW he would go trekking to find as many reptiles as he could to watch as a past time. In later years Damian began keeping and breeding Australian species, which is when Reptile Connexion came to life.

Damian Hyde & Grant “TJ” Rothwell are two reptile enthusiasts located in Western Sydney, Australia, that have been involved with various reptiles for over 25 years. They bring their reptile experience to you through knowledge sharing, customer service and supply of healthy reptiles and rodents.

Reptile Connexion has a variety of Australian reptiles both locality specific species and designer morphs.

Please take the time to view our collection and available offspring, read through our genetic information and blog (RCNews), and send us an email with any questions or queries you may have

Our Collection

Our Collection

Over the past 15 years Reptile Connexion have collected and bred most of the Australian Pythons available in captivity, both locality specific species and for designer mutations.
With more focus on our designer mutation breeding programs, reptile connexion now only keep a selective type of species. These are:


Antaresia complex (Children’s Python family) are classified as the smallest of the Australian Pythons. The Antaresia sp. housed @ Reptile Connexion include:

  • Children’s Pythons (childreni): Ghost, T positive albino, Elcho Island
  • Stimson’s Pythons (stimsoni): NSW locality


These animals collectively make up a high percentage of our reptiles. The morelia sp (Carpet Python Complex) and their associated morphs housed @ Reptile Connexion include:

  • Green Tree Python (GTP): Australian and Aru localities.
  • Rough Scaled Python(RSP)
  • Centralian Carpet(Bredli): Wild type, Hypomelanistic, and Jaguar.
  • Diamond Python: Wild type:
  • Coastal Carpet Python: Wild type, Hypomelansitic, Jaguar, and Axanthic.
  • Jungle Carpet: Jaguar and Zebra.
  • Darwin Carpet: Wild type, Albino and Jaguar.
  • Cape York Carpet: Wenlock River & Archer River localities.


Children’s Python
These are the second smallest pythons in the world. They are from the northern part of Australia.  These pythons grow to about 3 feet and are easily housed. They make great starter pythons and are extremely easy to breed.
Reptile Connexion have a been breeding these for many years and have been fortunate enough to make some ‘world 1st’ morphs including the Ghost Tee, documented our finding on the Ghost genetics, and presented at mutation conferences and Herp societies on breeding genetic mutations of the Anteresia species.


Stimson’s python
various localities, patterns and mutation including NSW bold pattern, and NSW reduce pattern.


Green Tree Python (aka GTP)
The Green Tree Python is one of the most beautiful, outstanding and unmistakable python species in the world. They are a tropical species found in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Iron Range Nation Park in Australia. They are a true arboreal species with an average adult size of approximately 4-5 feet in length and are considered to be fairly high maintenance compared to other Morelia species and are not recommended for beginners.


Rough Scaled Python (aka RSP)
The unique and inquisitive Rough-Scaled Python is a relative new comer to the captive world of reptiles and is the only python species in the world thus far to have keeled scales. It is a medium sized python reaching roughly 6 feet in length. RSP are restricted to the far northwestern Kimberley habitat in Western Australia. At this stage not much is known about the biology of this species, adding to the intrigue of working with this unique and mystifying python species.


Darwin Carpet Python
Darwin Carpet Pythons (aka Top End Pythons) are a beautiful carpet python from northwestern Australia that can grow up to 7 feet in length, and consist of a beautiful pattern with tan and black bands interspersed with orange and yellow.
Darwin carpets are one of the most common species of carpet python since being the first species of python to be available to public collectors & breeders with the albinism trait, unmasking the beautiful colours normally hidden underneath the darker exterior.
Albino Darwins have been a pandora’s box in regards to untapped potential in the morph market with the outcome of various morphs such as paradox, reduced pattern, high yellow, high white, albino jaguar, albino zebra and the sungow morphs.

Jungle carpets have a relatively small distribution in north Queensland and are a beautiful python reaching 4.5 to 7 feet in length.  Our Jungles are primarily form the Palmerston region in Australia, and are known for their small adult size (4.5ft) and vibrant yellow expressions.
Reptile Connexion currently have Jungle Zebra, and Jungle Jaguar mutations that are being utilised in our mutation projects.

Stimson’s python
various localities, patterns and mutation including NSW bold pattern, and NSW reduce pattern.


Stimson’s python
various localities, patterns and mutation including NSW bold pattern, and NSW reduce pattern.

Our Mutations

Our Mutations

Our Mutations

One of the most exciting things as a reptile breeder is being able to selectively breed for a desired outcome and then witness the new designer animals pop out into the world. Here @ Reptile Connexion we strive to produce genetically viable and robust designer mutations (morphs) using proven animals of a genetic trait and mode of inheritance. This mutations section has been created for two (2) primary reasons:
1. Visualisation: Display the mutations we currently have in our collections by showing proven results; and
2. Education: Describe how reptile genetics works, the genetic makeup of our mutations, and explain what to look for when you the reader wish to breed any of these genetic combinations.
Some of the mutations we are using in our breeding projects to date are:
Antaresia: Ghost, Tyrosinase-positive (T+) albino, striped, hypermelanistic, and hypomelanistic.
Morelia: Axanthic, Hypomelanistic, Albino, Jaguar, and Zebra.
Stay tuned for some exciting projects to be revealed, and dedicated pages of each mutation created.

Ghost Childreni

The Ghost Childreni Morph

Damian Hyde, Reptile Connexion.com, July 2012
The genetic makeup of the mysterious Antaresia childreni Ghost morph is limited and undocumented. The time has come for me to document my theories and experience within my own collection through feeding, keeping and breeding these underestimated animals over the past 6 seasons. Many Antaresia breeders have dismissed my theories over the years, and because of this I have therefore not discussed my thoughts to anyone outside of my close group of herpetoculture friends.
I have been out crossing and line breeding the ghost childreni since 2006 and am now starting to achieve some very interesting results.
I am convinced that there is more than one mode of inheritance involved when it comes to the expression of the Ghost phenotype.
An incomplete dominant hypomelanistic gene – A pairing between a Wild type Antaresia childreni and a Ghost Antaresia childreni will result in a percentage of a clutch expressing a reduced amount of melanin. These animals undergo subtle colour changes and display atypical shades of grey blotching instead of the standard black blotching. See attached photos of these animals that display the variation of their grey colour and patterning.
An ontogenic polymorphic colour change – A pairing of Ghost to Wild type animals will produce approximately 75% ghosts, they are not all visible till later in life – usually at 10+ months of age and in the first generation. Breeding siblings to each other or the parents will yield approximately 75% of the clutch expressing more predominant ghost traits after their second and third slough cycles.
Another observation that I have witnessed with the Ghost gene, is the colour hue changes of the animal at varying times. Originally it was perceived that the colour change was trigger by day to night, I have however observed that the time of day for colour transformation is irrelevant. I am still to determine what the triggers are; however I believe it is more related to heat, and digestion. When the ghost subjects get to the preferred body temperature (approx 28ºC) they will display lighter shades and variations, opposed to the darker variations when their body temperatures are below 26ºC. They also appear to change to their darker colour expression for about 20-24 hrs after consuming a prey item if offered to them during they lighter colour period. My interpretation of this phenomenon is that as darker colours absorb heat quicker, this potentially allows the animals to increase their body temps more rapidly therefore increasing their rate of digestion.

The first Super Ghost morph was created in 2009 by pairing two visual hets of the Ghost childreni mutation. The suspected Super Ghost was created from the original ghost F1 female, paired to a F3 male. This female Super Ghost is currently producing her own progeny and had 3 surviving hatchies from last season (2011). In 2013 I am looking forward to breeding a male back to the original mother.
This Ghost gene is now being utilised to create some very interesting morphs. I have been concentrating on selectively breeding these ghost childreni for approximately 5 years, and am now observing these changes more frequently! I also have a more informed understanding of the mutation due to an increase in the numbers of individual animals in my collection.

Ghost Morelia

Ghost Morelia Morph


Axanthic Morelia Morph


Albino Morelia Morph


Hypomelanistic Morelia Morph


Zebra Morelia Morph


Jaguar “aka Jag” Morelia Morph

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