Designing: Melanistic Pastel

Created: 6 March 2021, 12:05:19 UTC
Last updated: 5 October 2023, 02:41:12 UTC

Melanistic Pastel



Bullet; White Melanistic pastel creates a dark, banded wash over the ketucari's coat similar to the patterning found on super ghi ball pythons. You can find examples HERE.
Bullet; White Melanistic pastel requires both homozygous lace (also known as acid) and the melanistic modifier (+Me) in order to express.
The melanistic modifier can be carried on heterozygous lace (nLc+Me) but will not express.
Bullet; White The melanistic modifier has a 20% chance of passing.


Melanistic pastel must be a darker color of your chosen base, with a minor deviation in hue. It can also be a fully desaturated color of the base, as long as it is darker. Melanistic pastel may be pure black. It must always show some of the base color beneath.

Dskyes by Matriarchs-Haunt 
These colors would be acceptable for this base color. They are either a darker version of the base, or a darker and desaturated version of the base. The last color on the right shows a minor deviation in hue, and is slightly more yellow than the base itself. Notice that this small change is not overbearing.

Dskno by Matriarchs-Haunt
These colors would be unacceptable for melanistic pastel. They are either lighter than the base coat or have too drastic a hue shift.


Melanistic pastel should be more extensive than both acid and lace. It should cover the majority of the top line, and can fade out
along the legs and underbelly. It must cover enough of the body that it is immediately recognizable.

Interaction with Other Markings

Bullet; White All markings can be layered under or over melanistic pastel.
Bullet; White Melanistic pastel can be influenced by vapor and segment. Vapor paired with melanistic pastel may bypass the 50% coverage rule and show up wherever the melanistic pastel shows. Remember you must still have some base coat visible.


Here are some small accents you can add to your designs to make them more unique!

Bullet; White Melanistic may have a subtle gradient that fades into the base coat, like below.
Mel Pastel by Matriarchs-Haunt