Well, here we have a morph combination that is not often seen on the market, due to its abiguity of sorts. Het Red Axanthics are a "boring" base morph, and therefore do not get bred into many things. I know several breeders that work very closely with the morph, including myself, and hope to find some awesome never before seen combinations in the near future.
Now what makes a Pastel or even a base Het Red Axanthic?
First, it begins in the color. Het Red Axanthics have an overall darker tone, with less yellows and more browns. They are most well known for the common dorsal black back over the spine, but this is not the only indicator of the morph, and it also may not even occur on some Het Reds.
Note in the photos that there are odd shaped alien heads with squiggles.
These squiggles are located within the body of the pattern (in the alien heads themselves) and don't seem to fit anywhere else. Can you see them in the photo below? They are the random black side spots in an otherwise organized pattern. There is one right below the word "below".
You notice that these pastels are not as bright as some can be. Yes! That is true... Again with the Het Red morph being in play, the tone is more golden, not neon yellow as some Pastels can be.
They are, however, still stunning in their own right.
All three of these photos on the blog are of different Pastel het Red Axanthics. They can vary immensly, and if you are in anyway doubtful of a Het Red, just try and pinpoint what could be there as an indicator.
I have heard from many people that some Het Reds rival that of Black Pastels. This is true, and that is actually how I became the first person to create the Onyx. I thought it would be an awesome idea to breed a dark "normal" to my Black Pastel to see what would pop out.
Of course, the rest is history, and the Het Red gained popularity. I hope with other combinations, it will continue to do the same.
Have a great day, my friends.