The Clown is a color and pattern mutation that is recessive. This mutation causes a reduced pattern with an insane dark, wide dorsal stripe and a very busy and aberrant head which many say is a bit comical looking. Consequently, according to VPI, the original first wild-caught, had a small dark marking beneath the eye, a little tear-shaped marking that reminded them of a clown tear, this gave the clown its name. In addition to its famed dark dorsal stripe, the pattern ranges from having “normal-like” markings to almost patternless.  The colors of clowns are very crisp tans, with a copper-like tone, and basic browns. These colors tend to mellow out as they mature.   

Tony Gude