Leopard gecko is reptiles that are quite popular as pets, and the morph types of geckos are the most favorite ones. If you are interested in purchasing one or some of them, make sure you read this article first, because we will give you some information about the most popular types of leopard gecko morphs and how to choose them.
Trait and definitions
- Simple Recessive: the trait is passed on by both parents. Animals with the recessive traits but refuse to show it then they are referred to as the heterozygous or het.
- Polygenic: this trait is also known as the “line bred” trait. Animals with this trait tend to express certain characteristic and mostly bred to each other selectively. They wish to improve the characteristic through the reproduction.
- Co-Dominant: this trait could be passed on by one or both parents. It could be very blatant in the first offspring generation. If the trait is passed on by both parents, it is referred to as the “super”.
- Line Breeding: this term refers to a breeding process of certain related animals in order to get specific trait.
- Out Crossing: this term refers to the breeding process of unrelated animals to get new traits or to increase the diversity in their genetics. Also, it could prevent the genetic defects.
- Phenotype: the actual appearance that is visible of an animal.
- Heterozygous: animals that carry the recessive trait but never show it.
- Homozygous: animals that show the recessive trait.
Types of leopard gecko morphs
There are so many types of leopard gecko morphs that you can find in pet markets. Here, we will give you some lists of the most popular types of geckos which are not only beautiful but also very unique in their own ways.
There are at least three strains of albinism such as Tremper albinos, rainwater albinos, and bell albinos. Albinos are mostly recognized by the lack of their black pigment, generally. They have a simple recessive trait.
This type is called Murphy’s Patternless and sometimes also referred to as the Leucistic Leopard Gecko. It has a simple recessive trait and no pattern even after they are adults. Moreover, the color is widely varied from the grays to the greenish. There is a patternless albino type and the difference is only on their skin color.
It looks similar to the patternless leopard geckos but the color range starts from white to gray. Blizzards are just another simple recessive animal that has no pattern from the birth until they are mature and aging.
4. Blazing Blizzards
They have the trait of Blizzard but they look in any shade of gray. Some of them show a blatant yellow overcast on their skin.
5. Red Stripes, Bold Stripes, and Jungles
Those three have the polygenic traits. Red stripes are selectively bred so the orange or yellow color will appear with two reddish stripes on their skin. The Jungles are grouped by their pattern that looks like a broken band – none of them are identical. Meanwhile, the Bold stripes look similar to the Jungles but their dark pigments just spread along their body.
6. Hypomelanistic, Super Hypo, and Baldy
The hypomelanistic refers to as the gecko that has a small amount of dark pigment on their body but some spots are still visible. The Super-hypo one has no spot on their body. Meanwhile, the Baldy has no spots on their head but the spots visible on their body. They have the line-bred or polygenic trait.
7. Tangerine, Carrot Tail, and Carrot Head
Tangerine or Tang has the shades of orange base color. The Carrot Tail describes a gecko with the shades of the orange tail. Carrot Head is used for describing the orange spots on their head.
This type is a result of a combination between the polygenic Hypo or a Super-Hypo and the recessive albino. They have a yellow to orange color on their body. Some people also call them Sunglows due to their colors. The three albino descendants could create this type of gecko.
9. Giant and Super Giant
Both are believed to be the co-dominant trait, which results in their size. The weight range is wide up to 156 grams. Originally, they come from the Tremper Albino traits.
10. Line-Bred Snows
This type of Leopard Gecko is selectively bred to get the white color. When the bred is exceptional, it will show black and white on their skin without any yellow or orange spot. They are the polygenic morph.
11. Mack Snow and Mack Super Snow
Both are also the co-dominant morphs. The breeding is supposed to remove the orange and yellow color that commonly shows up on Leopard Gecko. Mack Snow could display the black and white color while the Mack Super Snow has deep black with white patterns and their deep dark eyes.
How to choose the leopard gecko
If you are interested in purchasing a leopard gecko for the first time, make sure that the one that you buy is the right and healthy leopard gecko. The following tips will guide you on how to choose the right and healthy gecko so you will not regret the decision to purchase it.
First, observe the tail. You should make sure that the tail is fat and plump and look rounded. Second, examine any signs of disease. The healthy gecko will have clear eyes, clean nose, and mouth. Third, observe the face. Make sure that there is no goop or wound (e.g.: burn, scratch, bite marks) around the gecko’s eyes. The gecko should also able to close its mouth properly.
Not only face, but you should also observe the toes. The leopard gecko should have all five toes, and make sure that they swell free. The next step is to look at its feces if any. The feces color is normally dark with a few white fibers. The last thing to consider is the gecko’s body. Make sure that it has no large bump on its body. The healthy body of leopard gecko should be smooth and in line.