Leopard gecko becomes a lovable pet because of their exotic look and the variation of their colors and patterns—or morphs. Perhaps, leopard gecko is the only pet with the richest selection of colors and patterns. Leopard gecko lovers will try to add new pets with new morphs to their collection whenever possible. One of the most coveted morphs is called blizzard. Although leopard gecko blizzard may look paler than other leopard gecko morphs, it is this pale look that actually makes the blizzard lizard look unique. Here we will discuss about what blizzard morph is and how to breed a leopard gecko blizzard and to add it to your collection.
What Is Leopard Gecko Blizzard?
Leopard gecko blizzard is simply a leopard gecko with white or yellow coloration and virtually no pattern. The morph gets its name because it has similar look to that of a winter blizzard. A purple variant is also present and it is called midnight blizzard due to its darker hue. Generally speaking, leopard gecko with blizzard morph looks paler than leopard geckos with other more vibrant morphs, but the rarity of this pale morph makes it a coveted morph for every leopard gecko lover. Like murphy patternless morph that shares almost similar look, blizzard morph is also categorized as a recessive morph.
When Does Leopard Gecko Blizzard First Appear?
Leopard gecko blizzard was discovered by Jay Villa of Prehistoric Pets in 1995. This morph is considered a result of a true leucistic mutation, so the pale look of a blizzard leopard gecko is due to the loss of multiple types of pigment, unlike albino leopard gecko who loses only one particular pigment.
Leopard Gecko Blizzard Variants
The original version of leopard gecko blizzard is the one with white or grey color. The following are two known variants of this morph.
Yellow blizzard is a variant of blizzard with yellow as the predominant color.
Distinguishing banana blizzard from yellow blizzard is often difficult. This is why many breeders sell yellow blizzard as banana blizzard. The fact is that while yellow blizzard is a pure blizzard morph, banana blizzard is a result of a combination of blizzard and murphy patternless.
As mentioned above, one of the variants of blizzard morph has purple as the base color. The purplish color, as well as other darker colors, is due to the temperature degree exposed during the incubation process. The lower the temperature degree, the darker the resulted color. This variant gets its name due to the dark hue of its base color.
Leopard Gecko Blizzard versus Murphy Patternless
Leopard gecko blizzard is often mistaken for murphy patternless, another pale morph that was discovered by Pat Murphy in 1991. One variant of blizzard morph that is mentioned above, i.e. banana blizzard, is actually a murphy patternless morph and not a true blizzard. Due to their similarity in visual, distinguishing blizzard morph from murphy patternless morph is often doable only through test breeding.