August 6, 2009
July 9, 2009
I know I showed off these gecko babies in the last post, BUT. I just looked in the tubs last night and these two knocked my socks off. They are not cutting edge morphs, but they are real stunning to me. I can’t wait to see how they develop.
July 1, 2009
I just had to post these two new leopard gecko babies. The sire is a Mack Snow Jungle het Tremper Albino and the dame is a Tremper Albino. (Pics below)
What I don’t know and I can’t find a clear answer to, is whether the jungle trait is polygenic or a recessive genetic trait. More on that below the pictures here, including my little case study.
I’m going to pair this Mack Snow Jungle het Albino leopard gecko girl with the sire and hopefully get some Super Mack Snow Jungle’s and Super Snow Tremper Albino Jungle (MSSTAJ). We would only have a 6% chance of hitting the MSSTA, but it would be really cool. We should have a 50% chance on the Super Snow Jungles though.
I didn’t mention this before, but both these girls also have a striped tail. I don’t want to shout about them much until I see if they grow out of the stripe. This girl is amazing. She is a Tremper Albino Jungle leopard gecko and she has some killer yellows to her. I can’t wait to see what she turns into.
I believe she will also be paired up with the sire to prove out the jungle stripe, striped tail and to make some killer MSJ, MSAJ, Albino jungles, and normal jungles. I would be suprised if any of the offspring are not jungle. If none of the offspring are normal pattern, then I will believe this jungle pattern to be recessive. (FYI – MSS=Mack Super Snow, MS= Mack Snow, J=Jungle, A=Albino).
Leopard Gecko Jungle Genetics
At this point I honestly don’t know whether the jungle trait in these leopard geckos is recessive or polygenic, but I believe it to be recessive and here’s why.
I have bred a this male Jungle Mack Snow het tremp to 4 different females and only one female has produced the jungle pattern. Out of the 4 eggs that hatched (from original 6) 3 were jungle. (2 dried/molded). The first two are pictured above and the other two are pictured below.
Dad MSJ het Tremp:
Here is the Dame Tremp Albino (breeder said poss Het RAPTOR maybe):
Here are the other two siblings
The odds we hit are exactly along the genetic percentages you should hit if the trait is recessive. Unfortunately it’s too small of a test group to know. Maybe I will hold on to the last normal looking one. If she is het jungle then she should produce 50% jungles and 50% het jungles that look normal. And 50% of those should be Mack Snow from dad.
If you have any other ideas about the jungle genetics or just want to make a comment, please leave one below.
May 29, 2009
Steve Raffaele @ Western Gecko hatched out this killer looking leopard gecko in mid-May of 2009. I wanted to post this little guy up because it looks so unique. I’ll get more information on the parents and update this post as Steve posts juvenile and adult pics. If you want to see more of Steve’s stock, check out Western Gecko (Canada). (Parents added below)
Steve was nice enough to send along pictures of the pair that created this cool gecko.
May 28, 2009
Just wanted to give a quick superiormorphs.com leopard gecko update. We may have some boas later on in the season, or we may have to look forward to the coming season.
Meanwhile, here are a few baby leopard gecko’s that we are real happy with this season. Shoot us an email if you are interested in any of them or check superiormorphs.com and see if we’ve put them up yet. We are just waiting until we are 100% sure of their sex.
Mack Snow Hypo Leopard Gecko (one of my favorites)
Jungle Carrot Tail Leopard Gecko (striped tail?)
May 7, 2009
Little update on some of our Leopard Gecko Babies this season. We also purchased a new cameraso you will see pics with a little more color and clarity around here. Especially if I actually learn how to use it.
This little guy/gal is from a Mack Snow Het Tremp x SHTCT
This little guy/gal is a Super Hypo Snow Leopard Gecko from the same pairing
April 20, 2009
These aren’t the new baby leopard gecko’s that hatched out here this week. There just pictures of them. :)
One of the things I love about our leopard gecko project this year is how many different possibilities we have from Mack Super Snow Albino, to Normals. This little guy is a great example. Dad is a mack snow het tremper, and mom is a talbino poss het RAPTOR. He/she missed the snow gene and the homozygous albino genes. He had a 50% chance at both.
I’m psyched that he missed those genes and I can’t wait to see what it turns into. He has a peculiar stripe on the tail and what may be a jungle pattern. Fun stuff.
Here is a Mack Snow het albino that has a normal pattern.
We are REALLY excited about this project. These two gecko’s probably represent the finest base breeding stock we have ever worked with. They are not base in that we are starting from scratch. But they are in the sense that we have an end goal in mind (Diablo Blanco Leopard Geckos) and we are going to create our own, instead of purchasing one or two for breeding.
The male Blazing Blizzard (Tremper Albino/Blazzard Patternless) is one of the nicest I have ever seen. My hope is that the whiter the BB the whiter the Diablo Blanco Leopard Gecko. I lucked into this guy. Notice how little yellow he has in his body. Almost none.
This little gem is his new GF. She is a stunning RAPTOR (Ruby eye Albino Patternless Tremper ORange) strait from Ron Tremper. She has two full ruby red eye’s that I did not catch with the camera this time around.
If we succeed in getting offspring from these two, we will get leopard gecko’s that look !!!! Albino !!!! Not very exciting?
Well there’s more. All (I believe) the babies will be het for Diablo Blanco. The only trait that will show in the babies is albino, but they will all be het for Blizzard patternless, patternless, and ruby eyes. Add that to the albino and we should get some stunning Diablo Blanco Leopard Gecko’snext season. We will be incubating at a 3:1 female/male ratio in order to setup breeding herems.
Stop by our site SuperiorMorphs.com and see what we have available. We will be letting some Diablo Blanco Het’s go as well as some Diablo Blanco Leopard Gecko’s as soon as we have them.
April 9, 2009
Everywhere I look online for leopard gecko incubation info, people talk about moldy eggs. Almost every time I see someone post something like “Help, my eggs are moldy!”. The next poster is telling them their incubator is too humid. I think this is a mistake that leads to further green goblins.
I have a theory about this. It’s just a theory, but it’s working for me so far. I think their incubator is too dry. I don’t think a healthy egg will mold, even if it’s a bit too wet. I think the egg is dead and that’s why it’s molding 98% of the time. If you ask the moldy egg owner about the details, you will typically find that the eggs dented and then molded. Eggs dent because they are too dry. Then they die, then they mold.
It’s probably possible to drown or suffocate an egg, but I think it’s less likely then drying it to death. Go to the local pet store and get a cheap humidity gauge. Make sure your humidity stays above 80%. My theory is that leopard gecko incubation humidity should be 85-88%.
Others will say that you need ventilation to keep eggs from molding. Albey from albeysreptiles.com has hatched out hundreds if not thousands of leopard gecko eggs in sealed containers. Adding air holes or other ventilation will only dry them out and eventually turn them into green goblins.
I have successfully hatched leopard geckos in vermiculite, but I’m trying Albey’s incubation method a the same time in another incubator. I’ll keep you posted on the results. Vermiculite keeps the moisture right next to the egg as it’s an absorbent medium. Perlite used in Albey’s method is for draining water. With the water on the bottom of the incubator, and proper heat, the humidity rises and the egg can have moisture and air surrounding it for gas exchange. Gas exchange is very important for leopard gecko eggs.
Moral of the story? If you think your incubator is too dry add some water, if your eggs dent, add a couple tablespoons of water. If you think your incubator is to moist, leave it alone.
April 8, 2009
I happened to be up at 2am and caught this little guy/girl trying to escape the egg she was stuck in for 56 days. I believe the mother is a SHTCT and the dad is a Mack Snow het trempor. Enjoy!
Hatched 4/8/09 after about 56 days of incubation.