And why not?
With the relatively easy care of leopard’s, not to mention how easy it is to incubate their eggs, even a novice can create a Fantastic morph
Morphs first came out to the Farmers marketplace around 1990 with a few bright yellow colored geckos. Shortly afterward, the production of these morphs really started to take hold. Today, there are approximately thirty different kinds of solid morphs.
What is a leopard gecko morph?
Simply put, a morph is what you get when you mate two leopard geckos, called Leo’s, with unique coloring to make a baby with even more distinctive coloring. This baby is referred to as a morph.
These morphs, or’designer geckos’ are in huge demand as their coloring and patterns are unbelievably attractive. Some leopard morphs can bring as high as a thousand dollars and up. That is enough to make anyone with two Leo’s want to try and make morphs.
To get a good leopard morph, it starts with the male. You need one which has a dominant trait regardless of what female he is being bred to. Having a high female to male ratio, particularly if the females have all different colour, also increases your odds for more variety and more successful predator morphs.
You also need to make sure that the pair that you are breeding has colours that complement each other and have the ability to be bred together. As surprising as it sounds, not all leopard pairings will produce decent gecko morphs.
As an instance, not all albinos create albino offspring. If you mated an albino with a non-albino, the subsequent batch of leopard morphs would not be albinos.
Also, there are lots of types of albinos, like the Tremper Albino, the vegas Albino and the Bell Albino that don’t produce albinos when bred together. Even though they look much alike, their genes are simply too dissimilar to receive a leopard gecko morph.
There are two main forms of leopard geckos. While they are called’breeds’ many of them are actually are morphs. The two types are the so-called natural variety, and the single dominant trait kind.
Despite the fact that they’re called the organic variety, these particular sorts of leopard geckos are merely leopard geckos morphs that have been around so long they’re accepted as breeds.
They include the normal, (leopard geckos morphs with yellow/orange and black leopard coloring) the high yellow, (leopard geckos morphs with the orange bread from them but where the stains remain,) the pastel (where the black spots are actually pale tan) and the jungle (rather than being seen those gecko morphs have stripes like a jungle cat.)
These basic geckos are good places to start your breeding collection.
Some of the more popular leopard gecko morphs would be the only dominant trait kind, these gecko morphs are bred for one special trait. And while they’re still leopard morphs, they are also good foundations for creating your own morphs.
These leopard gecko morphs include some of the most popular species such as Patternless, (a leopard gecko with no spots,) Tangerine, (a leopard with the bright orange color) Eclipse, (a leopard gecko with strong black eyes) Giant, (oversized geckos,) Enigma, (calico colored) Carrot-Tail/head (either a bright orange head or bright orange tail) Baldy, (the Leo with no spots on his head) and many more.
Needless to say, these are a few of the more popular morphs, not including the super popular ones like Mack Snows and many morphs of the albino. These are all great foundations for you to construct your breeding group upon.
Beginning with some of these leopard gecko morphs, including some of the ones not mentioned, will certaintly give you healthy, happy and gorgeous leopard morphs.
Breeding your geckos into morphs is a wonderful enriching experience and a fantastic way to make some extra cash!
Regardless of whether or not you decide to sell them, it is always fun to see that egg hatch and your new beautiful leopard gecko morph emerge as a tribute to your hard work and careful gecko selection.
Chris Newell is a longtime gecko breeder and owner. Chris has developed a website that aids all fellow gecko owners in the right way to implement new and advanced care techniques alongside a FREE e-mail course that discusses all types of leopard gecko care.