Since 1991 when the first designer leopard geckos hatched, there has been a huge interest to breed these lizards, such as the albino leopard geckos, with new and exciting color and pattern mutations. Leopard gecko variations include several subspecies such as carrot tail leopard gecko, giant, stripes, the leucistic, high yellow, and albinos. This article will discuss albino leopard geckos and their varieties.
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When referring to albino leopard gecko, there are three different strains the Tremper, Rainwater (Las Vegas), and Bell. All three strains of albinos are recessive traits. Meaning, if you were to breed a Tremper albino with a Rainwater or Bell albino, all of the babies would be normal looking but not albino. Recessive traits are the result of a mutation of certain genes that control a specific part of the development of the animal. These traits are usually discovered randomly, so there is nothing that can be done to increase the probability of discovering a new recessive trait. This kind of specific breeding depends a lot on luck.
Types of Albino Leopard Geckos
Typically, it is very difficult to tell the differences between the three strains of albino leopard geckos. Sometimes, it is an educated guess as to which strain an adult albino leopard gecko is. The most common of the three albino strains in leopard geckos is the Tremper strain. They were the first of the albino strains to be seen. A lot of times these albino geckos are actually brown and marketed as the “Mocha Strain”. They can also be bright white or pink in color. Eye color can range from slightly lighter than a “normal” non-albino leopard gecko eye, to bright red. The color of the body as well as the eye color can differ in geckos incubated at different temperatures. Typically, a higher incubation temperature leads to a leopard gecko that is darker in color.
Rainwater Albinos & Bell Albino Leopard Geckos
Rainwater albinos are the next most common of the three albino strains. It is thought that they are pinker then the other strains but that is not always true. It is the Bell strain of albino leopard geckos that is still relatively rare. They often have a high contrast, with “pink” areas that are most of the time much darker than other albino strains. The eye color of the Bell albino leopard geckos is the reddest of the three strains. While the red eye color of young animals often changes as the animal ages to the normal beige color in the other albino strains, the Bell albino eye color has a tendency to stay red or pinkish even in adult animals. All three strains of albino are sensitive to bright lights, and will close their eyes tightly if exposed to them. Plus, many albinos will not feel comfortable eating during the daytime because of their sensitivity to light.
As leopard geckos continue to gain in popularity due to their easy to care for nature, the possibility of different color variations will grow. It is possible that many more dominant recessives will be realized in the next few years. The offspring from mutations of breeding leopard geckos being bred with another generations produced from mutations will accelerate the rate of variation making these already unique animals even more unique.
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Leopard Gecko FAQQuestion: My question has to do with the "calcium" issue. This calcium carbonate substrate sand. Is that any good? If I use that, do I still need calcium dusted crickets?
Answer: This is a common misconception. The calci-sand or similar substrate is not a substitute for calcium supplementation. For one, it is NOT digestible like the manufacturer would have you believe. And if you do not supplement with calcium dusted crickets, the gecko WILL eat the sand and could become impacted. For another thing calcium sand is extremely expensive and not worth the money in my opinion. If you want to use sand I recommend the tan colored play sand from the Depot type of stores. Generally it is about $3 for 50 pounds and does the job just as well. In addition, the colored calcium sand can turn your geckos funny colors.
Albino Leopard Geckos are unique among the class of leopard geckos.