Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Sunshine Leopard Gecko

Well I am going to start breeding Leopard Geckos as a hobby. I am starting with a small group that consist of some of my favorite Morps. Geckos I had NO idea that existed until last month.

First let me tell you that I have bred Leopard Geckos before, way back in 1993-1995.
These were the normal Leopard Geckos. No exotics. I think the most exciting Leo was a striped one. I just called it aberrant. I gave my two breeding pairs to a friend who loved & cared for them as I got more & more into photography.

The last I remember on the Leopard Gecko front was Ray from Strictly Reptiles telling me of
baby albinos for sale for $ 1,000.00 plus!! I remember thinking that it must be a one off and I never looked at or saw another Leopard Gecko again until October of 2009 and what I saw made I eyeballs fall out of my head! ORANGE geckos with white tails and black polka dots....... was this real? No way! The name alone.... Super Hypo Tangerine Carrot Tail... are you kidding me!?

Then I saw the prices for some of these alien looking Leos.... 35.00 - 40.00 WHAT!!??
I paid 75+ for normals 15 years ago and now before me were acid looking Leos for half that? I bought a trio on the spot! They were mine! What if this guy had a rare Leo & did not know it?

Well I soon learned via google that the Leopard Gecko world already knew about my "rare" Leo
and that there are so many different Morphs that my head still hurts trying to grasp them all.
It seems that just as I got out of breeding Leos thing really, really, took off! There was some mad, mad, money changing hands & some people made tens of thousands of dollars a year breeding, cross breeding, line breeding these beautiful Leopard Geckos! I missed out.

So now I have some of these new fangled Leopard Geckos and I am going to have some fun.

Here's what I have.
A trio of Tremper Sunglows
A trio of Super Hypo Tangerine Carrot Tails
A trio of Hypo Tangerine Carrot Tails
One Female Albino
One Male High Yellow Normal
One Male Tangerine Enigma

OK.... Let's see what I can do before I confuse myself any further.

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