Usually I don’t make a Bad Breeder Alert based on the existence of one thread, but this guy just… he doesn’t take the cake. He takes the entire cake, sets fire to the bakery, and blames someone else for it.
First up is the issue of intense inbreeding. Steinert doesn’t buy geckos, except from one source and he’s been doing this for five years. A bit of inbreeding is necessary to maintain morphs, but FIVE SOLID YEARS of only inbreeding leads to extreme defects. lizardbeans Morana is a victim of this. When he received her, Morana already had a stomach infection and has continued to get them repeatedly.
He misrepresents his stock as well. This gecko was supposed to be an emberglowxember cross. Now, an ember is a very specific cross: murphy patternless RAPTOR. An emberglowxember should have produced 100% visual murphy’s patternless, which don’t hatch with bands; they hatch with blotches. He’s avoided the buyer’s complaints until she made this BOI thread, at which point he claimed that his ‘embers’ are based off of tremper albinos instead of murphy’s patternless. They are not embers and neither are his sunglow embers. They are instead trempers who are het for eclipse.
His genetics with his ‘Xtreme Albinos’ are similarly muddied: his site claims, “Note that XTreme Albinos are not true
Tremper Albinos in that they are a combination of Sunglow X Extreme
Emerine. They will not breed in the true sense of a Tremper Albino and
you will get results in your breeding programs inconsistant with your
goal to breed Tremper Albinos. If you want to breed Tremper Albinos with
clean pure genetics please visit either our Albinos or Tangerine Albino
They are not albinos and yet he continues to label them as such.
Some people have had geckos arrive gravid (proof here) while Ember Gecko denies having bred them (proof here). And here is a guaranteed giant or super giant who did not turn out to be a giant (post 43).
Be aware that Steinert also operates Sam’s House of Leopard Geckos (http://samshouseofleopardgeckos.com/).