leopard gecko morph

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funnyfoxes55  asked:

Hi i was wondering if there are any genes on leopard geckos that should not be bred. For example with ball pythons we've got the spider/wobble gene. Anything on leopards?

Unfortunately there are a few leopard gecko morphs that either have issues or potential issues linked with specific morphs. 

Enigma 

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Enigma leopard geckos ALL have some degree of “Enigma Syndrome” which is a neurological disorder similar to the “wobble” in ball pythons. It causes a lot of balance and cognition issues. Enigma is a dominant morph as well, so if you breed an enigma to a normal half of the offspring will have the enigma gene. Most homozygous enigmas die before they hatch. It is very unfortunate, because it’s a cool looking morph, but because it is an autosomal dominant disorder (in other words you can not outcross an enigma enough so that it won’t be linked to the disorder) they should not be bred, again similar to spider ball pythons.

White and Yellow (WY)
WY leopard geckos are somewhat similar in appearance to enigma leopard geckos and some have varying amounts of enigma syndrome (sometimes called WY disorder or WY syndrome). Careful breeding (mostly done by Geckoboa) has proven that the disorder is not linked to the WY gene. It is perfectly possible to have a clean line of WY or to outcross a disordered line of WY to unrelated geckos and “breed out” the disorder. If you are interested in a WY gecko be sure to ask the breeder if their breeding group shows any signs of ES or other neurological symptoms.

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New sunglow bell het radar boy coming from the next Hamm show in March!
He was bred by Melissa Voltz, I’m delighted because my dream bell albino lines were always going to be from DC Geckos & Melissa Voltz, they both have gorgeous colour & reduced speckling. So he’ll be going to our sunfire het radar girl (still unnamed oops) this season :)
The second picture is actually his brother & mum, but it shows how well he should keep his colour with age 🌞