Very Cool Geckos

We hatch many hundreds of geckos each year, and out of that number of babies we always get some really interesting and unique geckos. This page will be our page to show those geckos off. Some of the geckos posted here are our offspring, but we will also post pictures of geckos we purchased, as long as they fall into the category of VERY COOL!

R.A.P.T.O.R and A.P.T.O.R
These are two new morphs released in late 2004 by Ron Tremper. The name A.P.T.O.R. is an acronym that stands for Albino, Patternless, Tremper, ORange. RAPTORs look a lot like APTORs with one key difference. The "R" in RAPTOR stands for "Ruby-eye", where geckos can have a totally solid red eye, or have patches of normal eye color. These geckos with portions of normal and red eye coloration are called "snake-eyes". The non-albino form of ruby-eye is called the "Eclipse".

Ron Tremper says the patternless gene used in these morph is a new recessive gene, not related to the other (older) patternless gene. Most APTORs and RAPTORs have carrot heads and carrot tails, and are just all around awesome looking geckos. Many of the APTOR and RAPTOR hets have reverse stripes or really cool jungle patterning. We will have RAPTORs, RAPTOR hets, APTORs, and APTOR hets available in 2006. Here are some of our breeder RAPTORs, APTORs, and hets.

Hatched in 2005 - Some of our 2006 Breeders

Female RAPTOR
Female RAPTOR

Male RAPTOR











2005 Breeders - Still breeding in 2006

APTOR

APTOR Het



APTOR




APTOR Het

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Here are some of our hatchlings:

RAPTOR and het

RAPTOR and het
Hatchling RAPTOR
Reverse Striped APTOR Het

3 Hatchling RAPTORs
3 Hatchling RAPTORs and reverse striped RAPTOR het



Hatchling RAPTOR Het - Check out that color!
Hatchling RAPTOR screaming - He's doing his best Red-tailed Hawk impression (another Raptor). If you look really close you can see the teeth on his upper jaw.
Hatchling RAPTOR

BELL HYBINOS
We purchased some awesome Bell Hybinos (also known as Bell Sunglows) in 2005 and should have a good number of offspring available in 2006. Our male is just unbelievable, with an awesome carrottail. We will be breeding him to some Bell Hybino females, super hypo tangerines het for Bell albino, and some of our best super hypo tangerines (to create some amazing hets).

Here is our male:

 

MACK CO-DOMINANT SNOW - THE REAL (GENETIC) DEAL!
For years I haven't had much to say about snows. I always thought exceptional snows were very pretty, but all of the snows out there were line-bred low color geckos. These were created in the same manner hypo tangerines were created. Two low-color geckos were bred together, the best low-colored babies were selected for the next generation of breeders, and so on. There was even some talk that the snows may have been hybrids with another species of leopard gecko. Some breeders sold their snows in varying grades, with low grade snows looking like high yellow/pastels that I was selling!

Well, in 2004 I finally got what I was looking for, a genetic snow! This morph is a co-dominant trait, first bred by John Mack. If you breed a (one-copy) snow to a non-snow gecko, half the babies will be snow, and half will be normal (non-snow). The offspring from this breeding will be carrying one copy of the snow gene. One-copy snows are faded considerably from their normal condition, but they have a bit of yellow frosting. The male pictured is my first Mack snow, and is a one-copy snow. If you breed two snows together 1 of 4 babies will be a "super snow". Super snows are totally white and black (no yellow frosting), and their eyes are jet black! Very cool indeed!

 

Here are pictures of some of the snows we hatched in 2005, and are using as breeders in 2006.

MACK SNOW COMBINATION MORPHS

RAINWATER MACK SNOW

Hatchling Rainwater Albino Mack Snow and Patternless Albino sibling

MACK SNOW GHOST - AKA HYPO MACK SNOW

RED STRIPES

SUPER HYPO TANGERINES
We are always working on upgrading our hypo tangerine projects to produce better and better geckos each year. We purchased this amazing male in 2004, and he was our main super hypo tangerine breeder in 2005.

The male above fathered some great offspring, and some of the ones we kept and are using for breeders in 2006 are pictured below:

TREMPER GIANTS
What's better than a leopard gecko? A bigger leopard gecko! When you have a big giant male sitting in your hand, you can't help but appreciate the giants. We have put together some awesome giant breeder groups. In 2003 we purchased 1.2 of Moose's (the largest Tremper giant at 156 grams) super giant offspring, and that male was our main giant stud for the last couple years. Here he is:

We added another male super giant to our giant breeder groups in 2006. He is also the son of Moose and will bring some really nice color to our giant line.

These two males are the fathers of all the giants listed as "Moose Grandchildren" on our Available Tremper Giant page. Both males weighs 125-130 grams.

We are always working on upgrading our giant breeding groups, and selecting for larger and larger geckos. Our female giant breeders range from 75-95 grams.

BLAZING BLIZZARDS - TREMPER ALBINO
This morph is a combination of two recessive genes, blizzard and Tremper albino. Blazing Blizzards, like blizzards, have a range of yellow coloration, from very white to really yellow. Personally I prefer the white ones, so most of our breeders are on the very white end of the spectrum.

Blizzards sometimes show eye characteristics that resemble "snake eyes" present in RAPTORs and Eclipses; however, they do not carry the same ruby-eye gene found in RAPTORs. Some may be split-eyed, with normal eye pigment on one side and solid color on the other side. I have also seen a couple blizzards that have totally solid black eyes. It is not completely understood how these eye genes work with blizzards. Since these eye anomalies are from the blizzard gene, they are also present in some blazing blizzards. Here is a picture of one of our blazing blizzards that has a split eye, similar to the "snake eye" of RAPTORs.

BELL ALBINOS
This gorgeous male hatched out of one of our Bell albino groups. He will be one of our breeders in 2005. Be sure to click on the close up of his head, you can really see the scalation.


RAINWATER PATTERNLESS ALBINOS
I really like carrot-tailed patternless albinos. This awesome carrot-tailed patternless albino was one of the first three patternless albinos I hatched in my first year producing Rainwater albinos (a very nice surprise to find out some of our Rainwater hets were also het for patternless). She has been one of our patternless albino breeders since 2003, and we continue to see really nice carrot tails on many of our patternless albino offspring. She was the 3rd place winner in the gecko category at the 2002 IRBA Cutting Edge Reptile Show and Awards held in San Diego in October 2002.

Here are a couple more we hatched in 2003. They are now among our breeders. Many of our patternless albinos, Rainwater albinos het for patternless, and patternless het for Rainwater show varying degrees of carrot tail.

PATTERNLESS
This is our original male patternless that we purchased from Golden Gecko years ago. Even though patternless are relatively common these days, he is an exceptional example of this morph, and certainly qualifies as a very cool gecko! Compare him to the first patternless albino photo above to see the differences in eye color between a patternless albino and a straight patternless.

 

 
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