Why Leopard Geckos?Why leopard geckos? Simply put, the most fascinating, practical reptile pet. The leopard gecko is living art in the year 2020; the most colorful lizard we know, coming in a dazzling array of colors, patterns and sizes. In the space it takes to house a few of most lizard specie, dozens of leopard geckos can coexist peacefully and productively. They tame quickly and can be handled daily, making them a great choice for children`s pets. The leopard gecko is the perfect pet reptile.
We is the manifestation of many years of fascination, intrigue and passion. The magnificent super giant morph of the world`s best pet lizard is my focus, and I promise to only deliver the very best animals on the market. Here you will find giants and super giants of several incredible color morphs, as well as other co-dominant traits such as the enigma and Mack Snow. Check the Availability page often for updates to learn about handling a leopard gecko, as 2011 babies become ready for sale. Thank you for looking
What is a "Giant" leopard gecko?The "Giant" mutation was uncovered by Ron Tremper in 1999, when he observed an unusually large hatchling in his albino project. Two years later, the famous "Moose" was born, reaching a weight of 156 grams at three years old. Some of his offspring have reached the 170 gram mark. Within four years it was determined that this was indeed a genetic, and predictable, trait. Being incomplete dominant, there are two possible Giant forms. The Giant, which is considered heterozygous for the trait, and Super Giant, which is the homozygous, or pure form. A true Super Giant is nearly unmistakable compared to other animals at the same age, especially beyond the first year.
While weights are generally accepted as a barometric indicator of this gene, they are NOT always reliable. The mutation results in increased length, creating an elongated appearance, especially in the torso and head. Tails can also get longer than normal. Normal, non-giant leopard geckos are capable of reaching the magical weights you may see thrown around on the Internet and in books, but clearly they are not the same. Moral of the story, don`t assume your animal is a Giant because of its weight, and at the same time, don`t assume your 80 gram male could not be a Super Giant. Take into consideration the age, length, and above all else, genetic history.
As such, the "Giant" trait can be a bit ambiguous, and confusing. If you`re unsure of the genetics of your animal, the best thing to do is test breed it, just as you would with any recessive trait. The following chart shows the predicted outcomes, simplified out of punnet square form.
- Super Giant X Super Giant = 100% Super Giant
- Super Giant X Giant = 50% Giant, 50% Super Giant
- Super Giant X Non-Giant = 100% Giant
- Giant X Giant = 25% Non-Giant, 50% Giant, 25% Giant
- Giant X Non-Giant = 50% Non-Giant, 50% Giant