Albino Leopard Gecko and What Makes Them Special There has been a tremendous interest in the Albino gecko since the first known hatchling which happen in 1991. Leopard geckos come in many different variations including Lichtenfelder's,(Vietnamese Leopard Gecko), high yellow, the leucistic and the albinos. when referring to albino leopard geckos, there are three unique strains the Tremper, Rainwater (Las Vegas), and Bell. Each of the different strains of albinos are recessive traits. Which simply means that, if you were to breed a Rainwater gecko with a Bell or Tremper albino, they would produce normal looking babies and not necessarily albino babies. Recessive traits are the result of a mutation of certain genes that control a specific part of the development of the creature. These traits are usually observed randomly, so there is nothing that can be done to increase the likelyhood of discovering a new recessive trait. This kind of specific breeding depends a lot on luck. Typically, it is very difficult to tell the differences between the three strains of albino leopard geckos. Sometimes, it is an educated guess as to which strain an adult albino leopard gecko is. The Tremper strain does apprear to be the most common of the three different albino strains. They were the first of the albino strains to be seen. A lot of times these albino geckos are actually brown and marketed as the "Mocha Strain". They can also be bright white or pink in color. Eye color can range from slightly lighter than a "regular" non-albino leopard gecko eye, to bright red. The color of the body as well as the eye color can differ in geckos incubated at different temperatures. Usually, a higher incubation temperature will result in a gecko that is darker in color. Rainwater albinos are the next most common of the three albino strains. It is generally, thought that the rain water strain is pinker then the other strains but that is not always the case. It is the Bell strain of albino leopard geckos that is still relatively rare. Quite often they have a high contrast, wiith "pink" areas that are, most of the time, much darker than the other gecko albino strains. The eye color of the Bell albino leopard geckos is the reddest of the three strains. While the red eye color of young animals often changes as the animal ages to the normal beige color in the other albino strains, the Bell albino eye color has a tendency to stay red or pinkish even in adult animals. All three strains of albino gecko are sensitive to bright lights, and they will close their eyes tightly if they are exposed to it. Plus, many albinos will not feel comfortable eating during the daytime because of their sensitivity to light. It is very possible that many more dominant recessives will evolve in the next few years. The breeding of mutations with other mutations will accelerate the rate of variation making these already unique gecko even more unique.
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