When you first start keeping leopard geckos, the morph of the animal isn’t always at the top of your mind. Yet knowing about leopard gecko morphs can be very important. Not just for any private breeding plans that you might have, but also for the health and longevity of your animal.
This isn’t going to be a list of the top leopard gecko morphs. There are lots of examples of those and these change all the time. However, these are those colourations and changes that you might want to look out for.
The Leopard Gecko Morphs To Avoid
There are some leopard geckos morphs that you shouldn’t buy. There are numerous reasons for this, most notably because they’re associated with health concerns. Here is a quick rundown of them.
The lemon frost appears to be a co-dominate gene (i.e. only requires one copy to be visual) that increases the white base colour of the leopard gecko. This results in a brightening of the colours on the body. The eyes can also be more white and the white colour can spread down the sides of the individual and onto the body.
While this is a visually stunning leopard gecko morph since its first discovery in 2016 there have been cases of tumours in those that have lemon frost. The tumours are linked to iridophore which has not been found in wild type or other morphs with the geckos.
Enigma is one of the most popular leopard gecko morphs. Enigma leopard geckos can be very variable. Babies are consistently hatched out with blotches rather than bands as well as white tails. When they mature, the blotches will look more like speckles. This can make the enigmas very unique and when combined with other leopard gecko morphs, the colours can look amazing.
The problem is that enigmas can suffer from a neurological condition known as Enigma Syndrome. Those that suffer from those are often found to be stargazing (looking to the sky), unresponsive to stimuli and can do death rolls. Sometimes they can be completely uncoordinated in movements and have head tremors.
Through selective breeding, some breeders have claimed to eradicate enigma syndrome. However, this isn’t reliable. Some leopard geckos will never show symptoms, others will develop it at an older age and others will show it from birth. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to stay away from this morph.
Leopard Gecko Morphs That Require Attention
Some leopard gecko morphs that aren’t bad outright, but there might be concerns with them.
White And Yellow
White and yellow is one that I’ve placed in this category because some owners have reported significant problems with white and yellow, while others have no problems at all. This could be partly because the white and yellow problems seem to be associated with certain lineage rather than every one. Through selective breeding, many of the problems have been winkled out. A white and yellow leopard gecko has high white sides, a large white band that is at the nape of the neck, bright white tails and colours that are high contrast. You’ll often find faded and reduced spotting.
White and yellows used to have common problems similar to the enigma morph. Though there were some differences. Mostly they found it harder to walk and would be slower to move. This made hunting harder for them. However, many breeders have found that it might have been another gene that was causing this and this has now been eliminated from the morph.
If you are buying a white and yellow leopard gecko, I would recommend that you buy from a reputable breeder. We can recommend one who works with this gene if you’re looking for one.
Two mack snow leopard geckos will produce a super snow about 25% of the time. This is a white leopard gecko with black spots and black eyes. They’re one of the most beautiful leopard geckos morphs and are a great addition to any collection.
The problem that can be associated with them is their hunting ability. Super snows can sometimes be prone to not catching slow-moving prey items, i.e. mealworms. However, they’re very good at catching other prey like crickets and locust. There is no evidence as to whether this is because of an eyesight problem or something else.
This has caused some owners to complain that super snows are slow to grow. However, this doesn’t need to be the case. We feed our baby super snow leopard gecko crickets, dubias and locust and they grow at the same rate as other baby leopard geckos. In addition, the super snow will eventually accept mealworms with ease.
Therefore, if you’re buying a super snow, I would check the weight of the leopard gecko and with the breeder what they’re feeding the leopard gecko. Also be prepared for a more active staple diet (like crickets, dubias and locusts). If you would like more information on what to feed your leopard gecko, you can check out our feeding guide here.
Leopard Gecko Morphs That Are Great
With the two above categories, I think it is important to note some of the top leopard gecko morphs that are great to keep. Here are a few suggestions.
As a breeder of several morphs of leopard geckos, I can’t help but be a little mesmerised by the wild type of leopard gecko. They’re absolutely beautiful in the way nature intended them to be. And for those that are looking for a great deal, the wild type is the cheapest that you will find.
We have one wild type in our collection and she is one of my favourites. She is friendly, a good eater and very healthy.
The jungle leopard gecko morph is one of the top options for leopard geckos. It is less a morph and more of a trait. A jungle is described as a leopard gecko that doesn’t have bands across them but rather has an irregular pattern across the body and tail.
Jungles are beautiful individuals and we have two of them in our collection. The best part of jungle is that they can randomly appear in babies and when combined with other leopard gecko morphs, like a mack snow, they can look so impressive.
There are three different types of albino leopard geckos and you can tell them apart mostly from the eyes. Albinos are a great addition to any collection because the difference in colour is striking and due to the fact that they’re an old morph, the genetics seem to have been completely sorted so you’ll get strong individuals.
We currently breed two different albino strains (Tremper and Bell). Both are beautiful animals, especially when combined with other morphs like Mack Snow and Eclipse. It is important to note that different strains of albino should never be mixed.
There are lots of great leopard gecko morphs and the ones above aren’t an extensive list. The few above are those that I have a personal feeling about. Others will have different opinions and I welcome those. As always, I encourage you to do your own research about leopard geckos before bringing one into your family.