Leopard Gecko Projects
All of our projects are fun, but there is something special about a Halloween Mask (HM). We acquired our first HMs in 2008 and immediately recognized the potential in these geckos. There is nothing quite like seeing one of these geckos in person. They are very impressive.
It is difficult to adequately describe the unique head and body patterns that you find in a Halloween Mask. The head, or mask, has bold random markings while the body has aberrant markings that are often trichromatic—having black and grey and even elements of reddish-brown. As these geckos mature the bolding and patterning intensifies and you get that great erratic Halloween Mask look for which these animals are known.
We are working on bringing the HM trait into several other projects at this time, including the TUG HM cross and the Emerine HM cross. With the TUG HM project we are hoping to create white geckos with that signature HM pattern. Emerines have tangerine and emerald (green) hues. We are looking at getting the bold patternes into these colors as well. These projects are likely to take several years to achieve our vision, but we think it will be a fun ride.
Bolds are another morph that are truly spectacular in person, so we have also taken the boldest gecko we have and crossed it into the HM line. This is the stuff that keeps us wondering what we will see with each new hatchling.
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Tangerines and Sunglows
In our opinion, a tangerine project is a must in leopard gecko breeding. The orange and red tones found in top projects are truly spectacular. Our goal is to produce topnotch super hypo tangerines that rival the best in the industry. With so many great tangerine projects out there, we know this is a lofty goal indeed.
We have been working on our tangerine line for several years and have brought in some of the best tang blood in the industry. We are currently working with the Tangerine Tornado line, as well as Torrid, geckosetc, Pacific and Blood Hypo lines. As we work on this project, we are looking deep reddish hue throughout the head, body, and tail. We are also breeding for geckos that keep their color after they mature. In 2013 our breeders look just as good after 2 seasons as they did when they were young.
Working with tangerines takes time. As tangerines hatch they are vivid black and yellow. These colors are replaced within the first few months as the orange and red hues fill in.
A sunglow is an albino tangerine. Our sunglows are the Tremper albino strain. We are continuously complimented on the quality of sunglows we have produced. These are intense orange!
Patternless and Blizzards
There is something special about a solid white gecko with solid red eyes. A patternless leopard gecko has very little or no pattern on its body. Add some Mack snow into the mix and a little
There are two forms of this gecko that we find very attractive. The
African Fat Tailed Projects
Tangerine and Super Tangerine Amels
African fat tailed geckos = mellow. These guys are so gentle. They are slow and mild and just nice. Like leopard geckos, AFTs are social geckos and seem to prefer the company of other geckos. We have several colonies of fat tails we are working with, including normals, amels (the most common albino strain), white socks (a type of piebald), whiteouts and patternless. Several morphs of AFTs have been introduced in recent years, making these geckos a rising star in the gecko world.
Please check out our care sheet to learn about the proper care of African fat tailed geckos.
Crested Gecko Projects
Pinners, Harrys, and Reds
The crested gecko is a great beginner gecko. They stay at room temp and while they love insects, these geckos also eat crested gecko diet (CGD), which makes care and maintenance are pretty inexpensive. They also happen to look really cool! They have crests that run from their heads all the way down their tails. They have huge amazing eyes and long tongues to clean them. They are also very photogenic!
As pet owners, what we love about cresties is how fun they are to hold. They feel like velvet and their toes are padded, so their feet feel sticky-ish. Cresties jump around like frogs, so if you are a frog person, which we are, these are definately something you want to get into.
We are currently working on several crested gecko projects, including a pin stripe project and a red project. One project we are excited about is our Harry project, which comes from Anthony Caponetto's Harry line-a line that has extra large crests.
Smooths (Levis), Roughs (Amyae), Barking (Milii), and Bandeds (Wheeleri)
We are currently working on several knob-tail gecko projects. We have collected several pairs of smooth and rough knob-tails and have had considerable success breeding these, especially the smooths. The smooth knob-tails are an amazing looking gecko and even our wives think they are "adorable." Rough knob-tails have that tough guy look, so most of our buddies think these are the coolest. Either way, they are both awesome and well worth the investment.
We have added milii, or barking geckos (also called thick-tailed geckos), to our collection. We are looking forward to great success with both these and the wheeleri, or banded gecko, in the coming years.
Other Gecko Projects