Albino Leopard Geckos: Types, Care, Diet And More


Albino Leopard Geckos

Albino Leopard Geckos have unique features and skin coloration which sets them apart from other Leopard Geckos. This coloration is a result of albinism, a recessive trait which affects the production of black pigment or melatonin in the body such as the skin, (hair) and eyes. 

Animals with albinism produce a limited amount of melatonin because of the lack of  tyrosinase, a hormone which is responsible for processing melatonin.  For animals such as the albino Leopard Gecko, albinism is caused by a genetic mutation or intentional breeding to produce the morph.

Generally, albino Leopard Geckos are characterized by their large heads, long and fat tails and silvery eyes. They also have unique colorful markings on their skin and body, ranging in color from pink, brown, lavender or orange.

They reach the size of 7 to 10 inches depending on the gender. Usually, male albino leopard geckos are bigger compared to females. 

History of The Albino Leopard Gecko 

The history of this morph can be traced back to 1966 when the first albino Leopard Gecko hatched. The first was a female albino named Rosie. She hatched among other male common Leopard Gecko offspring.

As an albino, Rosie was smaller and weaker compared to her siblings and unfortunately was a poor feeder, grew weak and eventually died. However, her sibling Bubba who’s carrying the same genetic material survived and remained healthy.

Bubba was later bred with several other kinds of Leopard Gecko morphs to determine whether he carried the same albino gene. After years of careful breeding and genetic planning, the project of producing albino Leopard Geckos became reality and eventually gave rise to different types of albino geckos. 

As a result of the breeding project Bubba was involved in, numerous morphs were fathered by Bubba consisting of the super gigantics, carrot-heads and raptor morphs.

Types of Albino Leopard Geckos

There are a number of different morphs produced by breeding albino leopard geckos.  As a pet owner, it is necessary to learn the difference between each type to fully understand and address the needs of each animal. 

Tremper Albino Leopard Gecko

The Tremper Albino or texas gecko is the first morph to be discovered for its albinism. Having been discovered first, they play a vital role in the discovery of the succeeding morphs.

This morph was bred by Ron Tremper in 1999 after he successfully produced the first Tremper albinos from Bubba.

The Texas gecko is characterized by its yellow, orange or pink skin color and light orange or brown pigmentation. They also have silver eyes and noticeable veins. Since they were the first morph to be discovered, they are readily available and cheaper compared to other types.

Rainwater Albino Leopard Gecko

In 1998, the first Rainwater or Las Vegas albino was bred by Tim Rainwater. This morph is characterized by the light pink coloration on its body. These are also smaller compared to the other types of albino Leopard Gecko. They are lighter in color and have darker eyes.

Although they are lighter in color compared to the other types, they are by far the most colorful. 

Firewater 

The Firewater is produced by crossing the Hot Gecko with Rainwater strain albinos. This morph has distinct features compared to the other types. Some of which are the head patterns and the solid body color ranging from orange and blue-lavender. 

This animal also has bright coloration and light orange stripes on its body.

Bell Albino Leopard Gecko

The Bell albino is the most recent type in the strain of Albino Leopard Geckos. It was named after Mark Bell, the person who discovered this species. 

Most leopard geckos have brown eyes. Bell albinos, on the other hand, are distinguished from the other types because of the unique pink pigmentation in their eyes. Their body is also covered with several brown spots or lavender. 

Diablo Blanco Leopard Gecko

This morph is a  fusion of blizzard traits and raptors which is the combination of  eclipse, tremper and patternless albinos.  Hence, this is produced from four recessive traits. 

Diablo has a white body and red eyes, that’s why it’s frequently mistaken as an albino. In truth, this is not a real albino.

Chocolate Albino Leopard Gecko

Chocolate albinos are regular or common albinos. This morph is produced when the egg is incubated at a lower temperature. This process results in a morph which has lighter coloration. 

Although the Chocolate albino is not naturally occurring, this morph is uniquely beautiful.

How To Take Care of Albino Leopard Geckos

Taking care of this morph requires the same care and attention as other types of Leopard Geckos. They are best kept as pets with minimal handling.. Although they tolerate it, too much handling can cause them to get stressed and potentially drop their tails.

Appropriate Enclosure

An appropriately sized and set up enclosure is necessary for the health and happiness of your Geckos. This will enable them to freely move, hunt and remain happy.

Since Leopard Geckos are small, they do not demand large enclosures. A 10-gallon container  or 36’ x 18’’ x 18’’ vivarium is sufficient to give them enough room to move around and be happy. Of course, if you can go bigger, the geckos would appreciate it 😉 

Substrate

There are a lot of substrates that are good for your geckos home. Some of the most common include specifically produced reptile carpet and basic paper kitchen towel. Both of these options are great as they are very easy to keep clean and contain no small parts that can be ingested.

The reptile carpet is often a preferred choice as it is more attractive than paper towels or newspapers. It all depends on the kind of setup you are looking for.

Diet And Nutrition Requirements

Like normal morphs, Albino Leopard geckos feed on mealworms, crickets and other small insects. 

Baby and juvenile albino Leopard Geckos feed once every day while adults feed every other day.

Supplements such as calcium and vitamins must be given once a week for adults and every day for babies and juveniles to ensure they get enough calcium to maintain a healthy skeleton. 

Light Requirements

Leopard Geckos need a day and night cycle just like any other reptile. Giving them 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness each day is ideal as it will imitate their natural environment and keep them healthy. No artificial or UV lighting is required as they are nocturnal however it may help to imitate the day/night time cycle.

Although they are nocturnal, they are not sensitive to light, however, opting for low wattage lighting as well as including  a hide will help make them feel more comfortable and secure during the day. 

Humidity 

Leopard Geckos do not require high levels of humidity however, you can improve the humidity inside a hide box or cave by filling it with sphagnum moss and misting it once a day. This hide box will predominantly be used when the Gecko sheds its skin or for laying eggs.

Temperature 

Like all reptiles, Leopard Geckos are cold-blooded which means maintaining the correct temperatures are paramount to their health.

As Leopard Geckos are nocturnal, they do not need a basking lamp or hot spot. A simple heat pad can be used to maintain the appropriate temperature.

A gradient of hot and cool should be available to your gecko art all times, allowing them to choose the temperature they need at any given time.

Aim to have the cool end (the end without heating) around 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and at the warm end 84-90 degrees Fahrenheit.

At night the temperature can drop without any problems as this is normal in the wild. A temperature of approximately 62 degrees Fahrenheit is acceptable.

Signs and Symptoms That Your Gecko is Unhealthy 

Loss of Appetite

Loss of appetite can be a sign that your Gecko is unwell. This can be caused by parasites, internal problems, or external issues such as stress. 

Loss of appetite can be observed if you hand-feed your geckos and it refuses to eat. This will eventually cause them to starve and cause other health problems. 

Extreme Weight loss

Geckos normally store fat in their tails. In that sense, they usually source the energy from their tail when there is limited food provided. 

If you observe your gecko’s tail getting thinner, this means that they are not having enough nutrition for their sustenance or they may be suffering from illness, parasites or stressful living conditions. 

Inactivity or Lethargy

Leopard geckos are active animals especially during the night since they are nocturnal. If you observe your geckos slowing down or manifest the symptoms of weakness or sluggishness. You should consider taking them to the vets.

Abnormal Droppings

Normal droppings are usually dark-colored waste accompanied by uric acid and transparent urine. This means that they are healthy and getting the proper nutrition for their body. 

When reddish or pinkish curves are found in the stools, it could be a sign of worms, parasites or a bacterial infection. When the dropping is soft, it can mean weak immunity as well as an improper diet. This could also suggest the presence of pinworms and other parasitic infections. 

Final Thoughts About Albino Leopard Geckos 

Albino Leopard Geckos are a wonderful morph to keep as a pet or breeding project.

When keeping them you should ensure you are well educated on their care and husbandry from housing to heat and food.

Even though Albino Leopard Geckos are not rare, they are beautiful lizards that you can bond with at home..the hard part is choosing which morph to buy first!

 

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