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Posted by LeosAnonymous on May 09, 2003 at 17:13:02:
In Reply to: Hypomelanistic? posted by Emma on May 09, 2003 at 15:45:55:
You seem to be approaching this as you would with ball pythons...
Hypo in leopard geckos is line bred, in snakes it's a simple recessive. In leopard geckos it is referring to the a lack of melanin in the way of spotting (brown or black), in snakes it refers to having brown coloration instead of black.
Snow in leopard geckos is line bred, in snakes it's a simple recessive/combo of simple recessives.
You really cant approach breeding leopard geckos the same way you would snakes... Snake breeders are always looking for ways to make new morphs by crossing proven morphs, almost no attention is paid to line bred traits.
In leopard geckos we focus heavily on line bred traits and using selective breeding to enhance pre-existing morphs. Only a couple mutations even exist that involve crossing two recessives, patternless albino and blazzing blizzard.
I understand your way of thinking as well... but it really doesn't fit into leopard geckos the way it does with ball pythons or other snakes.
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