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Posted by gekkogecko on May 10, 2003 at 13:28:18:
In Reply to: Tremper incubation method: Cheating? posted by ROI3IN on May 10, 2003 at 01:12:04:
:personally, i would not knowingly buy a geckos incubated by this method, to me it doesnt show true heredity. I personally was looking at some tang albinos from A and M but wont be getting any now, not because they dont have nice stuff, but because i want to be assured that what i am getting is an inherited trait so i can breed it into my colony ,getting as good or better results, not just a pretty geckos which colors were tempature induced. i know some breeders are trying for nice high colored albbinos wichout using this technique, is that so hard to do? i mean it may take some time to get what you want but the outcome is better. lighter,brighter geckos that are genetic-robin
Unless you can trace a gecko's genetic roots you may never know the origin from which it's color came from, natural or breeder enhanced. The only true way to know where the color came from is to cross breed two high colored wild caught Leo's and breed back the babies to the father to increase the color. Here's the rub, in nature the highly colored leopard geckos may have come from an unusually warm breeding season that could had increased incubation temperature that may have caused the enhanced color anyway. That being said, the theory of Tremper's method may be a naturally occuring one in nature depending on the warmth of the season during incubation.
Just a guess,