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Posted by WaxWormFan on May 09, 2003 at 16:19:39:
In Reply to: good thoughts, but... posted by The Lizard Lady on May 09, 2003 at 11:57:43:
There are wild hypos and even patternless I believe. Certainly they are rather dull, which is one reason many hypos in captivity are so dull.
:There is a vast difference when considering the natural development of pigmentation in human beings which is believed to have 'evolved' or adapted over hundreds of thousands of years depending on their environment vs. genetically engineered Leopard Geckos color morphs over a period of 10 - 20 years. As far as I know, there are no natural occuring 'albino' Leopard Geckos in the wild (or at least none have ever been seen.) Wild caught Leopard Geckos are all 'normal' phase.. tan, brown, and black with high melanin levels... rather dull in appearance.
:We must keep in mind that it is due to the efforts of breeders that have developed them that we now enjoy all the beautiful color morphs that are available today. Albinos, Tangerines, Hypos, Carrott-tails, etc. are not natural occurances. By whatever means they were developed, be it selective genetics, line breeding, temperature manipulation, or all of these methods, that there are such diverse color phases in Leopard Geckos and many other species of reptiles.