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Posted by The Lizard Lady on May 09, 2003 at 22:01:19:
In Reply to: Tremper incubation method: Cheating? posted by geeboo on May 09, 2003 at 19:16:18:
In my opinion, the vast majority of people buying Leopard Geckos pick them on the basis of how they look and if their price fits into their budget, and are not the least concerned about HOW they got so beautiful, just that they are! How else can we explain why many people would rather go to a pet store or the Animal Shelter and get a nice pet for a low price instead of seeking out a breeder? I honestly can't think on any of the literally hundreds of people who have purchased Leos from me ever asking "what method of incubation did you use" or if I would produce a pedigree. It's all a matter of personal preference, and without the breeders who developed all of the diverse color morphs available on the market we would have very little choice. The exception would be a serious animal keeper or breeder looking to make an investment to add something new to his/her lines, and I would expect to have a more in-depth conversation in regard to the details of their genetics and breeding conditions.
If manipulating incubation temperatures to produce brighter and more colorful Leopard Geckos is "cheating," then so would artificially inseminating your Thoroughbred Mare with the cryogenically frozen sperm of Secretariat or Seattle Slew.