Albino FAQ

Question 1 : Why do albinos seem to shy away from light or act like they are blind?

Albinos are sensitive to light and need to be 3-4 months old to get used to light. They are very able to catch crickets in low light conditions and mostly feed in dim light when young. Turn off room lights when feeding.

Question 2 : Why are there different color phases of albinos?

The variation is the same mechanism that you see when you compare a normal wild imported leopard gecko to an orange phase designer gecko. If you take a wild imported leopard gecko and strip away all black pigment then you would have a "normal" wild-type albino. By introducing all my very best designer genes into our albino line each year we have been able to make "designer albinos" improve each season. You can make a more attractive leopard gecko from a wild-type pattern whether is is an amelanistic albino or not.

Question 3 : What is the "Tremper Line" of albinos?

It is my opinion that all the albino genes came from the same wild-imported population in Pakistan in 1996. Since I have had the albino genes the longest of any breeder, I have taken and created my own line of mutations by introducing my designer gene pool into the albino project. Each year my line is being improved through selective breedings. My line of albino genes is the most abundant throughout the herp community. Line breeding or breeding siblings together is not detrimental. My colony of non-albinos has been inbred and line bred for 25 generations with no ill effects.

Question 4 : What will I likely get when I breed these banded albinos together next season?

In carrying this project into it's fourth year, I have also laid down the recessive designer body patterns for "patternless", "jungle" and "striped" phases, in these offspring so that you may get albinos of all known patterns.

Question 5 : What does "het" mean?

It is a slang term for the word heterozygous. A "het" outwardly looks like a normal example of a given species, but genetically carries one or more less dominant (or recessive) traits, such as being albinistic or striped patterned.

  Question 6 :What does "dominant recessive" mean?

This term is applied to a recessive genetic characteristic (like being an albino) that when bred to itself only produces offspring that resemble itself. In this project, when you breed an albino with another albino you will get only albino offspring.

Question 7 : What will the babies look like if I breed an albino with a known het for albinism?

50% of the offspring stand a chance of being albino hets and 50% can be albinos. NO offspring can be produced that don't carry the albino gene.

Question 8 : What does "50% Possible Het" mean?

It means that that particular gecko has a 50% (one in two) chance of actually carrying the gene for albinism. It also means that it has a 50% chance of being a normal leopard gecko, as well.

Question 9 : What happens if a pair of "possible hets" is purchased and both animals are carrying the albino gene when they are bred together next year?

Statistically, out of every four young, you could get one albino, two hets and one normal leopard gecko. Another way of expressing such results is that you stand a 25% chance out of every young hatched of it being an albino.

Question 10 : What happens if a pair of "possible hets" is purchased and only one animal is carrying the albino gene when they are bred together next year and you don't know which gecko may be the het?

Yes. 1999 is my first time to ever offer any of my Tremper albino genes to anyone. Therefore, breeders will have young of their own from early 2000 on.

Question 11 : Have any of your albino or het offspring bred for anyone else?

Yes.

Question 12 : How many albino females can I buy with each male?

At this time, you can buy any amount of albino females you wish.

Question 13 : Do you think the prices in 2003 will hold for a while?

Yes I do, but remember this is a species that can increase its population by a factor of 8-10 every 12 months. Good looking geckos will always be valuable.

Question 14 : What colors can albinos make?

They can make red, orange, yellow, chocolate brown, white, blue, tan - every color except black.

Question 15 : Do all your albinos have eyes with the same amount of red color?

No. Every albino has varying amounts of red eye pigment. Some eyes get more of the fine wavy red lines on the pupil with age and others have a grey tone colored pupil with minute red, orange or pink lines. The eyes not only vary from albino to albino, but for a given albino they vary with age. All albinos are light sensitive and therefore close their eyes in bright light.
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