June 4. 2010 - BLUE PROJECT REPORT
The breeding efforts for all of 2009 resulted in a few more geckos with colored ventrums but as before the bright colors disappeared by the time geckos reached 5". As adults these "blue" geckos have red eyes and a faint faded look to their colors.
This year we have already hatched more project young and still the same results in color.
At this time I feel that the blue or green coloration is due to metabolic enzymes and not genetics. Although we will continue to breed this bloodline I think there is very little chance for the long sought after blue gecko. But there is always hope.
May 24, 2009 - BLUE PROJECT REPORT
The initial results of this project are worthy of reporting our new color discoveries.........
In March of last year we randomly hatched the first leopard gecko showing blue on the body and one of the few to ever show anyother color except white on the belly. As you can see it is a gorgeous turquoise blue - something that only our imaginations had seen before today. Notice the yellow and green mix above the turquoise. This gecko had two all red eyes and a vivid raptor pattern.
Five weeks later another "blue belly" (#02) emerged having two all red eyes and a banded pattern and some amount of blue on the lower sides and back. In both cases we did not know the parents of these geckos, but we had some clues as to which breeding box(es) they had come from. And so the BLUE PROJECT was born.
By the end of 2008 the two "blue bellies" and 3-4 more young, showing a little of the blue on the belly and sides, were hatched. All of these were saved for the 2009 efforts.
As BLUE #01, a male, reached 5-6" the blue color had totally disappeared and he died of unknown causes at 4 months of age, leaving us with only females to carry on with for 2009.
Even though the blue color was lost with age and a valuable male died, we set out to test if the trait was genetic, and if so, could it be improved via selective breeding to make equally beautiful adults.
We left the breeding stock in place on the entire rack that produced the Blues last year hoping to repeat getting more of the same this year and we were able to pinpoint the likely male that fathered the beauties last year. The result is that we have recently hatched over 10 blue project young that show varying qualities of blue on the belly, sides and some faintly on the back. Having lost the blue male set us back one year, but the project looks very promising.
All leopard geckos undergo a drastic color change during the first months of life and so the movement of the blue pigment cells does not alarm me. This years young are still too small to judge if the blue color does not disappear with age. It will take 1-2 more years to sort out the questions of genetics and lasting color in this project. This project is a good example of what it takes to bring a new mutation into the marketplace.
If things go as planned, the leopard gecko industry will have all patterns and sizes of turquoise, blue and green variations added to the genepool in the near future. Looking at Blue #01, it is not hard to imagine bright turquoise and orange albinos with all red eyes, or ones with all blue tails, or with blue stripes....the possibilities are huge.
(we are not taking a waitlist until more progress is achieved. no pricing at this time.)