As one of the founding cornerstones of the reptile industry besides corn snakes and ball pythons, the leopard gecko have come a long way since their introduction into the pet trade. It wasn’t too long ago that the average leopard gecko looked like a dark spotted gecko with a light yellow or tan base color. They originate in Pakistan and are accustomed to dry arid conditions and have evolved to carry and reserve body fat in their tails to survive long harsh conditions with very little to no food. Through captive propagation and selective breeding these beautiful animals have developed into bright orange, white and yellow gems that look nothing like the wild type founder stocks.
The Leopard Gecko Back in the Day
I remember the first time that I saw an albino leopard gecko at the National Reptile Breeders Expo in Orlando Florida. This was back in the 90s and to see such a bright yellow and white banded creature was almost unreal. The individual who was responsible for creating this amazing animal had such a lucrative show that he ended up hiring Brinks security to escort him from the show at the days end. I also remember the first year that one of the large gecko breeders decided to change his leopard gecko set up from 6 foot cages containing up to forty females to small breeder tubs containing a 1 male to 4 female ratio. This simple move was so successful that the resulting production put out thousands of baby geckos and almost crashed the entire gecko market.
Leopard Gecko Morphs Today
Today there are many pattern and color morphs and combinations of the Leopard Gecko and people looking to buy leopard geckos are sure to find exactly what they are looking for. These amazing animals are friendly and can live into their late teens in captivity. Housing and breeding leopard geckos is so simple that most owners find themselves in business after producing and holding back a couple of years worth of baby geckos.
We carry a nice variety of baby and young adult leopard geckos and leopard gecko morphs and are always looking to expand our selection. If you have a group of leopard geckos for sale or know someone who does please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us bring more of these amazing pet geckos to our customers.