The Smallest Pet Geckos

We know we’re guilty of swooning and exclaiming over animals because their tiny-ness somehow seems to make them cuter in our eyes. If you’re anything like us, you’ll want to read on and check out our list of the smallest pet geckos sold at Backwater Reptiles. You won’t regret it!

The Smallest Pet Geckos

Dwarf Yellow Head Gecko (Lygodactylus albogularis)

Like all the geckos on this list, the yellow head dwarf gecko is a species of dwarf gecko. It’s very aptly named as it is known for its brightly-colored yellow head as well as its small stature.

These geckos are from East Africa and are very common in Tanzania. They thrive in man-made environments in captivity, but are commonly found nearly everywhere in their native country – on fence posts, basking on stone walls, in crevices outdoors, and on sign posts.

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Pictured is a mature yellow head dwarf gecko. Even when fully grown, these miniature lizards rarely exceed three inches and can easily fit in the palm of your hand or straddle your finger.

Yellow head geckos rarely exceed three inches in length. They have an expected life span of five to ten years in captivity.

Because they are “bite sized” animals, yellow head geckos are naturally very shy and will therefore require lots of hiding places in their enclosure. They will hide in loose substrate, tunnel-like decor, and the foliage provided for them to climb on.

Williams Blue Cave Gecko (Lygodactylus williamsi)

The most colorful gecko on our list is certainly the Williams blue cave gecko. The males of this dwarf gecko species are a brilliant, bold blue tone with black stripe accents, while the females are a bronze-like green color with fainter dark accent stripes.

female lygodactylus williamsi
This is a female Williams blue cave gecko. Females don’t live up to the “blue” portion of their common moniker since they are actually green in color.

Besides commonly being called the Williams blue cave gecko, this species is also named the electric blue day gecko and the turquoise dwarf gecko. We think all of these names are suitable as they properly describe the attributes that best represent what this species of gecko is known for.

male lygodactylus williamsi
The male Williams blue cave gecko is a true gem and definitely earns itself all its common color-based, descriptive names.

The Williams blue cave gecko is slightly smaller in size than the yellow head dwarf gecko. The blue cave gecko generally stays under or around two and a half inches long when fully grown, with the females being slightly smaller than the males. Captive animals usually have life spans of five to ten years.

Ashy Gecko (Sphaerodactylus elegans)

As hatchlings, ashy geckos look extremely different than their adult counterparts. Babies are horizontally striped and exhibit multiple colors. Once they become adults, their coloration becomes somewhat drab. We’d describe them as salt and pepper toned – they have a mixture of brown, black, and grey speckles all over their bodies.

juvenile ashy gecko
Young ashy geckos are rainbows of color with horizontal stripes or banding. As they mature, they become more drab.

Baby ashy geckos, as well as all the dwarf gecko species on this list, are extremely tiny and can fit through the small holes in screen cages as well as the gaps in screen cages doors. We highly recommend sealing any cage edges or large holes with masking tape or electrical tape until your gecko has grown into its enclosure.

adult ashy gecko
Adult ashy geckos don’t usually surpass three inches in length. They are also peppered with brown, black, and grey spots.

Your pet ashy gecko (and all the other mini geckos on this list) will eat small insects. At Backwater Reptiles, we give ours mainly pinhead crickets and fruit flies.

Conclusion – Smallest pet geckos

The petite geckos described in our list are not very hard to care for. They also don’t require a large enclosure, given the fact that they themselves don’t take up lots of space.

If you can handle the cute punch that these tiny geckos pack, Backwater Reptiles has got you covered! We sell dwarf yellow head geckos, Williams blue cave geckos, and ashy geckos at affordable prices. Just be sure your enclosure is secure as pretty much all these tiny geckos are master escape artists!

Flying Gecko Care Sheet (Ptychozoon kuhli)

The flying gecko, also known as the parachute gecko, is a fascinating lizard with the ability to glide from tree to tree in the wild. But because these geckos are such niche animals with unique behaviors, we recommend reading our Flying gecko care sheet prior to purchasing one.

Think you’ve got the experience but just need some care tips and info on how to care for this quirky gecko? Read on to find out how we care for ours at Backwater Reptiles.

flying gecko care sheet
Flying geckos are very unique animals, but we don’t recommend them for beginners.

Flying Gecko Physical Attributes

Because it needs to be able to glide, the flying gecko has quite a unique physical appearance. The first thing most people notice about this gecko is its flat, almost serrated-looking tail. This tail is actually able to curl up and fold itself in many different directions.

The flying gecko is also rife with webbing – webbed toes, webbed chin, webbed leg membranes, and flaps on its sides. All of these membranes and webs obviously aid the gecko when it is gliding. What great aerodynamic adaptations!

Brown, black, and beige are the main colors of the flying gecko. Generally, these geckos are brown with darker brown or black mottling or speckles. Their underbellies are usually lighter in color and more of a creamy, beige tone.

flying gecko underside
This demonstrates how the underside of the flying gecko is much lighter in color than it’s top side. You can also get a good look at the membranes folded against its body that help it to glide.

Once mature, flying geckos can range in size from four inches all the way up to seven inches long. They are moderately-sized lizards and will live for around five to eight years in captivity.

Flying Gecko Enclosure Requirements

Unless you can provide a very large, natural outdoor enclosure, it’s actually not recommended that you give your flying gecko room to glide. This is because it has been discovered that in captivity, the geckos will injure themselves by hitting the walls of their enclosure when gliding.

The best size enclosure for a single gecko is a fifteen gallon tank. Make sure that the enclosure has more vertical space than it does horizontal space as this gecko is arboreal. We also highly recommend a cage that has at least one or two mesh sides, even if it’s just the front or top of the cage. This helps regulate humidity and ensures the air inside the humid tank doesn’t get stagnant.

Although the flying gecko is most active at night, you should still have a full spectrum UV light set up. A ceramic heat lamp is also recommended to keep temperatures around 72 to 80 degrees during the day time.

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The flying gecko has a very unique tail.

Humidity and moisture are highly important when it comes to keeping your flying gecko healthy. A moderate level of humidity is recommended, which means that you can and should mist the cage on a regular basis. A shallow water dish should also be provided for soaking.

Flying Gecko Feeding

Flying geckos are insectivores. They will do well on a varied diet of crickets, meal worms, wax worms, horn worms, and reptiworms. Some will even accept nightcrawlers.

We recommend feeding your gecko insects that have been gutloaded as these are higher in nutritional value.

Vitamin dusting with a reptile multivitamin is also encouraged on a weekly basis for adults. Calcium dusting on an every other day basis should suffice for growing hatchlings.

Flying Gecko Temperament

You’ll notice right away that the flying gecko is a very “sticky” animal. Although there is not a film or residue that makes its feet feel this way, you will certainly have a tough time getting your flying gecko to let go of your hand or whatever it happens to be perched on. They grab hold and hang on!

Flying geckos are naturally skittish animals and they are very fast. This means that they are not ideal lizards to be handling on a regular basis. Being held stresses them out and they will try very hard to run away from you. We only recommend handling your flying gecko sparingly and make sure that you are not causing the animal undue stress.

handling your flying gecko
Flying geckos are very speedy and flighty, so if you must handle yours, be very careful.

Because they are secretive and timid lizards, don’t be surprised if your flying gecko hisses or snaps at you if you get too close to it. Because these are relatively small lizards, however, if your gecko does attempt to bite you, its teeth are so small that it would be very tough for the gecko to actually injure you.

Conclusion – Flying Gecko Care Sheet

While the flying gecko is certainly a cool lizard to own, because they are not the easiest animal to care for, we recommend that only reptile keepers with plenty of experience with finicky animals own them.

If you are ready to provide the care and attention this tricky gecko requires, Backwater Reptiles has flying geckos for sale.

Best Pet Geckos

Which species make the best pet geckos? We’re glad you asked! Geckos are fantastic pet lizards that come in many shapes and sizes. Some can climb walls, some are colorful, and others are just downright interesting to observe. Either way, we highly recommend a gecko for a pet if you are in the market for a lizard.

List of the Best Pet Geckos

Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius)

Our favorite pet gecko has got to be the leopard gecko. These desert-dwelling lizards are very common in the pet trade – and with good reason. They’re extremely easy to care for, easy to breed, and they even have easy-going temperaments. As you can see, they’re just “easy” lizards all around!

Leopard geckos are great because they can be housed communally within reason. Geckos that are of similar size are generally safe to keep together, although unless you have an enormous cage, we don’t recommend housing two males together as they will almost always fight over territory and/or females.

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Here is a comparison of a hatchling leopard gecko with an adult super giant leopard gecko. What a difference in size! This species makes an excellent pet gecko.

Adult male Leopard geckos will reach a maximum of around ten inches and females will stay slightly smaller. Although, we should mention that there are specific leopard gecko morphs called “super giants” that will actually grow longer than ten inches, even approaching 13 inches and much heavier bodied!

Although they’re fairly small lizards, leopard geckos actually have pretty long life spans. On average, a life span of six to ten years is expected, but if you get a male, don’t be surprised if it lives into its twenties! These are very hardy little lizards.

Temperament-wise, these geckos are almost always very docile and calm. I’ve bred hundreds of them and haven’t been bit once. They’re a hardy reptile that doesn’t require a lot of attention in captivity. Leopard geckos are probably the single easiest pet gecko to keep in the world.

These geckos are easy to feed too, readily accepting mealworms, waxworms, crickets, and roaches.

Leopard geckos are also available in countless morphs, which means you can pretty much find a leopard gecko in any color and with any markings you can imagine.

All of the preceding reasons clearly show why this species takes the top spot on our list of the best pet geckos.

Want to learn more about leopard gecko morphs? Check out the article we wrote about the most popular leopard gecko morphs sold at Backwater Reptiles.

Here’s one of our articles on creating a Leopard gecko habitat, which we highly recommend reading if you’re not experienced with these lizards.

Ready to purchase a leopard gecko of your own? Backwater Reptiles has got you covered, with everything from normal-sized, giants, and even super giants!

Tokay Gecko (Gekko gekko)

Tokays are absolutely gorgeous pale blue geckos with bright red or orange-colored spots. Visually, they are definitely quite stunning which makes them appealing to hobbyists. They even make noise, which is either a unique quirk or an annoying habit, depending on who you ask.

We maintain that if Tokay geckos were rare, they’d be one of the most sought-after species in the world, due to their appearance, size, and spunky personality.

Unfortunately, Tokay geckos tend to have a reputation for being aggressive. While this is not always the case, we’ve found that they can be a bit more prone to hiss or bite at their owner. However, with socialization and positive reinforcement, they can be trained to be docile. It just takes some patience.

When we handle our Tokays, we try to not ever restrain them as this can come off as threatening to the gecko. You should hold it loosely and allow it to sit comfortably in your hand.

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Hatchling Tokay geckos are darker in color than their adult counterparts.

Due to their arboreal nature, Tokays should have lots of things to climb on and hide in placed in their enclosure. And because they are hefty of body, we recommend a fairly large enclosure with both vertical and horizontal space.

A twenty gallon tank with a screen top lid is our go-to for housing a single lizard. The substrate we recommend is damp peat or sphagnum moss. Using a simple setup like this, these geckos thrive in captivity for years.

If you think you want to put forth the effort to train and socialize a Tokay gecko, Backwater Reptiles sells these bold blue geckos. They’re one of the best pet geckos, but for different reasons than the preceding Leopard gecko. Tokays are more of a display animal.

Crested Gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus)

Crested geckos are popular because of their cute “eyelashes” and calm and docile personalities. “Cresties,” as they are affectionately known, can be quite tame as far as lizards go, and most will readily allow being handled by their owner.

Originally from New Caledonia, Cresties used to be quite rare in the pet trade. Now they’re widely available in a variety of morphs, with some of the most popular being reds, fancies, and pinstripes.

Cresties are arboreal geckos with “sticky” toes, so be sure to provide plenty of climbing space. They like temperatures that stay in the range of 78 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and will tolerate night time temperature drops to the low 70s.

Keepers maintain this temperature by using numerous methods (usually ceramic heat bulbs and pads), although we always recommend investing in a good reptile thermometer.

frogbutt rhacodactylus ciliatus
When a crested gecko loses its tail, the tail will not grow back. The gecko then becomes what is known as a “frogbutt” gecko.

You can feed your Crestie live insects such as crickets, mealworms, and roaches, although because they have become such common pets, many stores and breeders now sell pre-prepared crested gecko food. It comes in a powder form and you simply add water. The liquid that results contains everything your Crestie needs to stay healthy, although we do recommend supplementing with living food for the sake of variety.

If you’re interested in breeding Crested geckos, here’s a tip: add plenty of cork bark rounds to their enclosure. This tends to stimulate breeding.

Backwater Reptiles sells healthy crested geckos of various sizes and morphs, so check them out today if this sounds like the species for you.

Conclusion – The Best Pet Geckos

Geckos make amazing and entertaining pet lizards for a litany of reasons. They often have docile personalities, are relatively simple to maintain in captivity, and generally remain a very manageable size.

Leopard geckos and crested geckos are great options for first time gecko owners with little to no experience, whereas the Tokay gecko is a better option for the more experienced reptile enthusiast. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our list of the best pet geckos for captivity!

How Do Geckos Stick to Smooth Surfaces?

If you’re wondering how geckos stick to walls, you’ve come to the right place. Odds are that you’ve seen some species of gecko adhere to the glass of its enclosure, or the wall of a building or house.

In reality, geckos are able to stick to any smooth surface (walls, glass, ceilings, etc.) and even cling on to things upside down without actually being sticky. Read on to find out more about how and why these amazing lizards are able to do this.

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Pictured is the underside of a male Williams Blue Cave gecko. He was photographed while sticking to a piece of glass.

How do geckos stick to walls?

First off, we should state that not all geckos are able to be accomplished acrobats. Some species of geckos are not capable of climbing walls. Examples include: leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius), fat-tailed geckos (Hemitheconyx caudicinctus), and frog eye geckos (Teratoscincus sp.). In general, geckos that stick to surfaces will be arboreal creatures, while the ones that cannot stick to smooth surfaces live terrestrial existences.

What if you’re not sure if the gecko species in question is arboreal or terrestrial? Just take a look at the lizard’s feet and toes. Arboreal geckos that climb a lot and require the skills to stick to precarious surfaces will have large, flat toe pads that resemble suction cups. This is because the more surface area the toes and feet occupy, the more clinging power the lizard can exert. A terrestrial gecko’s feet, on the other hand, will tend to look more like traditional digits.

So now on to the nitty gritty…what actually enables geckos to be sticky?

hatchling super giant leopard gecko
This is a two day-old leopard gecko. This is an example of a gecko species that cannot stick to glass or other flat surfaces. Notice how its toes do not have flat toe pads that look like suction cups.

Just in case you’ve never held a gecko or come into close contact with one, a gecko’s toes are not actually sticky. They don’t exude a slimy or gluey substance that helps them adhere to surfaces. So, if it’s not a substance a gecko makes or excretes that makes the animal sticky, then the stickiness has got to be something special within the animal’s feet.

It turns out that the biological trait of the gecko’s stickiness has been well-studied. Scientists have used what they’ve learned from gecko’s feet to create technologies that humans have used to develop special adhesives, learn to scale walls, and even ways to seal wounds without having to use stitches.

Geckos have hundreds of tiny, microscopic hairs on their toe pads called setae. Each setae is further divided into even smaller hairs or bristles called spatulae. These hairs are so numerous, small, and cover so much surface area that what is called the van der Waals force kicks in.

We won’t go into detail as to what the van der Waals force does because we aren’t physicists or chemists, but just know that the hairs on the gecko’s feet are able to interact on a molecular level with whatever surface the animal is sitting upon to create an electromagnetic attraction.

female williams blue cave gecko
This is a female Williams Blue Cave gecko. She is also able to climb walls.

Geckos are actually able to manipulate and control the setae and spatulae on their toes so well that they can be as sticky or not-sticky as they choose.

Geckos are extremely speedy lizards and it does not matter to them whether they are upside down scurrying along your ceiling or running along a tree trunk. The point is that geckos can control the angle, flexibility, and synergy of their toe hairs in order to be as sticky or un-sticky as they desire.

The only impediment to a gecko’s ability to stick to a surface is moisture. If a surface is too wet, the gecko’s setae will have trouble redirecting themselves and the electromagnetic energy in order to create the van der Waal’s bond. The end result is a gecko that slips and slides rather than sticks to the intended surface.

We now know the how behind a gecko’s ability to be sticky, but we haven’t really touched on the why.

Truthfully, it’s not that complicated. Because they are small, prey animals, geckos have to be able to run away fast when necessary. Being able to go places (i.e. ceilings or incredibly tall trees in the wild) where predators have a tough time reaching them is one way to avoid being eaten.

Conclusion – How geckos stick to smooth surfaces

Ultimately, a gecko’s ability to climb walls and stick to glass is an incredible adaptation. We think it would be quite a cool super power to have. Would you agree?

If you are interested in a wall-climbing gecko friend of your own, Backwater Reptiles sells many species of gecko.

Why Do Geckos Lick Their Eyeballs?

Even if you don’t own a pet gecko, we’re willing to bet that nearly all of you have visited a reptile house at a zoo at some point. By chance, did you happen to see a gecko inside that reptile house that was licking its eyeballs? Ever wonder why some species of gecko lick their eyeballs?

This blog article is dedicated to answering the question of why geckos lick their eyeballs. We’re willing to bet you’ll learn a thing or two!

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This little guy is preparing to lick his eyeballs. He is a crested gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus).

First of all, we should tell you that there are two types of geckos – those with eyelids and those without eyelids. Gecko species with eyelids are all grouped taxonomically into a family called Eublepharidae. This family includes leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius), fat-tailed geckos (Hemitheconyx caudicinctus), and banded geckos (Coleonyx sp.) to name a few.

It’s important to distinguish between species of geckos with eyelids and species without eyelids because species without eyelids are the type of geckos that will lick their eyes. Because they have no way to stop debris from entering their eye or even washing away any detritus that accumulates on their eye, lidless geckos must in fact use their tongues to clean their eyes.

The Eublepharidae family, which we’ve already established does possess eyelids, can and will still lick its eyes, but because geckos in this family have the capability to blink, it’s not as common of a behavior. Most geckos with eyelids will only lick their eyes if they have something irritating on or near it.

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Pictured is a super snow morph Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius). Leopard geckos belong to the family of geckos that possess eyelids and can blink. In fact, if you look closely, you can even see this gecko’s eyelids.

The gecko species that can’t blink have fixed, immovable eyelids. Examples of species of gecko with these types of eyelids are Tokay geckos (Gekko gecko), crested geckos (Rhacodactylus cilliatus), 52 species of day geckos (Phelsuma sp.), and house geckos (Hemidactylus ssp.). These types of geckos have what is called a spectacle, or a clear scale over their eyes instead of an eyelid. It is often said that a gecko’s tongue is like a windshield wiper and the spectacle is like a windshield. We think this is an apt simile and when children ask us why geckos lick their eyes, that’s pretty much our straight-forward, simple answer.

Williams Blue Cave Gecko female
This green beauty is a Williams Blue Cave Gecko (Lygodactylus williamsi). The males of this species are bright blue, while the females are more green in color. Williams Cave Geckos are unable to blink and are therefore geckos that lick their eyes.

Many geckos have very elaborately patterned eyes with vertical slit pupils. The vertical pupils are a way for the gecko to protect itself when basking in the sun. Because geckos can’t wear sunscreen on their eyes (or anywhere else for that matter!) and they can’t close their eyes to squint against the sun even if they wanted to, the vertical slit pupils help keep out damaging sun rays.

If you’ve ever taken the time to look closely at a gecko that can’t close its eyes, you might have noticed that the eyes are very detailed with intricate patterns and often beautiful flecks of metallic. It’s commonly thought that these patterns act as camouflage since these types of gecko’s eyes are forever open.

Besides keeping their eyes clean, geckos also need to keep their eyes moist. Have you ever tried to go without blinking for a period of time? Imagine how you would feel if you physically couldn’t blink. That’s what geckos live with on a daily basis, so licking their eyes also helps to keep their spectacles from drying out and serves the same function as when we humans blink.

ashy gecko
Ashy geckos (Sphaerodactylus elegans) like the one shown, are included in the larger group of geckos that cannot blink.

So take note next time you visit a reptile house in a zoo. Check out the geckos and watch how often they lick their eyes. Hey – wouldn’t that make for a fun children’s science project? Something along the lines of comparing how many times geckos lick their eyeballs per minute to how many times people blink per minute?

If you think you might be interested in a pet gecko of your own, whether it be of the variety that can blink or the type that licks its eyes, Backwater Reptiles has got you covered. We sell many species of gecko and we think all of them make captivating pets.

What To Do If Your Crested Gecko Loses Its Tail

Crested geckos (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) are fun and interesting pet lizards that have gained in popularity within the reptile hobby in the last few years. These cute little geckos are also known as “Eyelash Geckos” due to the miniature spiked hair-like ridges that run from their eyes down to their tails.

They can be a variety of colors ranging from dark brown, orange, red, grey, and beige. They can have no markings at all or have speckles, stripes, or bar patterns adorning their skin.

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This is a frogbutt crested gecko, which means it lost its tail. It has a stump where a tail would normally be.

Crested Gecko tail loss
Did you know that when a crested gecko loses its tail, it then becomes known as a “frogbutt” crested gecko within the reptile world? This is because once the gecko’s tail is gone, the truncated rear end of the lizard sort of resembles a frog’s posterior.

Tail loss among crested geckos is actually not uncommon and will not harm the animal. In fact, in the wild in New Caledonia, most adult crested geckos will actually drop their tails naturally. It’s more common to see wild Cresties without tails than with tails. And other than changing the gecko’s physical appearance, losing a tail does not change the gecko’s lifestyle or impair it in any way.

Will my crested gecko’s tail grow back?

Unlike many other lizards, including the Crested Gecko’s close cousin, the Gargoyle Gecko, a crested gecko’s tail will not grow back once it has been lost. In other words, a Frogbutt Crested Gecko will always be a frogbutt.

The cells surrounding the base of the Crestie’s tail are brittle, which means that when the Crestie is threatened by a predator or stressed, the tail can easily break off. The capillaries and blood vessels in the tail will close almost instantly once the tail has been lost, so there shouldn’t be much blood loss.

It is thought that the energy needed to re-grow the tail is better used by the crested gecko elsewhere. Regenerating a tail is very costly in terms of energy and resources needed, so it is assumed that crested geckos have simply learned to live without their tails.

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Frogbutt crested geckos are only affected cosmetically by the loss of their tail.

What causes a crested gecko to lose its tail?

The reason a crested gecko loses its tail can be complicated or simple.

Sometimes a crested gecko is a bit skittish by nature and can be predisposed to drop its tail due to its high-strung nature. With these types of geckos, a loud noise or sudden movement can be enough of a trigger to cause the gecko to drop its tail.

Cresties with more calm demeanors will usually only drop their tails in captivity if they feel threatened or scared. Because it’s a defense mechanism, try not to make your Crestie feel like you’re a potential predator. Move slowly and within your gecko’s line of vision to try to avoid any surprises.

What to do if your crested gecko drops its tail

First of all, don’t be alarmed if the tail wiggles autonomously. The dropped tail is meant to deter and distract predators, so it is natural for it to continue to move and twitch on its own.

If your gecko’s enclosure has gravel, sand, or other small particulate substrate, we recommend moving your gecko temporarily to a small, clean container with no substrate or paper towels liners. This will help ensure that no loose pieces of substrate accidentally cling to the wound and cause it not to heal or to become infected.

Although you might feel inclined to do so, it’s not necessary to put any kind of salve or ointment on the gecko’s stub. The only time this might become necessary is if you notice the stub looks infected. In that case, it is acceptable to put a little bit of antiseptic such as Neosporin on the wound.

If the stump ever begins to ooze, your gecko needs to see a vet. This is a rare occurrence, but once the tail has gotten that infected, veterinary care will be required for the gecko to survive.

frogbutt eyelash gecko
Crested geckos are also known as Eyelash Geckos due to the ridges of hair-like spikes down their backs and heads.

Conclusion

Frogbutt geckos are not uncommon in the wild or in the reptile hobby world. This “new look” only affects the gecko cosmetically and personally, we think frogbutts are just as cute as Cresties with a full tail.

If you think you’re ready to welcome a Crested Gecko of your own into your home, Backwater Reptiles does have frogbutt crested geckos available as well as crested geckos with intact tails.

Most Popular Leopard Gecko Morphs

Are you overwhelmed by the litany of Leopard gecko morphs available? There are so many Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularis) morphs on the market that it can be hard to know what the names mean if you’re not an expert on the subject. In this article, we will show you photos of our most popular morphs and explain why or how that morph got its name.

Pinstripe Leopard Gecko

Commonly morphs are named after something they resembles in every day life, such as a fruit or a color. This particular morph is named because it causes the gecko’s spots to blend into lines or “pinstripes” on its body. Pretty straight forward.

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Take note of the stripes on this pinstripe leopard gecko’s sides, one of many popular morphs.

Blazing Blizzard Leopard Gecko

The blazing blizzard morph is a variation on the standard blizzard morph. When a gecko is a blizzard, it lacks patterns (stripes, spots, or tail banding) and will range in color from grey to pure white. They also occasionally display yellow highlights.

blazing blizzard leopard gecko
Blazing Blizzard Leopard geckos are sensitive to light, which is why this guy was blinking in the photo.

The “blazing” added onto the blizzard gecko means that the animal is both albino and patternless. The main aesthetic difference between this morph and the standard blizzard is the lack of any grey tints. Both the blizzard and the blazing blizzard can have yellow highlights present.

Leucistic Leopard Gecko

Leucistic Leos are also known as patternless or “Murphy’s Patternless” morphs. This is because when the animal is leucistic, its genetic makeup causes it to lack certain types of pigment.

leucistic leopard gecko
This photo makes it easy to see why the alternate name for this morph is “patternless.”

High Color Leopard Gecko

When referring to morphs and the names of reptiles, “high” indicates a particularly strong expression of a particular genetic trait. So, if a gecko is high color, it means that its colors are particularly vibrant.

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A super high color morph Leopard gecko. Notice how most of its body lacks pigment, except for the tail and top of the head.

This morph is also referred to as hypomelanistic, which means that the gecko displays a greatly reduced amount of color in its body, but some spots may be present on the head and tail.

Snow Leopard Gecko

Also known as “Mack Snow,” this morph means that the gecko’s main body color will be white and any spots or markings will be black. Essentially, the gecko is black and white with little or no yellow or orange tones present.

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This is a mack snow leopard gecko. Notice how there are extremely faint yellow undertones to his skin. This is what makes his morph different than the super snow morph.

Super Snow Leopard Gecko

The super snow or “super mack snow” morph is an exaggeration of the snow morph. The black and white contrast on these geckos is very noticeable and they have solid black eyes.

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This is a super snow leopard gecko. This morph is created by breeding a mack snow to another mack snow.

Albino Leucistic Leopard Gecko

Albinism is the lack of the pigment that causes black tones in skin or scales, so any albino leopard gecko will lack black spots or tones. When the gecko is also leucistic, it lacks any discerning pattern. You could also call this morph “Albino Patternless.”

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Albino leucistic or albino patternless leopard gecko morph.

Interesting side note on albinism in leopard geckos – it’s not necessary for the gecko to have red eyes in order for it to be considered albino.

Enigma Leopard Gecko

When they’re babies, leopard geckos of this morph are splotchy, but as they mature, the splotches become speckles. They also have white tails.

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Notice how this enigma’s tail is nearly completely white.

This is a popular morph for breeders because when crossed with other traits, it tends to amplify the trait.

Super Giant Leopard Gecko

There are two forms of this morph. First, there is the giant leopard gecko, which grows to weight 80 to 110 grams and can display any combination of morphs that express color.

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A male super giant albino leopard gecko with regenerated tail.

Next, there is the super giant, which is what we have pictured as an example. Naturally, the super giant gets larger than the giant.

Tangerine Leopard Gecko

If you haven’t guessed already, the tangerine morph displays a bright orange color that is quite stunning.

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One of our super giant tangerine morph leopard gecko.

Please be aware that there are more morphs out there than the ones we discuss in this blog. These are the most popular and therefore most commonly bred morphs. Morphs can also be combined in specific instances depending on the lineage.

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A collage of the various leopard gecko morphs we’ve discussed today.

Backwater Reptiles currently has quite a selection of these particular leopard gecko morphs for sale.

Do Leopard Geckos Regenerate Their Tails?

If you’re wondering, “Do Leopard geckos regenerate their tails?” then you’ve come to the right place. If you see a leopard gecko in a pet store that is lacking a tail or if you accidentally injure your own leopard gecko to the point of losing its tail, you might be wondering if the gecko’s tail will grow back. It is in fact true that some species of lizards can regenerate their tails and leopard geckos are fortunately one of these species!

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A leopard gecko that is regrowing its tail.

Leopard geckos (and most geckos and other lizards for that matter) will only drop their tails under what they perceive to be extreme duress or a life-threatening situation, whether this be mis-handling or a fight with another gecko.

If your leo’s lost its tail, the first thing you should do is allow it time to calm down and de-stress. If you have a loose substrate, be sure to gently transfer it to a container with a substrate that can’t get into the fresh tail wound and cause further issues. Paper towels are great temporary flooring for situations like this.

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Here’s a close up of a leopard gecko’s tail during the regeneration process.

Your leopard gecko will have lost a substantial amount of fat storage (the tail is where its reserves are kept), so be sure that you are feeding it well to compensate. Wax worms are great fatty invertebrates to give geckos that are in the process of re-growing their tails. Be sure that if you are feeding it crickets that any leftovers are not allowed to remain in the cage after feeding time as they are known for nibbling on wounds.

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Yes, when a leopard gecko loses its tail, its profile becomes somewhat “stubby,” but that doesn’t make them any less cute. 🙂

While leopard geckos are built to lose their tails if need be and the loss is therefore not a traumatic injury, the affected gecko should still be housed separately from other leos. This will mean it won’t have to compete for food or have to deal with potential aggression from other geckos. You can also keep a better eye on how much your gecko is eating.

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Here’s an adult super giant albino leopard gecko with a fully regenerated tail. As you can see, the tail does not look the same as the original tail did. It appears smoother and with less defined “rings” or ridges.

It will take some time for the gecko’s tail to regenerate completely. Keep in mind that the new tail will also never look fully the same as the old tail did.

leopard gecko tail

Your leopard gecko will be fine, and will be able to breed well, so long as you have identified what stressed your gecko to the point of dropping its tail in the first place and removed the cause. We think that leopard geckos who are in the process of regrowing their tails are quite endearing.