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