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.

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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.

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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.

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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.