Now acquiring a new habitat in the homes of pet owners, the albino leopard geckos, may just enjoy better living conditions. In natural conditions, it lives in the ground and hunts for food during the night. A desire to breed these lizards grew in 1991. Today there are various breeds with unique skin patterns or markings. The albino leopard gecko is a favorite among gecko owners.
The albino leopard gecko can live up to 20 years, and grows up to nine inches in length. The uniqueness of this gecko is manifested through the presence of eyelids, and the lack of clinging toe pads which allows it to climb vertically. The absence of melanin in its skin also makes it distinct.
An albino leopard gecko enjoys insects and feeds on mealworms, crickets and wax worms. During its early stages, it feeds everyday and upon reaching its adult stage, it reduces its mealtimes to every other day. An albino gecko is naturally gentle and can be handled with ease. However, if mishandled they can become agitated and stressed and begin to hiss.
There are three albino leopard gecko strains as of today. These strains, however, are recessive. Interbreeding them would produce offspring which is normal, but not albino.
The Tremper Strain.
This strain of the albino leopard gecko is the most common of the three strains. This strain may have a brown color and is called the Mocha Strain. The eye color of this gecko may have the color of a regular gecko but there some with bright red eyes. Its eye and skin color depends on the incubation temperature.
The Rainwater Strain.
The rainwater strain is also known as the Las Vegas Albino. This is the second most common strain of the albino leopard gecko. It usually manifests a more pink color that the other strains, but it is not always the case. Since an albino geckos skin color depends on the incubation temperature, it may not be always true that the rainwater strain is pinker than the other strains.
The Bell Strain.
This is the rarest strain of the albino leopard gecko. The difference of this strain can be seen through its eye and skin color. The bell strain has a deeper pink colour, and has the reddest eye color. This strain retains its pink color even as they grow into the adult stage.
The species of leopard gecko is photosensitive. This gecko reacts to light by shutting its eyes firmly. Activity during the day is lessened because of this reason.
The albino leopard gecko, like humans, can suffer Anorexia. This condition is aggravated by stress, unsanitary conditions and diseases such as nutritional diseases. An anorexic gecko has a thin body and tail. It is also weak and sluggish. If left untreated it may cause its death.
Just like any other pet, an albino gecko needs a home where it can enjoy a stress-free and safe environment. The albino leopard gecko is indeed one captivating animal!