Understanding the Tangerine Leopard Gecko Morph: A Closer Look
Leopard geckos, scientifically known as Eublepharis macularius, come in a myriad of fascinating colors and patterns. Among them, the Tangerine morph stands out due to its distinctive, vivid coloration. Today, let's explore the history and defining characteristics of the Tangerine Leopard Gecko morph.
The History of the Tangerine Leopard Gecko Morph
The Tangerine morph is a testament to the power of selective breeding in leopard geckos. It is not a naturally occurring morph in the wild, but rather a product of dedicated breeders who sought to amplify the orange pigmentation seen in some geckos. The name 'Tangerine' is derived from the rich, orange hue reminiscent of tangerine fruits. Over several generations, breeders have managed to create specimens with increasingly vivid orange coloration, leading to the Tangerine morphs we see today.
What Does a Tangerine Leopard Gecko Look Like?
Tangerine leopard geckos are primarily characterized by their intense orange coloration. The vibrancy can vary between individuals, ranging from a soft, pastel-like orange to a deep, bright, almost fiery orange. Some Tangerine geckos even display shades of red. Their bodies may be adorned with varying patterns, and the intensity of the orange color can vary throughout their bodies. Their eyes typically retain the same characteristics as other leopard geckos, with a golden iris and a vertically slit pupil.
It's worth noting that the term 'Tangerine' is a broad descriptor and is often combined with other morph names to indicate a specific combination of traits. For instance, a 'Tangerine Tremper Albino' would be a Tremper Albino leopard gecko that also exhibits the bright orange coloration characteristic of Tangerine morphs.
The Tangerine Leopard Gecko is a perfect example of how breeders can create stunning varieties through selective breeding. Their captivating color makes them a popular choice among leopard gecko enthusiasts. However, when considering any morph, it's important to ensure that the gecko is healthy and has been bred responsibly. As always, prioritize the well-being of the animal over its aesthetic traits.