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Black pearl difficult to breed


   07 July 2017   l   Justin Steyn    l   Views: 73   l   17 days ago  

 

Out of many gecko breeds the black pearl is the rarest and most difficult to breed. Photo: GeckoForums.net


All animal enthusiasts treasure their pets immensely, however few are aware that some pets are rare treasures as well.

According to Twanet van der Linde of the Jedtwa Wildlife Centre at Bela-Bela, leopard gecko morphs come in a variety of colours and are very special pets.  

“One of the most fun exotic pets to own, is a leopard gecko. Not only do they grow up to 25 cm in length, but they come in a rainbow variety of colours. The most common morphs are high yellow lavender morphs. These are the common geckos found at pet shops,” she said.

However, according to her no gecko is as rare and desired as the black pearl.

“These geckos have caught many a breeder’s attention and have only been seen a few times in a collection. It is one of the highest priced leopard gecko morph on the market. With a value of up to R25 000 in 2016, the black pearl gecko has made reptile lovers gasp at its perfect black shiny coloration,” she explained.

However, she said that breeding this form of shadowy coloured reptile has proven to be challenging.

“This form of leopard gecko colouration is extremely hard to breed as it is a recessive trait and manipulating its colour genetics has proven to be difficult. Several breeders have been playing around trying to find the most unique colour in the gecko community and breeding genetic colour strains to find out what would give them their own black pearl,” Van der Linde said.

She also noted that given the animal’s high value, breeders are known not to divulge how to successfully breed this gecko type. 

“After years and years of breeding leopard geckos, only a few breeders have successfully bred a perfect black pearl. These breeders have kept their secrets to this trait very quiet and still leave a lot of breeders baffled to what colour combinations to use.” 

She explained that this has not stopped breeders from eventually creating the rather rare gecko breed.

“This is why many reptile enthusiasts have accepted the challenge on becoming the next leopard gecko Picasso,” she said. 

 


 

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