Archive:  December, 2013

Gecko Keepers: A Peek at 2014

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Gecko Keepers: A Peek at 2014

New Year’s Eve. A time to remember the highs and lows of the previous year and look ahead to the coming season. In the spirit of the day, Gecko Time features 12 gecko keepers reflecting about the 2013 season and giving us a sneak peek at their plans for 2014.

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Three to Get Ready: Viper Geckos

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Three to Get Ready: Viper Geckos

Viper geckos, the tiny natives of Pakistan with the black and white ladder pattern, have become increasingly popular recently. They are relatively easy to keep and, because of their small size, don’t require much space. They were originally in the genus Teratolepis, which was later merged with Hemidactylus

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Enigma Syndrome in Leopard Geckos: An Autosomal Dominant Disorder

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Enigma Syndrome in Leopard Geckos: An Autosomal Dominant Disorder

Usually, we don’t notice a gene until a mutation changes it. This is true for the vestibular system of Leopard Geckos. Around 2006 certain leopard geckos began to display equilibrium deficiencies, often (but not always) associated with the Enigma morph. These disoriented geckos were diagnosed with a disorder dubbed Enigma Syndrome.

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Comments for Wild Type or Designer, and a Final Note

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Comments for Wild Type or Designer, and a Final Note

The Prose and Controversies article last month about breeding wild type vs. “designer” geckos generated just two comments, which are reproduced below. The Prose and Controversies feature was begun nearly a year ago in the hopes that it would generate comment and discussion about husbandry and ethical controversies that are already known to exist in the gecko-keeping world.

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Shannon’s “Not-So-Quickie Interview” With Rebecca From Dragoon Gecko

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Shannon’s “Not-So-Quickie Interview” With Rebecca From Dragoon Gecko

I remembered that I had visited the Dragoon Gecko (DG) web site in 2011. Although it was in German (and my college German isn’t only rusty—it has died along with my Irish whiskey-damaged brain cells), I was fascinated with the scope of the DG projects and the fact that one of the most interesting aspects of their hobby was maintaining older, less commercial lines of Leopard geckos. “What a concept,” I remember remarking to no one in particular.

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