Updated: Nov 29, 2021
*** note this guide will be updated as time goes on. Last update 11/22/2021***
This post will try and go over the common morphs and traits of Crested Geckos. It is important to have an idea of what kind of geckos you are working with, this could save you a lot of money in the long run!
Lets go over the more well known morphs when it comes to crested geckos : Lilly Whites and Axanthics. These are morphs that can be replicated when bred. Now there is a combination of the two after Kat from Manatee Suncoast Lizards LLC produced the first Lilly White Axanthic in American which were coined " Lucy Grays."
Lilly whites where first produced by Lilly Exotics and is a dominate gene. You can pair any crested gecko to a Lilly White and will be able to produce more Lilly Whites. Because it is a dominate gene, many people produce them and this created different expressions: low, medium, and high. You may want to hold on to a Lilly White since most( not all) do not show the true expressions until much older. How can you tell a crested gecko is a Lilly white? Other then proving it out or having one parent as a Lilly white, most will show cream or white sides with white feet. Some white wall geckos can also have these traits, so another way is to check the belly. It should be white and pale. Another sign may be a line going down the crested geckos tail ( this sometimes looks orangey). I usually use a combination of these to determine if a gecko is a LW and you can still be wrong so use your best judgment. When in doubt, grow it out!
Axanthics are a project that was bought by Brian from Altitude Exotics from a UK hobbyist. It is a recessive gene so it isn't as easily replicated. Currently there are a few lines that have popped up here in America:
Wild thing Exotics
Obscurial Line from Lizard Wizard
(Note that the last three are all located in Florida)
Back in 2020 we did not know if the lines where compatible. We now know that AE x WT and AE x Manatee are compatible. I will update this section later if the others prove out. If you have proven the other lines out please message me!
Here are some common traits in Crested Geckos:
Buck Skin: These look brown or Olive with little to no pattern. People use to consider these really terrible for breeding since they do not carry aesthetically appealing traits, but have become more popular due to many having a sort of "green" tint ( at least in the olive ones). These may appear white fired down.
Bi color: Geckos in one color such as red but the dorsal being darker or lighter then the base.
Patternless: These geckos have no pattern with the base being all the same color. Yellows ( especially bright ones) seem to be hard to find as true patternless. Note that people have different opinions on what this might look like.
Tricolor: Three distinct colors with the colors being equal coverage. This trait can be super controversial, with many people having different opinions on what constitutes a tri color. Can often be confused with extremes.
Flame: A gecko with very little pattern on the body or feet .If the dorsal has a pattern ( such as a "S" shape) and body has very little pattern it may also be considered a flame.
Harlequin: A gecko with a good amount of pattern. Most consider the pattern on the feet to be put into consideration.
Extreme: A gecko with a very high amount of pattern so much so that it may go up into the dorsal or hide the base. A gecko may have so little base left that it looks pattern less but would still be considered an extreme if that base has been covered.
Dalmatian: Any gecko with spots ( black, red, white ( not to be confused with port holes)). Any gecko with even one spot displays the Dal trait. If your gecko has a lot of spotting it may be referred to as a "Super Dal." An Ink spot consists of very large spot(s). Keep in mind that dal spotting usually gets better as the gecko grows ( this depends on the lines) so you may want to hold on to dal kids for awhile.
Halloween: This is a gecko that appears to be very dark brown ( almost appearing black) with orange. I like mine with no white at all, but some may be okay with some white, it varys from person to person.
Tiger/Brindle: These are usually interchangeable but with a tiger there are stripes going down your gecko and brindle having broken striping. These can have a super form, or basically a large amount of striping.
Charcoals: This is a name penned by Altitude Exotics so it is an actual line of extremely dark geckos that look black ( but are not, note that Axanthics are the only true blacks). Some people use this phrase to describe a very dark gecko, not just the line.
Port holes: White spots that may appear on the sides of your geckos. These will not spread.
White spotting: These are white spots on the sides of your gecko that may spread and get bigger as the gecko grows.
White Wall: This is when the sides of your geckos form a sort of wall or cream or white. Most will spread equally on both sides of the gecko.
Quad: This is when the sides of the geckos have horizontal white or cream lines that are equally as long on both sides. You may have a broken quad or lines that are not equal, have breaks in the lines, or do not go horizontally all the way down the sides.
Pinstripes: This has to do with the pins that go down your geckos back. If every single pin is present then it is considered a 100% pinstripe. If it is missing even one pin, then it is not considered 100%. If your gecko has pinning with several gaps between the pinning then it is considered a dash pin.
Once you have an idea of what you are looking at then you will be able to figure out your projects and what you might want to focus on!
I want to note that there are other projects going on that I will list here that I think require their own page and to be honest I don't quite understand the genetics on the lower few.I did link to each project best way I could but its just really exciting how much is going on now with crested geckos!