View Full Version : Once you go black, you'll never turn back.

12-04-2005, 06:58 PM

This is my third year working with these "lava" animals. (alright Ari and Sarah, they're not "tanami", so what are these bloody levis?).

They are some of my favorite geckos in the collection. This particular female is about 10 months old, and the result from a lava+lava cross.

Hope you enjoy!

Tom Wood

12-04-2005, 07:34 PM

12-04-2005, 07:40 PM
yet another amazing animal...

quick question, what defines the lava morph? I'm assuming it's a dark, almost black background color with bright yellow bands?

12-04-2005, 08:01 PM
Thanks for the compliments, guys. I adore levis. Besides being my first Nephrurus, they are amazingly variable and have great attitudes.


I purchased my first "lavas" with great anxiety. "Why am I spending so much on DARK levis, when I'm trying to make hypo-reds?" was all I kept thinking after I had committed to them.

Upon feverishly ripping open the shipping box, all fears were gone. I fell in love instantly.

here's the "lava lowdown:

prominent transverse banding
often a prominent vertebral stripe
less broad, longer tail
tail is striped too, sometimes
less robust, more elongated than typical levis, also lighter in weight as adults
neonates are always black with white speckling, and tons of blue over the eyes


Tom Martensson
12-04-2005, 08:13 PM
Hi Tom!
Itīs hard to say that name , because my name is also Tom.
But I love your black levis!
Hope you can breed a whole black levis, with yellow bands.
That could be a nice specimen to look at, and perhaps to buy in a future.
Best Regards

12-04-2005, 08:37 PM
Great breakdown on the Lava morph Tom...thank you !

12-04-2005, 08:49 PM
Thanks Tom (yeah, it is tough to say your own name!),

I'll do my best to deliver. This project is a fun one, and I'll keep you updated on it's progress. The results are quite nice when I've cossed a Lava with a hypo as well.

Thanks to all for looking and responding.


12-04-2005, 09:37 PM
Nice,great colour.

12-04-2005, 10:50 PM
Great Tom!

12-05-2005, 05:22 AM
:shock: Wow, she's nice, Tom.


12-05-2005, 05:25 AM
She's beautiful. I can only hope that in the years to come we have animals just as amazing as the ones you are producing!

Jason Guthrie
12-05-2005, 09:55 AM
Hi Tom,

Well I can't say I was a huge fan of "lavas" at first (seeing mainly baby pictures for the most part) but your quickly changing my mind as that is one stunning animal... I'm for sure going to keep room for "lavas" in my collection as I can only imagine the good things that will come with all the crosses that can be done down the road... :wink:

12-05-2005, 01:45 PM
thanks for the info Tom.

12-05-2005, 03:04 PM
I'm in Love Tom!