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    Been searching morph market for a few days, looking at some of the morphs, and honestly the genetics are a bit confusing. (IMO ball python morphs are soooo much clearer lol).

    But from the pictures, it looks like no matter what a baby looks like - they all eventually loose a fair amount of the body pattern, while some keep pattern on heads/tails...but so many are not just 1 gene - they seem to be multi-combos. For example when I look at "tangerine" the results are things like "electric cross tangerine", "sunburst tangerine", etc. I know 'het' means it carries the gene or may carry the gene but is not visual.

    So my question is, how do you know what an animal will look like if so many of the morphs are mixes with other things. Even among the just normal types there is a ton of variation in color and pattern.

    I like a lot of contrast between the oranger-morphs and the white tails, but also really like things that retain black pattern on the body. It just seems like a surprise as to what they will eventually look like lol. (also the electric morphs are really cool). Any suggestions on morphs that fall in this category?

    Also, it looks like most are between $100 and $250 - is this about what you've seen for common types at shows as well? (the pythons I see on morph market are usually more costly than the same morphs at shows - so I'm just curious)
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    In my opinion, there are 2 confusing things about leopard gecko genetics:
    a. Some of the traits are simple dominant, recessive or co-dominant while others (such as the tangerine) are polygenetic (there may be multiple genes responsible for the trait) which means that the way to get the best result for the trait is to breed geckos that look the way you want them to together.

    b. Lots of breeders have developed their own lines of certain traits and given them names. you can see that with all the tangerine lines. I don't think enough research has been done to know for sure if these are genetically distinct traits, or just the results of a lot of line breeding and different tangerine lines could be bred together to produce nice tangerine results.

    If you factor in the 2 issues described above, the genetics may not be that much more confusing than ball python genetics, about which I know nothing.

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    For ball pythons there are only a few morphs that are line-bred and these are usually not compatible. Axanthic for instance has two major lines and one minor. However I don't believe their morphs are polygenetic - they can visually display multiple genes, but the only way to get say a pastel, it to breed things that are visual pastel or het pastel. I don't breed personally but I've read a ton of breeding and gene posts because it is so interesting.
    But I've also been working with ball pythons for 5 years, so that could also be the reason they seem fairly easy (at least in identification and prediction of breeding outcomes lol)
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