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    I have a question that may seem stupid...I am completely useless when it comes to genetics. I got my leopard gecko today, and this is what the breeder told me she was: Het Tremper, Tangerine, Super Hypo, Pos Het Eclipse. I was wondering if someone could explain this a bit better. I have a picture of her if needed, but I was just wondering if someone could help. I mostly want to know what to say when asked what morph she is. I assume I don't tell people that don't care or don't breed leos that she is het tremper, so I just wanted to know if I say super hypo or tangerine or what? Thanks! Also, I am a biology major, so I do want to know more about her other traits just out of my own curiosity.


    Also...I'm not stupid. I do understand what heterozygous means, but I don't know much about the leopard gecko genetics. Any resources are also welcomed!

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    Tremper and Eclipse are recessive traits. The gecko has 1 gene for Tremper and may have a gene for Eclipse. That's because at least 1 of this gecko's parents was het for eclipse and there's no way to know whether or not the gene was passed on.
    Tangerine (orange coloration) and super hypo (no body spots) are called "polygenetic" or "line bred" meaning that there is no single gene that produces this and breeders pair geckos that exhibit the trait the best in the hopes of getting offspring that look even better.
    You can describe your gecko as a super hypo tangerine, often abbreviated SHT
    There are some good sites online to learn about leopard gecko genetics. Here's an article I wrote for Gecko Time that is not meant to be complete, but to give you a taste. Note that the male featured in the article, Eragon, is now 16 years old and also is featured in a Gecko Time article that just got published today:
    Fun with Hets: Leopard Geckos Teach Genetics 101 - Gecko Time - Gecko Time

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