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African Fat-tail Gecko Morph Guide

It is an exciting time to be an African Fat Tail Gecko (AFT) breeder. AFT breedings have been producing new morphs/genetics over the past 5-6 years and the excitement is starting to build. There are many combination morphs that have not been tried and breeders haven’t hit all the visual forms of the combinations they have produced.

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Below is a list of current African Fat Tail gecko morphs and their genetic make up.

  MOPRH GENETIC

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Banded Wild Type

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Stripe Dominant

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Albino/Amel Recessive

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Caramel Albino Recessive

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Patternless Recessive

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Ghost Recessive

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Anery/Oreo Recessive

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Zulu RecessiveThe back pattern looks similir to an arrow.

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Super Stinger Recessive and allelic with Patternless

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Super Zero Recessive and allelic with Patternless

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Stinger The back bands are connected. The bottom band comes to a point which resembles a stinger on an bee or wasp.Not proven: allelic with PatternlessThis is a newer morph and was originally thought to be co-dominant with the super form being a super stinger. Super Stingers/Zeros have since been proven to be recessive. The stinger/zero form has been thought to be a heterozygous marker similar to highly speckled leopard geckos that are het for the simple recessive traits of patternless or blizzard.

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Zero The back bands are connected.Not proven: allelic with PatternlessThis is a newer morph and was originally thought to be co-dominant with the super form being a super stinger. Super Stingers/Zeros have since been proven to be recessive. The stinger/zero form has been thought to be a hetrozygous marker similar to highly speckled leopard geckos that are het for the simple recessive traits of patternless or blizzard.*for a more complete discussion of this morph, follow this link: http://geckoforums.net/forum138/thread91685.html

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White Out Co-Dominant

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Super White Out Co-DominantSo far the super form has been proven to be lethal. All babies that have hatched have died within a couple of hours.

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Aberrant/Jungle Polygenetic/Line Bred

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Starburst Polygenetic/Line BredBlushed head with a tint of orange, blushed bands, orange at the base of the tail and light background coloring.

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Granite Polygenetic/Line Bred
     
  COMBINATION MORPHS  

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Albino/Amel:Fatal with other morph combinations  

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White Out Patternless  

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White Out Ghost  

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White Out Anery/Oreo  

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White Out Caramel  

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White Out Super Stinger  

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White Out Super Zero  
No pics available White Out Stinger  

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White Out Zero  

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White Out Zulu  

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White Out Zulu Caramel  

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White Out Patternless Anery/Oreo  

photo courtesy of Steve Sykes – Geckos Etcc
Caramel Anery/Oreo top: oreo
middle: caramel anery/oreo
bottom: caramel

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Caramel Zulu  

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Ghost Patternless  

What do you think?

Written by Thad Unkefer

Thad Unkefer is the owner of Ohio Gecko,a family business, with his two sons Dylan, age 16, and Derek, age 14. Thad's wife Stephanie and three other children,Hayley 12, Anthony 10 and Addison 4 help out when needed. Ohio Gecko started
in 2006 when Dylan was given a Leopard gecko and then Derek purchased a gecko to breed as an experimental project. Their business has evolved over the years to include many other species including African Fat Tail geckos, Giant Day geckos, Bearded Dragons, Veiled Chameleons, Corn snakes and
Western Hognose Snakes. Thad has also acquired and operates
www.leopardgeckowiki.com and recently www.geckoforums.net.

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  1. My cousin is going to collage, and he has a fat tailed gecko. He knows how many hours I spend researching reptiles and amphibians daily, and decided to let me “babysit” for 4 years. Yep that’s what normal 6th graders my age do in their spare time. Knowing my cousin I know I’ll end up keeping him, but let me get to the point-
    He got this gecko from a pet store, and he dosnt know what morph. I spent a couple hours today looking into it, but I’m left empty handed. Can anyone help me?

  2. We would need a picture to tell for sure, though I suspect that if he got it from a pet store it’s probably a normal. If it has bands of brown and darker brown, it’s a normal and if it has a white stripe from head to tail, it’s a striped normal.

  3. Hi, my friend recently gave me a gecko and isn’t sure if it’s an AFT or a leo, is there any way that i can tell for sure? I’ve been researching for a few weeks but i can’t find anything definitive. Any response would help a lot 🙂

  4. I can’t figure out what morph my gecko is. He is solid yellow-grey. It is an African fat tailed gecko, at least that was what I was told. I adopted him from someone who couldn’t take care of him anymore. If anyone has any ideas that would be great.

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