Gecko Time is pleased to present an interview with Pat Kline of Luxurious Leopards.
Pat has been breeding leopard geckos through his company, Luxurious Leopards, for the past 10 years. More recently, he has expanded into breeding African fat tail geckos and is part of the new wave of breeders who are producing fascinating fat tail morphs.
Thanks for joining Gecko Time for an interview, Pat! Can you give us some background on yourself and Luxurious Leopards?
I started the company 10 years ago, with 7 animals and now have 60-80 breeder females in the projects. Also we have added Fat tails and some aussies to the mix as well.
What fat tail morphs are you working with and how have you noticed the fat tail market differ from the leopard gecko market?
We are currently working with Amels, Stripes, Tangs, Whiteouts, Patternless, and caramel albinos. The fat tail market right now is booming with all the new morphs that are coming out. I expect the market to continue to boom for years to come. Also right now the fat tail morphs are probably one of the best and safest investments a individual can make in the gecko world.
What health differences have you seen in your enigma collection and what is your opinion on the current discussion about enigma health?
I have been working with enigmas since they first came out, and to be honest I have not noted that many individuals with issues. Out of many enigmas hatched I have had to put one down due to neurologic issues. I believe the issues will never be totally taken care of, but I do see light at the end of the tunnel. The enigma can best be compared to the spider ball python morph, beautiful morphs which will always have minor issues.
What does a daily routine include at Luxurious Leopards?
We feed our leos and fatties daily here, but in smaller quantities. Cleaning takes place every day, one or two rack a day, so the load is not all at once. Once every 2-3 weeks every cage gets disinfected, not just spot cleaned. Using this method allows me to enjoy what I do with the geckos, and still have a life…lol
What are some of the products you could not live without while keeping reptiles?
I could not live without my rep-cal calcium supplements. In my opinion they are the best calcium supplement out there! Also no good gecko room is without a proper disinfectant, and I love Chlorahexidine (Nolvasan).
Who is your biggest inspiration in the reptile world and why?
I do not have just one person that inspired me, but rather the community as a whole. Whether the community has given me praise or bashed me for something, it has formed me to where I am today. And for that I thank everyone in this great hobby.
What projects are you most excited about in the coming seasons?
I’m very excited about our inferno project (not released yet), and of course all of the new fat tail morphs we will be hatching in the months to come. I am particularly excited about our caramel albino fat tail project