Leopard geckos are by far the best-selling lizards in recent years. They dominate the reptile trade thanks to their resilience, easygoing attitude, and morph variety.
Today, we will discuss 20 of the rarest and most popular leopard gecko morphs to give you an idea of the available pool.
Common Leopard Gecko Morphs
The following morphs are fairly common and cheap. You can acquire a standard gecko morph for about $25, but the price may vary depending on the lizard’s characteristics.
Here are 10 of the standard leopard gecko morphs available today:
- Normal morph – This is the typical leopard gecko that is widespread in the wild. The lizard comes with a yellow-pinkish background color and leopard spots covering the entire body. This is a cheap morph and one of the easiest to acquire.
- High yellow – The high yellow morph ranks among the first morphs to be created. They look exactly like you expect them to, with a yellow background and the trademark black spots all over the body. Slight variations exist between different specimens, but they all retain the same fundamental characteristics.
- Patternless – As the name suggests, these leopard geckos lack the trademark spots. These are usually light yellow or pink with a cleaner look, stripped off any type of color pattern. They make for a great pet for those who aren’t fond of the spotted pattern.
- Hypo melanistic – This morph is meant to be devoid of melanin, which means it lacks the standard spots. Not completely, though. To qualify as a hypo melanistic morph, leopard geckos should have fewer than 10 spots across the entire body. Most of the spots are visible on the tail, while the rest of the body is usually bright yellow.
- Super hypo – This is the upgrade of the hypo melanistic. Super hypo geckos have no body spots and come with a clean-yellow body and white underbellies.
- Tangerine – Tangerine leopard geckos aren’t that cheap, but they aren’t extremely rare, either. The typical tangerine gecko is completely orange or bright yellow, although there is some variation among different specimens. Some tangerine geckos present patches of darker colors at times. The cleaner the lizard is and the fewer the patches, the more expensive that specific specimen is.
- Baldy – The Baldy morph is a variation of the super hypo. The lizard comes with a clear head and a spotted body and tail, although the number of spots and their placement varies drastically between specimens. Some lizards have clear heads and bodies and only showcase spots on their tails.
- Carrot tail – There are actually 2 morphs that fit this category: carrot tails and carrot heads. The reptile looks pretty much like you imagine it. Carrot tails are typically yellow with a bright-orange tail, while carrot heads have a bright-orange head. Slight variations exist among different specimens, as is natural.
- Banana blizzard – This fancy morph describes a mix between a Blizzard gecko (an albino variation) and the patternless morph. The typical banana blizzard is pink-white with black eyes, making for a gorgeous visual contrast. Despite their unique looks, banana blizzards aren’t as expensive as they might seem. You can get a solid specimen for a price range of $75-$250.
- Blazing blizzard – This one is very close to the banana blizzard, with the exception that the coloring is clearer this time around. Instead of the pink-white hue, the blazing blizzard morph produces either white or clean pink specimens. Don’t mistake white blazing blizzards with albino leopard geckos because they’re not the same. Albinos have red eyes, while this morph comes with black eyes.
These are some of the most popular morphs that pretty much everybody can afford. They don’t have standard prices, so expect to find them within a certain price range.
As a general idea, common leopard gecko morphs vary in price between $25 and $400, depending on how you define common. Some may be slightly pricier, depending on the morph variation and uniqueness.
Rare Leopard Gecko Morphs
Now we’re getting into the “I’m ready to spend more for a unique gecko” category.
Here are 10 of the best representatives:
- Blood gecko – We begin our list with a moderately-priced gecko morph. For a price between $200 and $400, you can get a blood gecko with a bright red or orange body and a varying pattern. Some specimens have banded patterns, while others are spotted with very bright coloring.
- Emerine – Emerine geckos sit between $400 and $650, and the main reason for that is the unusual color display. You don’t often see a green and orange gecko with an orange dorsal stripe running across the body. There’s no denying that Emerine geckos are flashy and visually striking.
- Marble eye – This morph takes us into the big boys’ category. Marble eye geckos are either blue or purple, which is an exquisite characteristic on its own. Then you have the broken glass-like eyes that look as if they were sculpted in marble. This alone is enough to justify the $300-1,000 price tag.
- Lemon frost – Lemon frost geckos showcase a color variety between yellow and lavender with a varying pattern consisting of bands or spots. Expect to pay up to $2,000 for one specimen and stay in line to get one in the first place. These morphs are very rare and appreciated in the gecko trade.
- Black night – If you’re feeling wild, you can always opt for a black night leopard gecko to impress everyone. Including yourself. These lizards are usually completely dark with light-grey underbellies. The price tag matches the lizard’s exquisite look, jumping up to $3,000 per piece. You can get a specimen for as low as $500 if you’re lucky, but don’t expect the same morph quality and cleanliness as that of more expensive specimens.
- Bell albino – The bell albino morph is your best chance of getting a rare morph without going bankrupt in the process. These lizards typically stay between $75 and $200, but that doesn’t mean that they’re easy to come by. Bell albino geckos showcase an amazing pattern variety, from pure white to shades of pink, yellow, and orange. They are sometimes clean, while other times display light spots and bands, depending on the specimen.
- Dreamsicle – White or yellow with brown spots and bright red eyes. Dreamsicle geckos aren’t too expensive, as they sit between $100 and $200, but they’re fairly rare and difficult to come by.
- Super snow patternless gecko – This is one of my favorites, and it only takes a swift glance to understand why. Super snow geckos are typically patternless with white, grey, or pinkish bodies and black eyes. Variations exist within the same morph, but prices go up the cleaner the reptile is.
- Halloween mask – This is most likely an unexpected one for most gecko lovers due to its unusual name and appearance. This morph comes with a standard background color, usually white or yellow, and a black pattern spread across the body. The pattern varies between curled black bands and spots, including over the face and head.
- Lavender – Lavender geckos are also spotted with a pinkish background color. The morph showcases a variety of spotted patterns, so there isn’t a pure-bred lavender morph to discuss here. That being said, some lavender geckos are pricier than others based on the popularity of specific pattern variations.
Fortunately, leopard geckos have been subjected to intensive selective breeding over the years, thanks to their readiness to breed in captivity. So, you have plenty of available morphs spread across a vast price range.
There’s something for everyone, and it’s important to note that all morphs have their unique appeal, depending on your preferences.
No matter the type of morph you’re getting, it’s important to remember that morphs are merely visual differences.
You should prioritize your gecko’s health and quality of care, as this is what will keep your pet friend healthy, happy, and comfy in its new home.