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54 Popular Leopard Gecko Morphs: Color List & Pictures
Cute and easy to care for, Leopard Geckos are some of the most popular reptiles to keep as pets. They’re not aggressive and they come in a wide range of colors that make them seem almost like a living art installation.
Originally, there was only one type of Leopard Gecko coloration; wild. But today, there are over 100 different variations and morphs of Leopard Geckos. No matter what your preferences and personality, you can certainly find a Leopard Gecko in a style that fits you perfectly. We’ve gathered 54 of the most popular morphs and variations in this list so you can browse them all and see which ones attract you most.
The 6 Types of Gecko Morphs
You’ll notice that the Leopard Geckos we cover on this list differ in more than just coloration. They definitely do sport different colors, but you’ll find that they also have variations in pattern, eye color, size, and pigment. In total, there are six different ways that Leopard Geckos can “morph.”
As you might expect, giant Leopard Geckos are bred to be much larger than a standard Leopard Gecko. They can also have different colors and patterns.
These geckos have no patterns at all, instead, displaying solid colors.
Albino geckos appear much lighter in color than other geckos and lack the enzyme tyrosinase.
These geckos are referred to as either hypo or hyper. Hypo means that they have less melanin and hypo means they have more.
5. Eye Morphs
These are Leopard Geckos with variations in the shape and color of their eyes.
Striped gecko morphs will have different types of stripes along their backs.
The 54 Leopard Gecko Morphs and Variations
This type of morph has a pattern, but the pattern is broken at some point and is often offset with bands of another color. The pattern can be broken on the body or the tail, but not both. There are other morph species that feature aberrant patterns, including the popular jungle Leopard Gecko. This morph sells for $50-$200.
APTOR is an acronym, and it stands for Albino Patternless Tremper Orange. They’re bred from the same combination of morphs as a RAPTOR and are quite similar in appearance. They have plain orange bodies, but unlike a RAPTOR morph, APTORs don’t have red eyes. However, APTORs are actually the more costly lizard, demanding $125-$225.
Baldy geckos are orange or yellow in color with darker shades commanding higher prices. They’re super hypo melanistic geckos with no spots on their heads. They cost just $50-$100 on average, though darker shades can go for more.
4. Banana Blizzard
Banana blizzards are essentially patternless morphs, though they have a yellow base color while a true patternless is generally lavender, gray, or white. A banana blizzard will be solid yellow all over with no patterns or spots and they generally cost $75-$150.
Several different morphs are also bandit morphs. A bandit is any gecko with a solid black band across its nose. Instead of spots on their head, bandits will have dark markings that can take a variety of shapes. Tangerine, bold stripe, and Halloween mask variations are all bandit morphs. They’re pretty pricey, ranging from $200-$350.
6. Bell Albino
These geckos feature brown spots over a base color of either yellow or lavender. These colors will alternate in bands and complement the eyes, which are usually pink. There may also be blue on the eyelids. This is a pretty pricey variation with specimens selling for $300-$700.
7. Black Night
One of the rarest Leopard Gecko morphs of all, a black night gecko is black except for a white belly. Sometimes they’re spotted, though they’re often just solid black. These lizards are melanistic and some of the most expensive Leopard Geckos due to their rarity. You can expect to spend $1,000 minimum for a black night Leopard Gecko, up to about $3,500 at the high end of the spectrum.
8. Black Pearl
The black pearl morph required years of selective breeding to create. They’re a highly melanistic morph that makes them black on the entire top of their body, including their head, body, and tail. The underside is a bright white color, in complete contrast to the black coloration on top. These are especially rare and expensive. They’re also one of the newest morphs, so there aren’t many specimens. Currently, only females are being sold, and they’re going for $3,000 or more.
9. Blazing Blizzard
Blazing blizzard geckos have both albino and blizzard phenotypes and are created by crossing a blizzard and an albino gecko. They appear pink on their whole bodies and lack any type of patterning, though they often have blue over the eyelids. This morph can be as cheap as $50 or as much as $150.
10. Blazing Banana Blizzard
As you can tell from the name, the blazing banana blizzard morph is a mix of a blazing blizzard and a banana blizzard gecko. They have a mix of blizzard and albino traits and are still under development.
At $200-$400 per lizard, blood Leopard Geckos certainly aren’t cheap, with brighter specimens costing more. They’re pretty similar to tangerine geckos, though they feature a bright red coloration rather than the orange color of a tangerine morph. They also maintain this bright color into adulthood.
12. Blue Amber Eye
This is an eye morph that causes eyes of a blue or gray coloration. It’s caused by a recessive gene, making it much harder to breed for. Moreover, this morph is a recent development and they’re still extremely rare. As such, a blue amber eye Leopard Gecko will set you back $450-$750.
13. Bold Stripe
Common geckos have black stripes running across their bodies. But bold stripe morphs have a different kind of stripes. Instead of stripes on their back, these geckos feature stripes that run down the sides of their body. And these stripes don’t go across their bodies, they run down their body’s length, making them appear quite distinct from a standard Leopard Gecko. But this variation isn’t too expensive, with some going for as little as $75, though the better lizards will set you back as much as $200.
14. Carrot Head
Any morph with an orange head is referred to as a carrot head. This coloration can be present in several variations, including the similar carrot tail morph. You’ll also commonly find tangerines, aberrants, novas, jungles, and more in a carrot head morph. Geckos with a carrot head generally cost upwards of $200 but peak at about $450.
15. Carrot Tailed
Carrot tails are almost the same as carrot heads, only they feature orange tails instead of heads. This variation is quite common nowadays, so it’s not a very expensive morph, costing between $100-$200 on average.
16. Chocolate Albino
A chocolate albino gecko is just an albino gecko that was incubated at a cooler temperature. This results in a darker colored lizard when it hatches. Aside from this difference in coloration, they’ll share the same traits as other albinos. Chocolate albinos can vary widely in price from $30-$250, depending on how dark they are.
17. Diablo Blanco
This is one of the coolest looking morphs, with an all-white albino body with no colors or patterns, juxtaposed with red eyes. To create this incredible morph, two other morphs were bred; the RAPTOR and a blizzard morph. They’re surprisingly affordable, going for just $200-$350 on average.
Dreamsicles are an ice-cream treat with vanilla wrapped in an orange sherbet. Dreamsicle Leopard Geckos won’t melt in the sun, but they share the same bright orange and white coloration. They were created by mixing several different morphs, including mack snows, enigmas, and RAPTORs. This seems like a difficult task, but Dreamsicles are actually pretty affordable, with prices ranging from $80-$200.
This is an eye morph that results in solid black eyes and is often seen in snow and blizzard geckos. Other eye morphs stem from the recessive gene that causes black eyes as well, such as red eyes, RAPTORs, and more. You can get an eclipse gecko for $75-$150.
Enigma Leopard Geckos were first created as a random genetic mutation in 2006. This morph has a high degree of variation and produces some drastically different adults. Enigma babies are hatched with white tails and blotches instead of bands. The blotches become speckles by the time they mature. This morph often has a neurological disorder known as enigma syndrome that can cause some symptoms such as seizures and circling.
You might expect the fancy gecko to be expensive, but these are some of the most affordable of all Leopard Gecko morphs. You can find these geckos in pet stores all over selling for just $30-$40 on average. Though they’re called fancy, it’s just another way to say common gecko.
22. Gem Snow
Gem snows are born with a white body and black bands, but the bands break up as the lizard ages. As adults, they have bodies that are lavender, light yellow, or white, with a pattern that’s yellow, pink, or white, with black spots. They are rather pricey, costing between $200-$500 each.
23. Giant Leopard Gecko
The Giant Leopard Gecko’s name gives it away. What’s special about this morph is its large size. On average, it’s two inches larger than any regular-sized Leopard Gecko. This means they’re about 10 inches long, weighing in at around 100 grams. They can come in any pattern or color and usually cost between $100-$250.
24. Godzilla Super Giant
With such a name, you know this morph is going to be gigantic, but so are their prices, with some specimens costing as much as $1250! This is the largest of all Leopard Gecko morphs, and they’re all descendants of a single super giant variation by the name of Godzilla. This lizard holds the record for heaviest Leopard Gecko at 170 grams, and most of his offspring tip the scales at weights above 120 grams.
25. Halloween Mask
This variation features prominent markings over the face and body, such as circles, bands, stripes, lines, and more. These markings are often dark in color, set against a light background color of yellow or white. Most morphs don’t have spots on their heads, but Halloween mask morphs do. Even though these aren’t as striking as some of the other morphs, they can be quite costly, selling for $200-$350.
26. High Yellow
This is one of the most common morphs and was also the first morph available. They look pretty similar to a normal Leopard Gecko, though they have a yellow base color and fewer spots. Often, they have a white tail with black spots, though the rest of the body must be yellow. Since they’re so common, they’re pretty inexpensive, ranging in price from $60-$100.
Hybinos are a melanistic morph created by combining a hypo and an albino. Most of the time, they have a solid orange or yellow base color with the eyes of an albino. These are often mixed with other morphs, which is part of the reason for their wide price range. They can cost between $60-$200, with certain mixes demanding higher prices, such as a carrot head hybino morph.
28. Hyper Melanistic
Hyper morphs have more melanin than other Leopard Geckos, which results in a dark coloration, though it falls short of black. These geckos have fewer spots across their bodies than other morphs, though their tails and heads remain the same. This is the opposite of a hypo gecko, which has less melanin than a standard gecko. Hyper melanistic morphs are rarer than hypos.
29. Hyper Xanthic
A hyper xanthic morph has genes from a high-yellow. This results in a vibrant yellow base color with dark markings of bands or spots on their body. There are no markings on their head or tail. They range in price from $150-$350
30. Hypo Ghost
Often confused with mack snow variations, hypo ghosts have a very light body color, usually yellow or lavender, that fades as they age. They’re a pretty rare melanistic morph, and they sell for an average price of $200.
The jungle variation is a type of aberrant morph, where the pattern is broken. Unlike a standard aberrant morph though, a jungle gecko will have broken patterns on the body and tail, where an aberrant will have a broken pattern on only one. Jungle morphs are commonly combined with other morphs, though this tends to make them less expensive rather than more. For a jungle morph Leopard Gecko, you could spend $50-$125.
A difficult morph to produce, lavender morphs are generally the product of several generations of breeding selective variations of different morphs. These geckos can cost from $75-$250, depending on how good their coloration is. They have a light purple base color that might appear in patches, stripes, or with a majority of their body showing the purple coloration. Often, they have additional patterns as well. Unfortunately, some specimens with this coloring lose it as they age.
33. Lavender Stripe
These are quite unique and rare morphs that feature a yellow base color on their body with lavender stripes that run down their sides. They were created by crossing a red stripe and a lavender morph. You might expect them to be expensive, but at about $100, they’re one of the more affordable Leopard Gecko morphs.
34. Lemon Frost
This is a very new morph that was first created in 2012. The first time one was sold was in 2015. They’re still in a captive breeding program, though they only cost about $350-$400. As their name might suggest, this morph features a yellow base color. They also have whitened eyes that sometimes even appear blue.
35. Mack Snow
These Leopard Geckos got their name from the herpetologists that bred them; John and Amy Mack. They have black spots or bands over a main color of white or pale yellow that gets darker with age. They’re the third most popular Leopard Gecko morph, and they’re fairly affordable with prices ranging from $85-$150.
36. Marble Eye
Though marble eye variations aren’t terribly expensive at just $75-$100 per gecko, they’re a very unique morph. They’re also relatively new, first discovered in 2006. This morph gets its name from the marbled, three-dimensional appearance of their eyes that makes them instantly recognizable from other morphs.
The nova morph is a morph of a morph. You create a nova morph by crossing an enigma and a RAPTOR morph. Unfortunately, this means that novas are also susceptible to enigma syndrome. These geckos can take coloration and pattern cues from both parents, which often results in red eyes, a white tail, and an orange body. You can pick one up for $150-$200.
The pastel morph is a new variation that’s still being improved. It creates incredibly vibrant lizards with many colors that often seem to lack any real pattern, though sometimes patterns are present as well. Their colors are exquisite, taking standard gecko colors to another level. This morph first appeared as a random genetic mutation in 2008 and has been fostered since then. Specimens are quite expensive and range widely in price.
Once a patternless gecko reaches adulthood, they’ll sport no visible spots or patterns, making them appear rather similar to many blizzard morphs. Patternless morphs come in several colors, including gray, purple, green, and yellow, though the colors are pale and not pronounced. They’re often combined with other morphs to create patternless combination geckos.
40. Rainbow Stripe
Rainbow stripe Leopard Geckos have a very special look, with a body that’s orange and green. These colors are vibrant and the gecko often has no patterns to obscure its coloration. It’s a pretty rare morph though, so expect to shell out [email protected] for a rainbow stripe gecko.
41. Raining Red Stripe
This variation appears pretty similar to a rainwater albino. This is because to get a raining red stripe morph, you have to cross a rainwater albino with a red or bold striped variation. The raining red stripe variation produces a white or yellow body with orange or red stripes and costs $150-$400 because they’re so difficult to breed.
42. Rainwater Albino
One of the key components of creating a raining red stripe morph, the rainwater albino is a very pale-colored lizard; generally, with a light yellow or white body. They may have yellow or pink markings and can even display yellow bands or pink spots on their legs and tails. They’re smaller than most Leopard Gecko variations, though their prices aren’t at $400-$450 on average.
The RAPTOR is an eye morph gecko. RAPTOR is actually an acronym that stands for Red-eye Albino Patternless Tremper Orange. As you can tell from the name, this is an orange gecko with red eyes, and it took five generations of breeding to produce. You can get one of your own for $80-150, which isn’t bad compared to some of the other morphs.
44. Red Stripe
As the name implies, red stripe morphs have red stripes. More specifically, they have two stripes that run down their backs. They’re either orange or red in color. What’s interesting is that these stripes aren’t visible until the gecko reaches about six months old. These morphs sell for $150-$300.
45. Reverse Stripe
Any striped morph can be a reverse stripe. What separates a reverse stripe variation from any other striped variation is that they have a single stripe down the center of the back while other morphs have two or more. The gene for a reverse stripe is often linked to the gene for eclipsed eyes, which results in a reverse striped morph with black eyes. Basic reverse striped morphs sell for about $150.
46. Snake Eyes
One of the most impressive features of a snake is its incredible eyes. With a snake eyes morph, you can get those awesome snake eyes on a Leopard Gecko. These geckos have eyes that are completely filled in with pupils that appear as small slits. The resemblance to a snake’s eyes is uncanny. Surprisingly, this is a pretty affordable morph, with specimens costing just $75-$100.
These are unique morphs that are created by combining hypo melanistic geckos with albinos. They’re usually a solid yellow or yellow-orange with eyes that mimic their albino parent. They can have tails with bands or spots, and often carry the carrot tail gene. This can cause some incredibly expensive sunglow morphs with prices upwards of $400. However, the average sunglow morph that doesn’t have a carrot tail or tangerine gene could cost as little as $90.
48. Super Giant
It’s not hard to guess what’s special about the Super Giant Leopard Gecko. While giant geckos have a single dominant allele, super giants have a second. Giant Leopard Geckos are usually about 10 inches; 2 inches longer than normal-sized geckos. But a super giant is an additional 2 inches for an average size of 12 inches. They range in price from $200-$700.
49. Super Hypo
This melanistic morph is lacking in melanin compared to other geckos. They may have spots on their heads and tails like regular Leopard Geckos, but a super hypo will have no spots on their body at all. Regular hypos can still have a few spots on their bodies, which is the determining trait between a hypo and super hypo. Super hypos can vary in price from $75-$300.
50. Super Mack Snow
A super mack snow is a mack snow with either two recessive or two dominant snow genes. They’re lighter in color than a standard mack snow and have more specks. Often, they also have the eclipsed gene for all-black eyes. This morph sells for about $350.
51. Super Snow
Super snows are most often created by breeding two mack snows together. They have white bodies with heavy speckling covering their entire bodies. Usually, they also have the trait for eclipsed eyes.
Tangerine Leopard Geckos have a very pronounced orange color, often with darker and lighter patches. Sometimes they have brown spots and they often have unique patterns on their tails, which are usually white or orange with spots. They vary pretty widely in price from as low as $75 to as high as $400, depending on their color, pattern, size, and health.
53. Tremper Albino
This is the original albino Leopard Gecko morph, and they’re still worth quite a bit, fetching $200-$350 to this day. They’re also called the Texas gecko, and they can be pink, orange, or yellow with markings that are orange or brown and visible red veins. This morph can have banded, spotted, or striped patterns, and they often have silver eyes.
Wild Leopard Geckos are just your average non-morph Leopard Geckos, though they’re still beautiful and awesome creatures. They’re naturally colorful with yellow bodies and black spots. After all, they’re called Leopard Geckos for their similarity in color and pattern to a particular wildcat. These are the most common, and thus, most affordable Leopard Geckos, costing as little as $20 and available in pet stores all over.
Though all of these variations are technically the same species, they have some wildly different appearances. None of these is better than any other morph; it all comes down to personal preference.
With wide variances in size, color, price, and more, you have a nearly endless variety of Leopard Geckos to choose from. But that doesn’t mean you have to look for the rarest and most expensive gecko.
These geckos have great personalities and make excellent pets, regardless of which morph you choose. So, find a look that’s appealing to you, get a habitat set up, then get ready for years of enjoyment from your new Leopard Gecko.
Featured Image Credit By: Daimond Shutter, shutterstock
Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
- The 6 Types of Gecko Morphs
- The 54 Leopard Gecko Morphs and Variations
- 1. Aberrant
- 2. APTOR
- 3. Baldy
- 4. Banana Blizzard
- 5. Bandit
- 6. Bell Albino
- 7. Black Night
- 8. Black Pearl
- 9. Blazing Blizzard
- 10. Blazing Banana Blizzard
- 11. Blood
- 12. Blue Amber Eye
- 13. Bold Stripe
- 14. Carrot Head
- 15. Carrot Tailed
- 16. Chocolate Albino
- 17. Diablo Blanco
- 18. Dreamsicle
- 19. Eclipse
- 20. Enigma
- 21. Fancy
- 22. Gem Snow
- 23. Giant Leopard Gecko
- 24. Godzilla Super Giant
- 25. Halloween Mask
- 26. High Yellow
- 27. Hybino
- 28. Hyper Melanistic
- 29. Hyper Xanthic
- 30. Hypo Ghost
- 31. Jungle
- 32. Lavender
- 33. Lavender Stripe
- 34. Lemon Frost
- 35. Mack Snow
- 36. Marble Eye
- 37. Nova
- 38. Pastel
- 39. Patternless
- 40. Rainbow Stripe
- 41. Raining Red Stripe
- 42. Rainwater Albino
- 43. RAPTOR
- 44. Red Stripe
- 45. Reverse Stripe
- 46. Snake Eyes
- 47. Sunglow
- 48. Super Giant
- 49. Super Hypo
- 50. Super Mack Snow
- 51. Super Snow
- 52. Tangerine
- 53. Tremper Albino
- 54. Wild