Lemon Frost Leopard Geckos

A new and exciting morph! First released to the public on October 10, 2016



Geckos Etc. is very excited to be releasing the first offspring from our new Lemon Frost project.  Click here to see available Lemon Frosts for sale. The Lemon Frost is a new base morph of leopard gecko which enhances and brightens the base body color of a gecko. We see great potential for spectacular new combination morphs to be created in the future using the Lemon Frost gene!

Here is some more information about the Lemon Frost:

What is the history of this morph? Where did it come from?
The Lemon Frost Leopard Gecko was first hatched by Gourmet Rodent. It hatched in either late 2012 or early 2013 from a Normal male bred to a Normal female. Fortunately, a staff member at Gourmet Rodent realized the first Lemon Frost hatchling was a unique animal, and it was held back to test out the possibility that this unique gecko had a new and heritable gene. The original Lemon Frost was a female, and when she was bred, at least two Lemon Frosts were hatched in her first season of breeding (along with some Normals).

When did Geckos Etc. start working with this morph?
In June 2015, Gourmet Rodent announced they would release the first Lemon Frost female to the public at the USARK (United States Association of Reptile Keepers) auction at the NARBC Tinley Park show on October 10, 2015.  In order to support USARK and raise the value of this special once in a life-time auction item, Gourmet Rodent added a male Lemon Frost to the deal.  Thus, the highest bidder would win a pair of the first Lemon Frosts available to the public.  To add even more hype and publicity to the event, Rodent Pro graciously agreed to provide a matching donation to the winning bid amount – all to benefit USARK.  Geckos Etc. made the winning bid, and won the pair after a very exciting auction.

Here are few pictures from the auction: 

 

 
       
Steve Sykes with Phil Goss, President of USARK after the Lemon Frost Auction

The female was available immediately, but we didn’t receive the male until December 2015.  The pair was named Mr. and Ms. Frosty!  Here are some pictures of our Lemon Frost pair:

Ms. Frosty:

 

 
       


Mr. Frosty - the founder of our Lemon Frost Project (first bred in 2016)

 

 
       


What was the breeding plan for the Lemon Frost Project in 2016?
Unfortunately, Ms. Frosty started ovulating at a smaller size than was safe for her to breed. Based on our experience, we know that a female will not gain much weight until after her ovulation season is over.  So, we thought it would be best for her health and safety to refrain from breeding her in 2016.  Therefore, our 2016 breeding plan focused on our male, Mr. Frosty.  Our main goal in our first breeding season was to determine if Mr. Frosty was het for any of the recessive genes.  Our test breeding projects included test breeding him with Tremper Albino, Bell Albino, Rainwater Albino, Murphy Patternless, Blizzard, and Eclipse.  Mr. Frosty proved to be het for Murphy Patternless only (see below for a discussion).

In addition to our test breeding plans, our goal was to produce non-het Lemon Frosts by breeding him to some of our bloodlines that we know are not het for any recessive genes.  This included our Blood Super Hypo Tangerines, Bandits, Sunburst Tangerines, and Wild Caught bloodlines.

Since we did not breed Ms. Frosty in 2016, we were not able to provide any information on whether a “Super” form of the Lemon Frost gene exists.  

What does the Lemon Frost gene do to the appearance of a Leopard Gecko?
It appears the gene works by increasing the white base color of the gecko all over its body. This results in an overall brightening to the white, yellow, or orange colors of the gecko. The increased white color can also be seen in a whitening of the eyes, and white color spreading down the sides onto the belly. This photo shows a great example of the increased white color on the sides and overall brightness of the yellow.  This gecko was two weeks old in this picture.

 

 
       


The following photos show a great comparision between a Lemon Frost versus a Normal Leopard Gecko:

Lemon Frost adult body color  

 

 
Normal adult body color (this is a Lemon Frost Sibling)

 

 
       

Lemon Frost hatchling eye

 

 
Normal hatchling eye (this is a Lemon Frost Sibling)

 

 
       


We have observed some variation in the amount of whiteness in the eye. Below are a couple more examples of hatchling eyes that show the amount of variation in eye color between different Lemon Frosts. These two hatchlings below and the hatchling Lemon Frost and Lemon Frost sibling above are all from the same breeding project.

Lemon Frost hatchling eye

 

 
Lemon Frost hatchling eye

 

 
       

 

Lemon Frost belly (Lemon Frost is from breeding Lemon Frost x RAPTOR)

 

 
Normal adult belly (this is a Lemon Frost Sibling)

 

 
       


Just like the eyes, there is some variation in color among the bellies of various Lemon Frosts. In the photos below, pay special attention to the increased white color that spreads down the sides of the body, and the increased white color on the underside of the jaw line.

Lemon Frost belly

 

 
Lemon Frost Super Hypo Tangerine belly (from breeding Lemon Frost x Blood Super Hypo Tangerine)

 

 
     

Can you tell a Lemon Frost from a Normal when the babies first hatch?
We have not had any problems differentiating Lemon Frosts babies from their non-Lemon Frost siblings. The overall yellow color on a Lemon Frost hatchling is brighter, the eyes are whiter, the neck band is lighter/washed out, and the edges of the dark bands are often blurred.

Hatchling Lemon Frost (top) and Normal sibling (bottom)

 

 
Same geckos at 1 week old, after their first shed. Lemon Frost (top) and Normal Sibling (bottom)

 

 
       


How is the gene inherited? Is it a dominant or recessive gene? Is it a Codominant gene?
The Lemon Frost gene is a dominant gene, and it may be a codominant gene. In 2016, all our breeding projects were Lemon Frost x Non Lemon Frost. Upon hatching, babies are clearly identifiable as either Lemon Frost or non Lemon Frost which makes it a clearly a dominant gene. 

As of October 2016 no information has been released regarding the existence of a "Super" form of Lemon Frost (from breeding Lemon Frost x Lemon Frost). Since we did not breed Lemon Frost x Lemon Frost, we are not able to provide any information on this.  We hope to have more information in 2017.

What is the breeding outcome if you breed a Lemon Frost to a non Lemon Frost?
Based on probability for a dominant gene, the expected outcome is 50% Lemon Frost and 50% Normal (non Lemon Frost).

What morphs can be bred together to produce a Lemon Frost?
The Lemon Frost is a new base morph, and cannot be created by combining together any existing morphs.

Are there Lemon Frost hets?
Since Lemon Frost is a dominant gene, geckos cannot be het for the Lemon Frost gene. A gecko either carries the Lemon Frost gene or it does not.

Can the Lemon Frost gene be combined with other Leopard Gecko morphs?
Definitely! The Lemon Frost gene can be combined with all existing morphs of Leopard Geckos, and we expect that a lot of new spectacular combination morphs will be created. It is an exciting time to be a Leopard Gecko breeder!

Have you test bred your Lemon Frosts to find out if they are het for any recessive genes?
One of our first goals with Mr. Frosty was to test breed him with the 6 most common recessive genes in Leopard Geckos. In 2016, we bred Mr. Frosty with Bell Albino, RAPTOR (Eclipse and Tremper Albino), Rainwater Patternless Albino, and Blizzard. Our test breeding revealed that he was het for Patternless (Murphy Patternless), but he was not het for any other recessive genes. Since Mr. Frosty is het for Murphy Patternless, all his offspring are 50% possible het Patternless. In 2017, we will be test breeding our next generation of breeders (off-spring from Mr. Frosty) to determine which are het for Murphy Patternless.  Our eventual goal is to create pure non-het bloodlines of Lemon Frosts.

Lemon Frost Patternless (bottom) and sibling Lemon Frost het Patternless (top)

 

 
Hatchling Lemon Frost Patternless

 

 
       

 

 
       


Are there any coordination problems with this morph similar to the Enigma?
We have had great breeding success with Mr. Frosty, and at this time have not observed any problems with the strength and viability of this morph in the babies that have been produced. Lemon Frosts seem to be equally strong and vigorous as normal leopard geckos. Lemon Frosts do not have any coordination issues that can be observed in some Enigmas.

When will male Lemon Frosts be available?
2017 hatched juvenile male Lemon Frosts will be available in the summer of 2017 – date to be determined.