One of the great things about leopard geckos is the wide variety of color morphs or “paint jobs” that they are available in, this includes the albino leopard gecko.
The albino leopard gecko is one the base morphs that some amazing color combinations have been built on. To date there has been three distinct albino leopard gecko strains proven. These three stains are not genetically compatible and cross breeding them together will result in non albino babies.
There are several other combination morphs that use the albino gene as an ingredient and combine the albino gene with other pattern and color morphs creating a nearly limitless possibility of morph and color combinations.
All three of the known leopard gecko albinos strains are known as t-positive albinos or Tyrosinase positive albino. Tyrosinase is an enzyme in the tissue that in part controls pigment. In other reptiles this is commonly known as a Carmel Albino and has more color and variation than the standard white skin and pink eyes that you may think of with Albino mammals such as albino mice.
Rainwater Albino Leopard Geckos
The Rainwater Albino leopard gecko strain was developed by Tim Rainwater out of Las Vegas, NV. This albino strain is also commonly referred to as the Las Vegas Albino.
Rainwater Albinos are our personal favorite of the leopard gecko albino strains but they are also probably the least common in the hobby these days.
Rainwater albinos tend to have the darkest eyes of the three strains of albino. In the past there was some great leopard gecko breeders such as Jeremy Letkey and Dan the Fireman that helped popularize this strain.
There are several awesome leopard gecko combinations that have been made from the Rainwater Albino strain including the Raining Red Stripe, Firewater, and the Typhoon.
Tremper Albino Leopard Geckos
The Tremper Albino leopard gecko strain was discovered and developed by Ron Tremper from leopardgecko.com out of Texas.
Tremper albinos was the first of the strains to be developed and is arguably still the Most popular strain.
Tremper albinos tend to have the lightest color eyes and were used in some ground breaking combination morphs such as the Sunglow, Raptor and the Diablo Blanco.
Bell Albino Leopard Geckos
The Bell Albino leopard gecko strain was developed by Mark and Kim Bell of Reptile Industries in Florida.
The Bell Albino leopard gecko strain is the newest of the three known strains of leopard gecko albino. Bell albino eyes tend to be a light pink color and can be very beautiful. Over the years this strain has been used to create some absolutely fantastic looking bright geckos including the Enigma Bell Albino, Snow Bell, and the Blazing Bell.
All three leopard gecko albino strains have been used to create some fantastic looking leopard gecko morph combinations. Each strain has its own strengths that can be enjoyed and enhanced through selective breeding programs.
It is important for breeders to keep these strains separate from each other through good breeding practices and solid record keeping to avoid confusing the genetics of the geckos. Visually it is impossible to determine with 100% accuracy what strain of albino your leopard gecko comes from. The only way to know for sure is to have the genetic history of the parents or through test breedings of an unknown gecko with known albino geckos.