Enigmas

What is an Enigma?

The Enigma occurred from a random genetic mutation.  Very cool for collectors and hobbyists. And can at times add some interesting genetics into your breeding groups. We do have available Enigma Leopard Geckos for sale.

There are several interesting traits that distinguish an Enigma from any other Leopard Gecko.

The visual traits are:

  • As a Hatchling they display unusual spots on their heads and body, and as they get older these spots change into what looks almost like dabs from a paint brush or spots. Refer to the background image on this page. This breeder female is actually a Giant Tremper Patternless Albino (GTPA), and she does show all the Enigma Traits visually and in her demeanor. she displays the paint brush effect quite clearly.
  • In many Enigmas the color scale tends to be in the Pastels.
  • Many Enigmas display spots or specks of color as they get older. In my example above, this female is about 11 months old and it does appear that the color she is displaying is the final look for her in adulthood. I think she is just beautiful.

Enigma Spin:  The other unusual thing about enigmas is the way they act. There are several unusual things they do that also define them as Enigmas:

  • Enigma Spin:  To a varying degree they will at times spin in circles. Some Enigmas may do this more or less than others. In the case of my GTPA above, she does run around in circles when she is excited. This is the only time she does this. In other Enigmas I have, I will rarely observe this activity. In another case, I have a male, that when excited it will take laps around its cage.
  • Enigma Shake:  If you closely observe your Enigma, you will notice they tend to be somewhat off balance at times and will slightly shake their head. Not to an extreme level, but if you know how Leopard Geckos act, you will notice something is amiss. Note that in some cases this act can go to the extreme and in fact you would need to cease breeding a particular Gecko or make sure you breed it to a non Enigma to solve this problem.
  • Enigma Stare:  I have also noted that many Enigmas will look you directly in the eyes while you handle them. Its actually very cool and quite mesmerizing.
  • Docile:  The other thing I have personally noticed from lots of handling of my Enigmas is that they are far more easy to handle then the typical Leopard Gecko. Meaning that they tend to be less jumpy and will seam more inquisitive compared to other non Enigmas. They seam to actually enjoy being handled.

History:  This morph was first noticed In 2006 by Mark Bell as a random hatching from one of his breeding programs.

2015 Breeding Program goal:  Currently we have no specific breeding program for Enigmas. As mentioned above this is a genetic mutation. However in saying that we do get back a fair number of Enigmas from our various breeding programs as some of our females do have Enigma in their genetics they may be Het for.  I am confident we will  have quite a few Enigmas that will be available during the 2015 season. We have been seeing some very interesting Sunglow Enigmas the last 3 seasons.

4 Gecko's in Enigmas

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Enigma - Giant - Diablo Blanco Het - 25% chance of Super Giant

On Hold
$189.00 Temp Hold

Gecko:
G92
Availability:
On Hold
Sex:
Female
Hatch Date:
02/25/2014
Age:
5 years, 6 months,
Weight:
59(grams)
HET:
Diablo Blanco

Size:  59 Grams as of 4/22/15.  She has to weigh 60 gram for females within the first 12 months of growth to be considered a Giant.  Possible Super Giant!

Color:  Color varies from each Enigma to the next depending on the morph type used to create the Enigma. She does tilt the head some and circle, however she is very healthy and active. Most Enigma will display some sort of a spotted head pattern. Many will display gray banding on the tail. Keeping in mind most Enigma traits are shown in how the gecko acts and not how it looks. Please read our article on enigmas on Embergecko.com! Note that Enigma’s are one off geckos and not an actual morph type per say, even though many breeders would argue this point. We all have an opinion.

Genetics:  Based on 100% Tremper Bloodlines. All of our Enigmas tend to come from Tremper Albino morphs. For the most part that are derived from either Ember combo’s or Sunglow Combo morphs. The breeding group for the most part are all  Super Giants and Giants.   Super Giant to Giant = 50% Super Giants, and 50%  Giants .  Note most of our Enigmas will grow out to Giants and Super Giants assuming they are fed correctly and provided the correct vitamin supplements during the main growth phase of the first 12 to 18 months.

Breeding: Breeding Enigmas takes some serious thought as breeding an Enigma to an Enigma usually produces an animal that display too much of the Enigma syndrome and may very well not be a viable animal. Please read our article on Embergecko.com on Enigmas. If you do choose to go ahead and breed your Enigma, make sure to breed your Enigma to a non-Enigma for best results. Are there some great Enigma projects, you bet! Choose wisely and be sure to track the Enigma genetics so as to not mix it with other breeding groups.

Special Marks: Red Veining in the eyes is common in our Enigmas!

Comments:  She will make a fine addition to any collection/breeding program you may be working on. Our Albino Enigmas are fine examples of their Morph type.

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Enigma - Giant - Het for Raptor - 25% chance of Super Giant

Sold
$169.00 Thanks R.S.

Gecko:
G1162
Availability:
Sold
Sex:
Female
Hatch Date:
09/06/2013
Age:
5 years, 11 months, 22 days
Weight:
50(grams)
HET:
Raptor

Size:  50 Grams as of 12/6/14.  She has to weigh 60 gram for females within the first 12 months of growth to be considered a Giant.  Possible Super Giant!

Color:  Color varies from each Enigma to the next depending on the morph type used to create the Enigma. She does tilt the head and circle, but is very healthy and active. Most Enigma will display some sort of a spotted head pattern. Many will display gray banding on the tail. Keeping in mind most Enigma traits are shown in how the gecko acts and not how it looks. Please read our article on enigmas on Embergecko.com! Note that Enigma’s are one off geckos and not an actual morph type per say, even though many breeders would argue this point. We all have an opinion.

Genetics:  Based on 100% Tremper Bloodlines. All of our Enigmas tend to come from Tremper Albino morphs. For the most part that are derived from either Ember combo’s or Sunglow Combo morphs. The breeding group for the most part are all  Super Giants and Giants.   Super Giant to Giant = 50% Super Giants, and 50%  Giants .  Note most of our Enigmas will grow out to Giants and Super Giants assuming they are fed correctly and provided the correct vitamin supplements during the main growth phase of the first 12 to 18 months.

Breeding: Breeding Enigmas takes some serious thought as breeding an Enigma to an Enigma usually produces an animal that display too much of the Enigma syndrome and may very well not be a viable animal. Please read our article on Embergecko.com on Enigmas. If you do choose to go ahead and breed your Enigma, make sure to breed your Enigma to a non-Enigma for best results. Are there some great Enigma projects, you bet! Choose wisely and be sure to track the Enigma genetics so as to not mix it with other breeding groups.

Special Marks: Red Veining in the eyes is common in our Enigmas!

Comments:  She will make a fine addition to any collection/breeding program you may be working on. Our Albino Enigmas are fine examples of their Morph type.

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Enigma - Super Giant - 87g

Sold
$249.00 Thanks

Gecko:
SG285
Availability:
Sold
Sex:
Female
Hatch Date:
06/04/2011
Age:
8 years, 2 months, 22 days
Weight:
87(grams)
HET:
Normal

Comment: Very nice Tremper Enigma. Good size and color. Very bright bold contrast.

Age/Size: She is 87g as of today 1/19/2012. She has already made Giant size. She has to hit 90g before she is one year old to be considered a super Giant.

Color: Beautiful white body with bold bright black spots. She has a light tangerine color on the sides of her body. White tail with gray bands. Eats well and does not display any extreme Enigma traits. Very healthy.

Genetics: Embergecko.com

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Enigma - Bold Red Stripe

Sold
$229.00 Thanks K.H.

Gecko:
G2005
Availability:
Sold
Sex:
Male
Hatch Date:
03/03/2011
Age:
8 years, 5 months, 25 days
Weight:
49(grams)

Comment: Very nice Tremper Enigma. Good size and color. Very bright bold contrast.

Age/Size:  He is 49g as of today 11/28/2011. He may make Giant size of 80 grams in his frist year of life.  Possible Giant.

Color: Beautiful Orange and Tan body with bold bright orange stripes. His tail is in contrast to the body being white in color with small black spots. He does not display any extreme traits of being a Enigma. Very healthy.

Genetics: Provided by Eccogecko.com

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