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Patternless Tokays are a naturally occurring morph that lacks the red or orange spots, but can have the pale blue to white base spots. They are found as three main types and are called various names depending on the breeder: blue, green with a blue head, and red. Some can also show yellow bellies that are unaffected by being fired or unfired. I am currently working with two of the three common types.
Tokay Gecko Terrarium set up and care part 2
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Feeding Time for Tokay Geckos
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Captive Bred Hatchling Tokay Gecko!
Tokay Gecko Hatching
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Tokay Gecko Reproduction and Breeding and Genetics
BY MICHAEL BILLEWICZ
Tokay geckos (Gekko gecko) are fairly easy to breed. Some captive Tokay will breed year round once they become acclimated to their new home. Others will follow the typical cycle of the seasons.
Breeding season starts in late October and runs through May. This corresponds to the wet season in Indonesia. I will add an extra misting during a local thunderstorm. Tokay sense the barometer drop and the rain is a good breeding trigger.
The female will lay two eggs approximately one month after mating, if there is a good vertical nesting site available. She can hold sperm if conditions are not acceptable. She will glue her eggs onto the vertical surface of bark, slate or other suitable areas within their nest.
A nest consists of the space between two solid vertical surfaces. Usually an inch or two apart is perfect. The top to bottom space in the hide or nesting area should be 18 inches to 24 inches in height to allow room for both parents and the egg clusters.
Tokay gecko guarding its clutch.
Do not try to remove the eggs from that surface. Also, if you remove the slate or bark from the enclosure to incubate elsewhere, she will stop laying. Actually if there is any disturbance in cage furniture the female will stop producing eggs, often until next season.
Tokay will brood their eggs if needed to regulate temperatures. I leave the eggs to hatch in the enclosure. The female Tokay will continue to lay another pair of eggs every 30 days or so after the first set for a total of 6 to 8 eggs. She will lay them in the same place as the first pair. If the male is not removed after the second or third set, she may continue laying eggs. This can exhaust her mineral reserves and result in egg binding due to kidney failure.
So let’s dispel a well publicized notion that Tokay are prone to eat their own eggs. This is not true.
Another unrelated female will eat the eggs that are not her own. Females will eat infertile eggs as well or the shells of previously hatched Tokay, but not their own fertile eggs.
Female Tokay will compete for a male. Keeping more than one unrelated female in with a male is never going to end well in the typical sized enclosure. One female will continue to bite the back haunches of the other until she breaks her back, or she leaves.
Related females can be different. I have observed sibling females using the same egg laying site simultaneously without incident in a very large enclosure area of 10’ x 12’ x 8’. I still do not recommend this without sufficient space.
Normal tokay gecko.
There is evidence that Tokay hatchlings benefit from ingesting feces from adults to establish their gastrointestinal track. It has also been observed that young Tokay are able to take down and break up larger prey items. Although providing appropriate sized insects is suggested, they still will tackle larger ones and pull them apart.
Both parents will protect their young. If the enclosure is large enough and has the proper hiding places, males will not eat their own young. Accidents in smaller enclosures during feeding time have been observed.
Now if the first set of eggs was really produced from retained sperm from a previous breeding to another male, the new male will sense this and eat these hatchling as they are not his.
Like some other geckos, Tokay pairs will bond. It is not always possible to bounce your key male from one female to another. He may be rejected by the subsequent females. There is also evidence that siblings can recognize each other and may not breed without sufficient separation first.
All hatchlings should be removed within 60 days. The adult male will start to nip at juvenile males long before you will be able to identify them as such.
Breeding females should be rested and allowed to refortify their mineral reserves before breeding them again.
Tokay Sexing, Made Easy
Multiple visual genetic mutations, (multi-gene) wild caught Tokay are not that uncommon. The trick will be to work backwards to isolate each of the traits so we can understand what they do visually.
Yellow spot normal Tokay gecko.
Blue Headed Greens have proven to be Co-dominant. I’m still not sure if that is all of them, or just certain groups. I’m also thinking that they might be a super form of sorts. I’ve produced green based Tokay with dark green spots and blue dots out of Blue Headed Green breedings. Line breeding these Aberrant Greens might be interesting.
The other patternless Tokay appear to all be simple recessive at this point.
The Super Reds that I have act co-dominant as well. I bred an F-1 Super Red male to a Granite/pied female and produced a couple of Super Red offspring in the mix. I’m assuming the are het for that females’ line of Pied as well.
The other observation is that some of these same-type recessive genetic traits, when paired together, do not produce a visual copy. As an example, if you breed Granite to Granite you get all normal looking offspring. The same goes for almost all of the white Tokay.
I’ve hypothesized that the genetic markers, or alleles for a certain visual phenotype are in a different location in each parents’ DNA strand therefore they do not line up to create the morph. My guess is that the offspring are actually double-hets for the same trait.
To prove this, I’ve started line breeding these double-hets back to their visual parents. This is starting to produce results.
I’ve line bred within a couple of Pied groups. One produced an all white, Leucistic-like Tokay with black eyes. She has sense started to show her color patches which makes her a progressive pied.
The progression from white to black, and black to white and several variations in between have been observed in most white Tokay.
The other pair of Pied, when line bred, produced a Blue Granite. I can’t wait to see what line breeding the other wild caught Granite will produce. Will we see more Granite, or Pied?
I could end up with a handful of different lines within the pied Tokay groups. It will take years to out cross them to see what might be comparable.
The other breakthrough is with two different females and a male of what I’m calling a true Calico/Pied. Their visual offspring has been either a copy of the large patches of yellow/gold, light and dark green and white with orange specks like their parents, or all of the colors speckled together to create a Molten look. Again, I’d like to see if we breed the Molten, will we get the Calico patchwork at all, or is this a completely different genetic trait.
It should be obvious that we are just starting to unlock Tokay genetics, but we’ve only scratched the surface. There is a huge backorder of projects yet to be proven out.
courtesy to : www.spottedscales.com/tokay-geckos.html
I've been fascinated by Tokays ever since I first worked with them in 2002 and heard people avoided them due to an aggressive temper. I loved them even more when first wild caught I tried handling calmed down easily and immediately drew attention to herself by me carrying her around as I worked. That female escaped when another associate left the lid unlocked and most of the tank let themselves out so I had to start over. That's when I met Storm, named so because I saw her like a storm: beautiful with the potential to be good or bad. It took me eight years to start a project with her, primarily so I would have at least one daughter from her before she passes on.
In recent years I can be found at some Texas reptile expos carrying a few of my Tokays around, introducing them to the public and educating on the species to help improve their reputation. I have also expanded my Tokay collection into morphs with a focus on Granites.
Granites & Calico/Pieds
Granite is the term used for black spotted Tokays which can vary according to color change to grays and blues. Calico and Pied name use tends to depend on the breeder, but is used for a geckos displaying random white patches of varying size. These morphs are also naturally occurring in the wild. Granite has been proven to be genetically tied to Calico/Pieds with most of the few captive breds beginning with normal coloring, changing into Granites, and then into Pieds. Most of my Granites range from minimal white Pied traits and more in varying amounts.
It is also now debated that there is no true Leucistic Tokay since many Pieds continue to loose color until they are near or solid white as well as many solid white suddenly developing pattern. True Leucistic animals are born white and never change. 2 solid white Tokays have been documented to be born, but only one photo to prove the existence of one and the second has since developed pattern. Some Granites and Pieds change color throughout their lives with some even returning to completely normal colors and having no trace of ever being different.
The beginning of my work with Tokays was with normals. I have spot colors ranging red, orange, and lime green, yellow bellies, normal and short snout breeders. Traits are not necessarily passed on to the offspring, but I will focus on some of them in the future.
Wild caught female (morph still under debate) Blue Ghost or Blue Granite Peach Head minimal Pied or Blue minimal Calico, Overcast (have not seen darkest colors)
Spotted Scales' First CB Granite Calico
2014 brought a lot of firsts for Spotted Scales including producing it's own Granite Calico! While this is not an exclusive accomplishment, it was not expected to happen for me after only two years of the four that I have been breeding morphs. It has been incredible watching this little girl go through her color changes and I look forward to seeing her final appearance!
Wild caught male Melanistic Blue Granite minimal Pied
Wild caught female Blue Granite
Don't have a male for this girl yet. Wild caught High Orange female, Tsunami (light colors only)
Still there are many morphs and cross breeding discovered every year .. update yourself by checking the specialized websites and forums like gecko unlimited
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