Here you will find a nice layout with example photos to better understand what I go by to price my geckos and what makes each and every one special or given at a discounted rate. This page will also serve as an up to date reference to Crested Gecko Color, pattern, structure, non desired traits and some abnormalities. In addition to that it will also familiarize you with the terminology used by me and other breeders to describe & classify these beautiful geckos. There are so many different traits and patterns this will take some time to put together so bare with me! If permission is granted, I will be using other crested gecko breeders photos to help complete this diagram.
When pricing my geckos or evaluating them for breeding I look at these things:
This order can change, as believe me if I had an albino crested gecko that had little crest he would still be bred and then have the small crest bred out:)
There are so many variations to the Crested Gecko, that is why it is important to buy from someone who has a good reputation, who is honest and has experience with Crested Geckos.
COLORS AND THEIR VARIATIONS
PATTERN AND TRAITS
-Brick and Pinkish Red
-Neon Bright Red
-Yellowish/Brown or Yellow/tan
-Mustered Yellow or Olive/Yellow
-Pale Yellow or Creamy Yellow
-Yellowsih Orange or Citrus or Neon Yellow
CREAMS: =C OR WH
LAVENDER/GRAY: =L OR GR
-Bright Olive or like a Lime Green
CHOCOLATE/BLACK: =CH OR BL
BUCKSKIN: Buckskin is where it all began since thier rediscovery in 1994 if you look at a True Buckskin close you will notice many colors hidden in there undertones. Like Lavender, Olive, Yellow and Red.
A Crested Gecko with good Structure is mostly referring to the Head size and Crest (unless Pinstriped then refer to bottom) There are some that have exaggerated crest or are Crowned and have a larger than normal head. Since these Geckos are called Crested Geckos, breeding groups should try and breed this into there lines as the norm. Any Crested Gecko that is Crestless should not be bred unless you have something so unusual that you have not choice. Then it is your responsibly to breed structure back into the line. Back when reds where super rare I had one with no crest and it was sold super cheap. But like I had said before if I had an albino It would have to be bred:)
Is referring to rased scales located near the back area or Pin-stripe reign.
TRUE PATTERNLESS =TP
A True Patternless must have NO BY COLORING OR PATTERN AT ALL! The geckos undertone or base color will appear to be very "clean" and let what ever color it may be come through like a shinny nickel. This variation makes for some of the most sought after Crested Geckos. These geckos will almost appear hypo. Patternless Geckos are among the hardest to produce, take a look at what is on the market today in a good mega pixel photo and you will see allot have some sort of patterning like tigering dirtying it up and not letting the color come through. Ever seen a Crested and thought to your self "it's bright but it could just use a little something" Patternless Crested Geckos can be complemented by many traits/patterns and colors listed below. When combined with some of these traits they are sometimes referred simple as to having a clean base color.
A By-color is referring to, in most cases, a patternless gecko with a small amount of brown or olive tone to the back and top of the head. Most breeders use this name for describing a Patternless Crested Gecko that has some by coloring. By-Color Crested Geckos can also be complemented by many traits/patterns and colors listed below.
Harley's or Harlequins refers to the patterning on the limbs and sides. There are is almost always an extreme to every trait. The amount of Harlequin and the contrast to the colors is what will determine the value along with more traits complimenting the contrast. Some of the sub names of Harlequins are:
Tri-Color Harlequin or Extreme
Black n Cream
Creamsicle (Orange n Cream)
Extreme Orange or Orange Exposition
Halloween (Black n Orange)
Red n Cream
FLAME OR FIRE=FL
The flame or Fire patten is referring to the pattern on their back. The Flame pattern is when Crested Gecko Breeding started to get interesting since the rediscovering in 1994. This pattern can be combined with many traits as well.
White walls refer to the side pattern being so extreme it crawls up the sides or "walls" of the gecko. A very beautiful trait indeed...
PINSTRIPES OR PARTIAL PIN-STRIPES= FP OR PP
Pinstripes on a Crested Gecko can have many different variations stated below. Some of the first Pinners came dashed or in percentages, like 50% or 75%. Then when the Trait got more defined we got 100% Pinstripes. The first Pinstripes or now called Classic Pin-stripes had a very distinct Pinstripe/line(s) normally cream in color connected from the base of the tail and up to the neck area. This mid section is normally a darker color or colors to really make that Pin-stripe stand out. This trait can be combined with many colors and traits to make for some beautiful Cresteds.
Red n Cream Pin-stripes or Partial Pin-stripes
Halloween Pin-stripes or Partial Pin-stripes
Creamsicle Pin-stripes or Partial Pin-stripe
This is also a Bold Pinstripe except the Pin-Striping is thicker then average, but still well defined from the mid back. This also can be combined or complimented by many traits.
These Pin-stripes unlike The Classic Pin-stripe have the mid section filled in with the creamyish or cream coloration to make almost a racing stripe down the entire back.
TWO TONE PIN-STRIPE =TT
A Two Ton Pin-stripe is much like the Solid Back Pin-stripe only the Pin-striping part that goes from the base of the tail up to the neck area is a white color and the center is a cream. They are very similar to Solid Stripe.
A Phantom Pin-stripe Has Raised Pin-striping lacking the cream/white coloration. When looking at these geckos you can totally tell they are a Pin-stripe but not somehow.
Reverse Pin-stripes have a distinct color underneath the Pin-striping. Almost highlighting the Pin-stipe making it stand out better. The ideal Reverse Pin would be one with cream/white underneath the Pin-striping and dark on top. Who knows we might have one of those yet in the near future!
Lateral Striping or Side Burns is referring to the side patterning running from the front of the leg to the back of the leg. These Stripes can be raised like a Pin-stripe or phantom and are best when present on both sides. These are on but not limited Pin-stripes of all kinds.
These are located on the face underneth the eyes. I would reefer to these as side burns only because they are on the face rather on the sides, like human side burns:) These normally are seen on Pinstripes of all kinds including Phantoms.
Dalmatians typically have black spotting here there. Dalmatians have been around for along time and the benefits have been reached very much so in the last few years like some of the spotting described below. Extreme Dalmatians are another very cool outcome from many years of breeding.
Red spotting came from the Dalmatian lines and is being defined slowly by Collectors. Currently there are no Cresteds with only Red spots. They normally come hand in hand with black ones. But Im sure that wont be for long at all!
Phantom spotting is so strange they are spots that are almost like investable ink. They come and go and tend to, but not always, disappear as the gecko ages. They are lighter then a Dalmatian spot they kinda look olive/green.
This spotting is grouped spotting to make either a giant spot or a small area with more spotting than anything else. There are some Crested Geckos with all four of these spotting traits.
PORTHOLES OR WHITE SPOTS=WS
Portholes are white spotting that is raised on the sides of the crested geckos and are indeed a plus! Collectors are working on making a Crested Gecko with white spotting on more than just the sides.
Tiger Crested Geckos have been around for a long time much like the Harlequin and the Dalmatians. It is simple tiger markings all over the geckos body. Marble and Brindle has a distinctively different look than a tiger pattern, its more swirly kinda.
Having White Fringe is the white coloration on the back or hind leg. This trait can be on almost any color or pattern.
Having Knee Caps is the white coloration on top of the knee. This trait can also be on any color or pattern.