Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window), Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window). How do I sign on as an interested party to the Gecko Genetics project? We outbred an ‘unaffected’ (no signs of ES by 1yr.) Because one copy of the gene is nonfunctional, it produces proteins that are misfolded, such that when they interact with normal proteins they clump up and lead to a toxic disruption of structural organization. Leopard geckos can be sexed after they have grown 5-6 inches long. Gecko Forums. For serious. Reptile health information given on this site is not intended to act as or replace the advice of a certified veterinary professional. This would eliminate the need for test breeding animals to determine their genotypes and provide precise information about an individual’s lineage. Of course, the only way to verify that an individual is not a carrier, and truly unaffected, is by whole genome sequencing. If one parent is a heterozygote, the babies will either inherit the gene or not [Fig 1.] Could it be mental or emotional? Not only is it technologically feasible, it is an ethical necessity to produce healthy, well-balanced leopard geckos. This means the normal gene is packed full of additional CAG repeats, leading to the production of a non-function protein. Try browsing the Leopard Geckos Index if you're looking for something specific. Each animal has two copies of each gene, called alleles. i know little of the mortality rate and the life quality of this genetic problem. These disoriented geckos were diagnosed with a disorder dubbed over 200 babies from various strains of stripe , eclipse , giant and raptor bred in captivity with no enigma genetics ever introduced into my projects . It seemed to satisfy whatever they were missing and they started living longer, breeding better, and actually started to thrive. Thread ... . he is 6 months old. Here is what Kevin had to say. They injected her with calcium to up levels and she’s now fed a regular diet of bugs that have been injected with liquid calcium weekly. Once started it is too late to reverse (i.e. Moral of the story: Only breed unrelated, ‘unaffected’ individuals, and outbreed to a different population of genes. Consequently, we are at a stage where a hypothesis has been made and needs further testing. Enigma Syndrome is a genetic neurological disorder which affects balance and cognition in leopard geckos. They are ALL sick! The mother remains unaffected and shows no symptoms of ES. The ultimate goal is to avoid producing abnormal animals, which means we must identify carriers of the ES gene. Brumation is a perfectly normal part of your geckoâs annual cycle, and some sources assert that providing a regular winter cooling period to captive reptiles results in healthier, more long-lived animals. She was only 10$ and the owner was going to cull her if she wasn't bought. Enigma syndrome is very serious in leopard geckos. I was thinking since I first heard of the circling and balance thing with geckos about the same thing in dogs that are used just as breeders and not also pets with free roam of the house and a yard; just left in a pen 24/7. To achieve these goals “The Coalition of Health & Genetics for Leopard Geckos” has recently been established. If your gecko doesn't show it at first, that doesn't mean it won't!!! There are so many exciting images on the internet of gorgeous and unique animals that many of us get bitten by the breeding bug. 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