Lilly White

First Produced By: Lilly Exotics [1]

Issues: Lethal Super

First Produced In: 2010 [2]

Availability: Common

Last Updated: 2021-11-18

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A Lilly White crested gecko is a high white crested gecko. The tail will be solid white from the base to the tip with no breakage when looking at the tail from a top view and the eyes will be a silvery grey colour.

Baby Lilly White crested geckos are likely to appear less white along the dorsal and laterals with a yellowish or orange colour that fades with age, however they should still have a solid white tail. The underneath of the tail can show pattern and colour but it will not cross over to the top half of the tail. The tip of the tail may have a slightly different colour or even slight grey colouring but it will not create a pattern that you see in non-Lilly White geckos.

Lilly White crested geckos will have white/cream colouring along the belly. You will be able to see the white/cream colouring from underneath your gecko up to the lower laterals. This is likely to spread as the gecko ages. The white/creamy colour along the lower lateral with show slightly raised compared to the base of the gecko…

You will notice that the Lilly White crested geckos skin is a softer with a more velvet like feel to the touch than most non-Lilly White geckos.

Lilly Whites geckos are not usually bred to other Lilly Whites geckos due to high fatality in the off-spring. However, pairing a Lilly White to a non-Lilly White gecko should result in Lilly White and non-Lilly White offspring. [3]

Issues

Lilly Whites geckos are not usually bred to other Lilly Whites geckos due to high fatality in the off-spring. However, pairing a Lilly White to a non-Lilly White gecko should result in Lilly White and non-Lilly White offspring. [5]

History

In late 2010, we randomly hatched out an incredible gecko – a pinstripe-looking animal but with stunning white/cream colouring. It was completely different to anything we had hatched before, or had seen elsewhere and was obviously going to be a keeper.

As luck would have it, our little ‘Lilly White’ baby turned out to be a male. In 2012, we bred him to three young virgin adult females and soon we were in possession of several pearly white eggs.

Fast forward a couple of months and the very first egg to hatch was a replica of the father, suggesting the trait was genetic. The second egg that hatched was normal looking as were the third, and the fourth. Then hatched another Lilly White.

Over the course of a few months it became clear that around half of the offspring were Lilly Whites and the remainder were normal looking harlequins. It seemed reasonable to assume that we were dealing with a dominant/co-dominant trait, with the Lilly White being the co-dom form. The obvious aim now was to breed Lilly White x Lilly White to see if there is a dominant or ‘super’ form that would exaggerate or alter the pattern and colour as is routinely seen in ball pythons.

In 2014, we found out the answer………. and the answer is yes and no. Yes in that the ‘super’ form is a uniform white leucistic gecko but no in that sadly the leucistic offspring do not seem viable and either don’t hatch or die shortly afterwards. This is a known phenomenon in some types of leucistic morphs in other reptiles. We have tried with different geckos with the same end result so far. As we have not yet hatched a viable leucistic crested gecko, we have not given a name to this ‘super’ form.

  • Nick Lumb - Lilly Exotics [4]

Appearance

Head

The eyes of a Lilly White Crested Gecko will be a silvery grey colour.

Body

Baby Lilly White crested geckos are likely to appear less white along the dorsal and laterals with a yellowish or orange colour that fades with age, however they should still have a solid white tail. The underneath of the tail can show pattern and colour but it will not cross over to the top half of the tail. The tip of the tail may have a slightly different colour or even slight grey colouring but it will not create a pattern that you see in non-Lilly White geckos.

Belly

Lilly White crested geckos will have white/cream colouring along the belly. You will be able to see the white/cream colouring from underneath your gecko up to the lower laterals. This is likely to spread as the gecko ages. The white/creamy colour along the lower lateral with show slightly raised compared to the base of the gecko.

Tail

The tail will be solid white from the base to the tip with no breakage when looking at the tail from a top view.

Proven Lines

No known proven lines

Related Traits

Phantom Lilly White

Phantom Lilly White is a trait that randomly occurs.
A Phantom Lilly White will have the typical phantom markings along the dorsal with a patternless or bi-colour effect, however the dorsal may also show slight white/cream colouring. They are likely to have a solid white tail with some blemishes and a slight breakage at the base of the tail.
The lower lateral will have the raised white/cream colouring similar to Lilly White. [6]

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