Obscurial Axanthic

First Produced By: Matt Karwacki

Aliases: Karwacki Axanthic, Lizard Wizard Reptiles Axanthic, LWR Axanthic

Issues: N/A

First Produced In: 2018

Availability: Lower

Last Updated: 2022-04-22

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There are currently about 6 bloodlines of Axanthic (to our knowledge at this time) throughout the community. While we believe that all the existing actual Axanthic gene(s) may at least be compatible to any degree, we have never purchased into any of the Axanthic projects/genes/bloodlines more or less due to economic status…there was no way we could afford it. Nor have we ever purchased animals from any of the breeders who were the originators of the other lines or anyone who currently breeds the other examples in their collections. Our example was a product of a 8-9 year project where we would collect “weird” geckos and just cross them in hopes that we would one day hatch something unique. We use the word “weird” or “weirdo” because for many years, anything in the Crested Gecko community that was allegedly a gene was largely disregarded as a polygenetic trait and nothing more. In order not to be crucified online while discussing and it showcasing projects, I adopted the terms weird or weirdo to keep the nonsense down. To be clear on what I meant by these terms, I will explain my definitions here: any animal referred to as “weird” or “weirdo” was an animal that A) did not fit the description for its lineage and therefore was phenotypically different or B) was an animal that was phenotypically the same or extremely similar to the counterparts of it’s lineage but with some regularity would produce animals that were phenotypically dissimilar to its lineage regardless of the pairing.

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At this time we have not experienced nor have we witnessed any issues associated with this project.


The two original 100% hets that were in house productions do not display this gene. We have seen about 1 in every 4 babies hatch out as a visual Obscurial Axanthic. This has been the case since the gene was discovered within our collection. This is still the case today. This rate of expression is a text book example of recessive genetics.

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This line of Axanthic boasts more stark white on some phenotypes while other patternless phenotypes have less. The true white that does exist on these specimens seems to grow as the animal ages rather than disappear or dissolve like what can be observed in other lines of Axanthic. The white however does not grow into full body coverage as in Lilly Whites, however the true white does increase over time. Some specimens may also show signs of translucent skin as hatchlings. At this time we are seeing the translucent skin becoming less so as the animal ages.


All specimens/phenotypes that we have had hatch seem to display any degree of this translucent trait on the thorax. One may note a “red” color and this phenomenon correlated with light passing through the skin. As the animal ages this dissipates and becomes less visible. Upon closer inspection in person, one will note that the “red” in which they see is in fact the underlying tissue and not pigment.

Additionally we have seen pinstriping, port holes, harlequin markings, dalmatian spotting, fringing, and furring on these animals. Each OA that hatches seems to be a different phenotypical example of this project.


At this time the only thing we have run into are the people who strongly hold to the notion that true genetics do not exist in Crested Geckos aside from the Lilly White gene.

Proven Lines

No known proven lines

Related Traits

At this time we do not know of any. We do however strongly suspect this to change in the future as we do test breedings. We suspect that there are a handful of other genetic factors at play and we will be working hard at trying to isolate these influences if possible.


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