The giant-sized leopard geckos are divided into two classes called Giant and Super Giant. In the Giant class, the males reach 80-110 grams and the females 60-90 grams per year of age. This being their typical size for the Eterozygotes.
It should be noted that these giants can appear in any phase, pattern or color. Unless both Super Giant parents are used, there is no visible way to distinguish a Giant from a Super Giant until 10-12 months of age.
Giant Leopard Gecko Morph Origins.
The Giant morph was developed by Ron Tremper in 1999. The event was a surprise and it was not until a little less than the first year of age that the male juvenile, the product of crossing two normal leopard geckos showed signs of mutation. This specimen reached a length of 11 inches at 10 months, after which it did not grow anymore. Ron Tremper decided to check if the giant’s trait was a new mutation. For this, he employed albino females in the hope of obtaining heterozygous offspring that gave giant trait signals. His tests were successful on the first attempt, giving rise to the first albino giant. Later it demonstrated the presence of a co-dominant or at least incomplete dominant gene for giant morphs.
The second part of the test was to match the giant albino with sisters of normal type. Product of this union was given to a group of females that by their size did not indicate that they were giants, which were crossed with the original giant, resulting in the first generation of super-giant.
Super Giant Leopard Gecko
The supergiant leopard gecko is the homozygous version of the giant leopard gecko trait. In relation to giants and normal geckos, also known as wild leopard geckos, the supergiant leopard gecko is the biggest leopard gecko in the world. Males are over 110 grams and females over 90 grams per year of age. They can be any pattern or color. Unless both parents are known Super Giants there are no visible ways to tell Giant from a Super Giant until 10-12 months of age.
A supergiant leopard gecko can easily reach 10 inches in length. Hatching in May 2001 from a selected Tremper Giant bloodline. The, with its 11 3/8″ long, was the largest supergiant leopard gecko.
At this moment, several recognized breeders have managed to obtain supergiants geckos leopard, descendants of Moose. This new phase was called Godzilla, for presenting the new record for the world’s largest leopard gecko. In only two years of its hatching, this specimen surpassed 169 grams, and 11 and 5/8 inches long, reaching a new length record on October 20, 2010, with 11 and 13/16 inches.
Giant leopard gecko care vs Normal leopard gecko
The care of a giant leopard gecko is exactly the same as one of the normal sizes. Except for food of course. These reptiles, being larger than their heterozygous versions, need a higher intake of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. The criterion of increasing the diet from 20 to 30 % is advised. That if, always observing the behavior of the animal. Especially the thickness of the tail. If this thickness is a sign of overfeeding and if it begins to reduce, it is necessary to increase the intake of nutrients.
Another detail to consider is the size of the terrarium. These reptiles are not so small anymore. A 10-gallon terrarium that would be more than enough to house a normal leopard gecko is no longer enough.
I suggest that if you are interested in taking home a giant or supergiant leopard gecko, buy a 20-gallon terrarium. and if you would like to get offspring, or have a pair (female and male) of supergiant leopard geckos, go straight to a 40-gallon reptile tank.