Great accurate info!Nowadays wild-caught leo's are actually pretty expensive and hard to get. There are several named subspecies (and actually more than one species in the genus). In Europe they are starting to breed some of these distinct subspecies more or less "pure" (not mixed with other leopards from other localities), and they are fairly expensive compared to our "mixed bag" leos here in the U.S. A few U.S. breeders are doing the same.
Here are the subspecies of leopard geckos so far recognized:
Eublepharis macularius macularius
Eublepharis macularius afghanicus
Eublepharis macularius fasciolatus
E. m. montanus
E. m. smithi
When leo's started being imported to the U.S. the dealers did not recognize the different subspecies, so they mixed individuals from all different locales.....and so the vast majority of our leopard geckos in the trade today are a "melting pot" of different subspecies. Remember, I'm talking about real, natural "races" here, not all the various genetic "forms" we've "created" over the years (like blizzards, ghosts, pineapple upside-down cake....okay I made that last one up....but you get my meaning...).
and that's not even considering the other species in the genus Eublepharis, but that is a post for another time....
Agreed. I could look at them all day. When having gecko's you can never get bored. On the other hand i almost have no time to have fun with my Leo's... ( Home Work - School - Exercise - Having to do what every one else wants to do ). So that real takes out time for my Gecko funI know what you mean Dark, my husband keeps sayin' I have enough... then I see another and my collection grows. I can spend hours in my reptile room just watching them!