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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-30-2006, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Dumb Question hahaa

would it work if i tried breeding an african fat tail with my leopard gecko to make a whole new kind of gecko?
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i dont know. but why wouldnt it. arent they the same, other than with coloration?
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-31-2006, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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I NO!! exactly wat i thought
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They are different genuses, not closely related at all.

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That would be genera, Bob.
And yea, I thought they needed completely different habitats and moisture settings...
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so it would never work?
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...No...Why would you want to anyways?
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i dunno to make a new morph or something i said it was a dumb question...
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Don't you think people would have tried it before if it was feasible?
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Okay I don't know how true this is, but in science class some time during my junior high or high school years I think I remember my teacher telling me that the "Ligers" (the cross breed of Tigers and Lions) were they themselves unable to reproduce offspring.

Wouldn't you have this same problem??

Anyways, I don't think I'll support you in trying it in order to find out. So I hope it was only a question and a question alone.


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Hybridization in reptiles is pretty commonplace, in the wild and in the captive pet trade. Their taxonomy is rather poorly done, so that is no guarantee that two completely distinct species cannot interbreed. For instance, the genera Lampropeltis, Pantherophis, and Pituophis can all interbreed and frequently are to create new morphs - despite many of the people that you'll see moaning and groaning about purity of bloodlines. What is sometimes referred to as a "jungle" corn snake, is actually a king snake crossed with a corn snake. The "creamsicle" corn snake is what is referred to as an intergrade, two subspecies bred together, in this case the corn snake, Pantherophis guttatus guttatus bred with an Emory's rat snake, Pantherophis guttatus emoryi. Other hybrids have been ball python X blood python, burmese python X reticulated python, emerald tree boa X amazon tree boa, jungle carpet python X green tree python - but they are all hybridized within their own genus.

Even if two seperate species are able to cross breed there are inherant dangers in attempting it, complicated issues of immune systems and embryo development... and in the case of crossbreeding king snakes, their appetite for eating other snakes. I have no idea if African fat tailed geckos and leopard geckos are compatible, I have no doubt they would breed, but chances are you'd just end up with a clutch of dud eggs.

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mollory...yea it was just a question i do not own a fat tail and thatks for the replies i was just curious hahaaa
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