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What is an Enigma?
An Enigma is a Leopard Gecko which is a dominant morph. When classifying an Enigma, there are a few common features which all Enigmas seem to have. When they hatch out, their spots tend to be blotches rather than bands. When looking at their tails, the tails are almost all white. As they grow older, the spotting increases and sometimes turns into speckles.
The Enigmas are considered a random genetic mutation. In 2006, Mark Bell produced the first Enigma when it randomly hatched out of one of his Leopard Gecko groups.
Albey from Albey's "Too Cool" Reptiles and Matt Baronak from A&M Geckos have crossed the Enigmas into the Tangerine Lines producing some different looking Tangerines. Examples can be seen below.
Albey Scholl from Albey's "Too Cool" Reptiles has hatched the World's first Tremper Albino Blazing Blizzard Enigma. It can be seen below. With the Tremper Albino Blazing Blizzard, there are two recessive traits in play, Albino and Blizzard, and a dominant trait, Enigma.
The Murphy Patternless Enigma is a combination morph: one dominant trait (Enigma) and one recessive trait are in play (Murphy Patternless). In the case of the the Murphy Patternless Albino Enigmas, there are two recessive traits (Albino and Murphy Patternless) in play and one dominant trait (Enigma). A&M Geckos was the first to produce an Albino Murphy Patternless Enigma on June 27, 2008.
This is an eye shot of a Murphy Patternless Enigma (Cadolini).
A couple of breeders have been able to produce BEE's or Eclipse Enigmas. In the BEE's, one dominant trait (Enigma) and one recessive (Eclipse) trait are in play. The result is an Enigma with solid black eyes. Mack Snow Enigmas have been produced with solid black eyes, but the eclipse trait is not in play.
The color expression of the Enigmas is interesting nonetheless. The eyes of the Bell Albinos tend to be red while the Tremper Albinos have orange colored eyes. Just like the other albinos, the body of the Enigma Albinos do not express black pigments.
The Bell Enigmas were the original Albino Enigmas. As mentioned above, they do not express black pigments and their eyes are red.
Bell E.m.fasciolatus Cross
The Tremper Enigmas were the second type of Albino Enigmas to be produced. Like the Bells, they do not express black pigments either. They also have orange eyes rather than red.
This is a Tremper Albino Giant Enigma (Cadolini).
This is a Tremper Albino Mack Snow Enigma (Baronak).
On June 24th, 2008, Alberto Cadolini hatched the first Rainwater Albino Enigma. It can be seen below.
This is the world's first Rainwater Albino Enigma (Cadolini).
Super Snow Enigma
Super Snow Albino Enigma
A Super Nova currently is considered the Holy Grail of combination morphs. It is a cross between a Super Snow, RAPTOR, and an Enigma. Currently, the closest company to producing a Super Nova is A&M Geckos who have recently produced a Nova and a Dreamsickle.
This is an Enigma x Red Stripe cross from A&M Geckos (Cadolini).
Since the Enigmas were first created there has always been talk of genetic or neurological issues with them. Some of the symptoms described by Enigma owners include spinning in circles, extreme light sensitivity, tendency to be easily stressed, and lack of eating.
Currently there is a study going on at Texas A&M University. It consists of an Enigma group that shows symptoms, an Enigma group that does not show symptoms, and a group of Normal Leopard Geckos. The purpose of the study is to find any correlations or causes of the issues above.
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