Citrus Tiger information and pictures
(Courtesy of Draggintails, Inc.)
Our citrus tigers are homozygous which means that they are dominant genetically. A Draggintails citrus tiger bred to any other animal will give you a citrus tiger. For example, these tigers listed have a hypo father... this result is the same with any pairing: snow,hypo, red, orange, etc. We have proven this gene for quite a few years now with 100% of resulting progeny tiger. We do have some animals that pop up in clutches here often with blue side bars but they are not genetic tigers, just animals of other color lines that happen to sprout some blue bars... they are just dragons with blue bars or "visual tigers" and usually they do not reproduce this trait. If tigers are the intended result of a breeding, one genetic tiger parent must be used to achieve this. To be listed as a tiger here, one parent will be a genetic tiger and the word "tiger" will be in the advertisement heading. If an animal is exhibiting blue bars but is not listed as a tiger..then that animal just happened to have pretty blue bars but is not to be mistaken for a tiger. Our tigers are born a sooty charcoal black grey with black zebra markings. Tigers are not exciting looking as babies. The metamorphysis is dramatic with this bloodline. 1st peel they turn an algae green and very slowly to a limeish green with some yellow..at this point the black bars begin to turn purple, usually 4-6mo we see a dragon that is a golden color with some purpling bars, 6mo -1yr they are a true neon yellow with bright purple blue bars. Tigers can show extreme expression of the gene like Shamrok above or they can show minimal expression with very faint traces of blue. Both the exreme and miminal expression animals will breed out with progeny looking the same... an extreme expression animal does not mean all progeny will be extreme.
An adult (Shamy) citrus tiger.
A sub-adult (Shampoo, 2007 baby by Shamy) citrus tiger.
Tigers stay very dark for about 6 weeks and even up to 3-4 months old.
This is a common first shed for a tiger and each shed after the first is darker. A lot of melanin comes off with each peel.
Tigers do not look special as babies-- it takes them a long time to color, but they all make an amazing transformation.
After they start peeling out of the black phase they enter the emerald green phase and then head towards the lime green phase... this one is in his 4th peel and has left the emerald green phase and is now looking lime green... it will take him a few more peels to aproach the yellow pigment stage.
Shampressive is a 4-month, minimal expression citrus tiger (Shamy X Antonio).
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