I was looking through a bunch of websites, trying to find exactly where I
might've read the size difference info, and then remembered that it was told
to me by both the breeder I bought these from and the vet I took my loe's to
get checked out at...
The reason my I was talking to my breeder about it was because I was buying
a 'raised together almost *** couple' and an albino female from a batch of
hatchlings that were younger and a bit smaller than the aforementioned
couple. I had also talked in length about potential babies with the vet
when I had taken my leos in, and he actually seemed to know about them quite
well, having tended to a 30g leo tank in one of the clinic's rooms. He had
said that in large operations, it is necessary to sort the babies every so
often by size (as well as ones with evil temperament). I'm sure I could've
read elsewhere on the net about this, but these above two sources was where
I first got the info... if I run into the article again, I'll let you know.
I've read in many places that juveniles tend to be very skittish, and have
experienced that myself at least with the albino female... she was the
smallest of them three, and for the longest time she had a thin tale
compared to the other two... from what I understand now, leo's gain in
length first and then put on girth, and now she's definitely gaining... her
tail used to be about half as thick as the others, but now its at least 3/4,
if not getting to the same size... oh yeah, as a sidebar, I've heard that
babies actually squeak when they're scared and run away from you as fast as
they can, even more so skittish than the juvies...
also on a tangent, my friends think I'm delusional, but I swear I can tell
the difference between the 'couple'... they're both double het for
patternless and albino, and they have very similar coloration and
just-weird-enough-to-be-qualified-as-weird spottings, but whenever I look,
the male just looks like a male, and the female like a female... (ach, I'm
not trying to be sexist or anything, so don't get me wrong) where my
friends jsut see two very same looking geckos until you lift them up and see
the bulges (or lack of them), I can immediately pick out male or female.
maybe someday I'll look for pics online to see if I can tell they're male or
female, and see how I do on that...