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GSGC Rulebook

   Our organization is committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity, professionalism, and animal welfare in all our events and activities. We require all participants, including breeders, judges, and volunteers, to abide by our strict code of conduct and ethics. We expect all geckos to be treated with respect, care, and compassion at all times, and we prohibit any form of cruelty or mistreatment.

 

    We also enforce rigorous hygiene and biosecurity measures to ensure the health and safety of all geckos, and we reserve the right to disqualify any gecko that does not meet our confirmation standards or that shows signs of illness or injury. By participating in our events, all members agree to follow these rules and to uphold the spirit of fair competition, sportsmanship, and camaraderie that is the hallmark of our organization.

Competitors & Entries

Breeders entering the competition must have produced the gecko being submitted into competition.

In other words, you cannot enter a gecko that you have purchased, just those that hatched as a result of your breeding.

All geckos participating in a GSGC event must be physically present on the day of competition.

Eligibility -

All geckos registered with GSGC are eligible to participate in GSGC events, provided they are in good health and meet the species & morph standard for their category. All entries must be pre-registered online or in-person by the designated deadline. Entry fees will be required for each gecko entered, and fees are non-refundable. To register a gecko for a GSGC event, email info@goldstandardgeckoclub.com 

Health & Safety -

All entries must be in good health and free from contagious diseases. Any entry found to be sick or unhealthy will be removed from the competition. All geckos must be brought in appropriate containers and should not be handled by anyone other than the owner or authorized staff. All entries should be inspected by a qualified veterinarian before the competition.

Breeders

Breeders must have produced the gecko they are entering in the competition. Breeders competing shall remain anonymous until the end of the competition. Breeders must provide accurate and complete information about the gecko's genetics, lineage and breeding history. Offspring from a 1st generation line breeding will NOT be allowed to enter the competition. Breeders must follow all applicable laws and regulations related to the breeding, transport and sale of geckos in their country of residence. Breeders must respect the judges decisions and must not attempt to influence or interfere with the judging process in any way. Breeders must maintain a respectful and professional demeanor at all times, and must not engage in any behavior that could be considered disruptive or disrespectful to other participants, judges, guests or event organizers. Failure to follow these rules may be subject to disqualification and may be prohibited from participating in future events. Breeders can enter up to 3 different geckos per event or one gecko in 3 different categories. Each category however cannot have more than 2 geckos from said breeder.

Geckos

Geckos entered in the competition must be at least 18 months old and weigh at least 40 grams with tail and 35 grams with no tail. Only geckos of +45 grams with tail and +40 grams with no tail will receive the full point for body structure by the judges. Gecko entered must not be in shed otherwise it will be deemed unjudgeable. Geckos must be entered into the corresponding category and no more than 3 categories per event. 

Crested Gecko (Correlophus ciliatus)

Disqualifications: 

  • Any Deformities 

  • Major Injuries

  • Major Scarring

  • Neurological issues

  • Signs of MBD (Metabolic Bone Disease)

  • Spectacle Eye

  • Small Nostrils

  • Polydactyl

  • Missing Toes

  • Overbite

  • Underbite

  • Wavy Tail

  • Kinked Tail

  • Severe FTS (Floppy Tail Syndrome)

  • Hybrids of Any Kind

  • Breach of Code of Conduct by Owner

Faults:

  • Overweight

  • Underweight

  • Short Tail

  • Thin Tail

  • Nipped Tail

  • No Tail

  • Missing Tail Pad

  • Minor Scarring

  • Bulging Eyes

  • Slight FTS (Floppy Tail Syndrome)

  • Hip Dip

  • Pinched Neck

  • Flappy Neck Crests

  • Saggy Chin

  • Thin Dorsal

  • Narrow Head

  • Dorsal Too Wide

  • Nose Hump

  • Short Snout

  • Long Snout

  • Missing Eyelashes

  • Missing Scales

  • Missing Crests

  • "Bald" or Crestless 

  • "Ear" Shaped Crests

  • Short Back

Judge's Code of Conduct & Requirements

At every competition, there will be a minimum of 3 judges and a maximum of 5 judges that will evaluate the entries based on the species & morph standard. All entries will be judged based on a 10 point system.

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Reputation

Judges must be in good standing with the community. 

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Integrity

Judges will not accept donations, gifts, payments, trades or any sort of bribes from any contestant or persons representing any entries.

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Responsible Breeding

Judges must have ethical breeding practices.

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Transparency 

Judges must be willing to explain how they awarded the points for a gecko and must remain consistent throughout the competition

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Experience

Judges must have 10+ years of experience breeding gecko species they are judging.

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Unbiased

Judges must remain unbiased and evaluate entries fairly regardless of their preferences.

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