I'm really not sure at all. Incubation can effect the shell in ways such as splitting scutes, but I am unsure as to how it might have an effect on shell pattern.Very unique. If you decide to let him go, or perhaps he gets some look alike siblings, let us know, my daughter has took a interest to the leopards and has earned herself the privilege of getting herself one, so we would for sure snatch him up. Lol. Do you think the way the eggs was handled has anything to do with how he turned out?