Reptiles can cost a lot of money but crested geckos are usually quite cheap. Until a decade ago the number of crested geckos in captivity was relatively low and prices were high. But crested geckos are easy to breed and have a low startup and recurring cost compared to other reptiles. Today there are a lot of crested geckos in captivity and the prices are quite low.
Crested geckos cost on average between $50 and $100. The price of a crested gecko will depend on the morph, the age, the gender, and the availability in your region. Unique “designer” morphs have prices that start from $500 and can cost up to $5000.
You’ll also need to buy several supplies for your crested gecko such as an enclosure, substrate, plants, and certain accessories. If you’re interested in learning what you need and what the average cost will be of an entire setup you can find everything in our shopping list. You’ll notice that the price of a crested gecko is only a (little) part of the entire cost.
In this article, I will only focus on the price and pricing factors of crested geckos. You’ll learn what determines the price of a crested gecko so you can make an informed decision when buying one.
Crested Gecko Price
As I’ve mentioned above, the average price of a crested gecko lies between $50 and $100. This is the price for a common morph which is perfectly fine for a beginner that doesn’t plan on breeding crested geckos.
Compared to pet rodents this price is high but compared to pets like dogs and cats this price is very reasonable. Crested geckos costs a little bit more than another gecko that is commonly kept as a pet, the leopard gecko, that costs around $30.
Before I get more in-depth into this price you should understand that the price of a crested gecko doesn’t determine how “good” it is. A crested gecko that costs $50 will make an excellent pet just like a crested gecko that costs $5000. The only real difference is the look of the crested gecko (also called the morph).
Crested Gecko Pricing Factors
The price of a crested gecko depends on four main factors:
- the morph
- availability in your region
A crested gecko can also lose its tail and this seems to have only a little influence on the price of a crested gecko.
Crested geckos in the wild have a certain basic color and pattern. Nowadays, crested geckos are available in all kinds of different morphs (color and patterns) like a pinstripe, dalmatian, harlequin. Morphs that were uncommon in the beginning are now widely available for a low price.
Today, breeders are still creating unique and special looking morphs, like the Lilly White, through a process of selective breeding. This requires a lot of time and effort from the breeder which results in a higher price. Although beauty is in the eye of the beholder, a beautiful and unique looking crested gecko will cost a lot more.
The morph of a crested gecko will have the most influence on the price of it. Although it’s not entirely possible to put a percentage on it, I would say that roughly 80 percent of the price is determined by the morph. Breeders often buy crested geckos with a unique morph to start an own breeding line. These breeders are also willing to pay something more.
Availability in your region
Crested geckos are very popular in the United States and are still increasing in popularity. To meet the demand a lot of breeders have found their origin in the United States. You can easily notice this by the fact that there are a lot of online sellers of crested geckos in the United States and that one of the largest selling platforms for crested geckos, MorphMarket, has most sellers in the United States.
In other parts of the world, like Europe, the crested gecko market is still in its infancy although the popularity also seems to be rising in certain countries.
Supply and demand are important to determine the market price. If there are only a few crested geckos in your region but demand is high, the price of a crested gecko will be higher. If there are a lot of crested geckos available in your region and demand is low or equal to the supply, the prices will be lower.
Although the availability in your region will definitely have an influence on the price of a crested gecko it shouldn’t be overestimated as a pricing factor. Crested geckos are easy to breed and in most countries, where there is a certain interest in them, there are enough crested geckos to get prices around $50.
Hatchlings and young juveniles are sold “unsexed”. This means that there’s no certainty on the gender or sex of the crested gecko. Most of you will get a young crested gecko and it probably won’t be certain what the gender is until later.
Unsexed crested geckos usually will be sold for a lower price than females and males. The reason for this has also to do with the age of the crested gecko. Hatchlings and young juveniles usually sell for less than adults.
Female crested geckos usually have a slightly higher price than male crested geckos. The reason for this seems to be fairly simple. Female crested geckos are easier to keep together in a small group contrary to male crested geckos. More importantly, female crested geckos are able to lay eggs so buyers can start their own breeding lines.
A closely related pricing factor is the age of a crested gecko. Hatchlings and young juveniles are usually cheaper than adult crested geckos. As soon as a crested gecko can be sexed the price can be influenced by gender. Older crested geckos also show their true morph.
Tips and Tricks
Although the price of a non-designer morph crested gecko ranges from $50 to $100 there are some tips and tricks you can use to pay the best price for your crested gecko:
- get a male or unsexed crested gecko: if you don’t plan on breeding crested geckos and only plan on keeping one, your best choice is to get a male crested gecko or an unsexed crested gecko. Both are usually priced lower than female crested geckos.
- visit reptile expos: you can sometimes make great deals at reptile expos by negotiating the price. Sellers can also have fluctuating prices, for example, lower prices the last day.
- consider getting a crested gecko from another location: if you can’t find a crested gecko in your region for a reasonable price you can always consider buying one from another region or country where prices are lower.
- get a common crested gecko morph: unique looking crested geckos have a higher price than common morphs. If you aren’t looking for a special kind of morph you can buy a crested gecko with a common morph to lower the price.
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