The price of a Leopard gecko is one of the first financial decisions a new keeper needs to make. Prices will vary significantly from country to country and even town to town. The financial value of a Leopard gecko is determined by a couple of factors. This article will discuss a couple of them.
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Apart from the simplest of financial determining factors, i.e. the supply and demand chain, there are other factors determining the price of a Leopard gecko that is up for sale. These include, but is not limited to the country/area it is sold from, its size, colour and pattern morph, its quality, and the age it is sold at.
Because Leopard geckos are established pets and are bred in large numbers, their prices are relatively low in comparison with other lizards and even snakes. Generally, their prices are on the decline.
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When looking at one’s own country or area, the price of a new Leopard gecko will be relative to the cost of your own living standards. Prices will vary because of the possible need for permits, environmental temperatures, the commercial availability of accessories, etc. All these factors affect the price of keeping and sustaining the parents of the offspring to be sold.
Size, colour and pattern morphs
When it comes to special genes one would often fork out (significantly) more money. While some morphs are still possibly ‘undiscovered’, certain colour and pattern morphs are already available from some Leopard gecko breeders. The parents of special morphs were often expensive to obtain (and sustain) in the first place. What adds even more to their financial value is their rarity, the fact that it can take multiple generations to sustain and that controlled breeding should take place.
While some breeders will go the ‘extra mile’ to ensure healthy, well-raised Leopard geckos, some Leopard geckos will not be lucky enough to enjoy the same compassion. To raise a strong, healthy Leopard gecko baby takes time, space, effort, knowledge and money. That is why these babies will be sold at higher prices.
Although not all stock might be imported illegally, or from the wild, imported Leopard geckos will often be sold for much cheaper prices. When a conscious decision has been made to support the trade of imported stock, one must consider the high incidence of diseases.
Older Leopard geckos have enjoyed the luxury of being looked after for a longer period of time – increasing their financial value. Juvenile Leopard geckos, as suppose to baby Leopard geckos, are often stronger and of higher quality, which makes them more suitable to be sold. One must be careful when it comes to adult Leopard geckos though. Old females that have reached the end of their breeding life might also be sold from time to time, and although more expensive, expectations must be carefully considered.
It is recommended to only buy healthy animals from reputable pet shops and breeders and to make sure to buy animals that are captive bred in your own country that it is not illegally imported or caught from the wild.