Crested Gecko Pricing

Crested geckos vary in price for a number of reasons. Generally, reptiles (and other exotic pets) are priced depending on their rarity and scarcity in the marketplace. Many reptiles are very challenging to keep. Some animals may take a long time to mature, may be difficult to breed, or have few offspring. Most New Caledonian Giant Geckos (formerly all grouped as Rhacodactylus species) are typically easy to care for. Crested Geckos are especially easy to breed in captivity, thrive with low-cost housing and food, and they are very prolific. This makes them the most affordable of all the related species.

Crested Gecko Eggs & Hatchling

Crested geckos are prolific breeders and so become affordable pets

The more popular a pet becomes, the more people will attempt to breed it, whether to enhance the hobby experience or to simply make money. Cresties are no exception. With an animal that has a high degree of variability to the look of the offspring, there will be a focus on what can be called “designer” or “high-end” quality. Something special that can be reproduced in future generations. Check out our morph and color guide for descriptions on colors and patterns. Most of the specialty morphs for sale have been modified through selective breeding. Because this takes time to develop, animals of this nature will be priced more highly than a “plain” or common-looking animal. In crested geckos, this usually means a drab color without a lot of pattern. Buckskins are usually priced lower than red harlequins. However, neither make better pets and if you are looking for a pet-quality crested gecko, the price range may be around $35-$60, depending on availability in your area.

Buckskin Crested Gecko

This typical buckskin makes a great pet, but doesn't carry a huge price tag

Speaking of availability, supply and demand also comes into play in the cost of a crested gecko. Some areas don’t have a lot of breeders or pet stores that carry them, so even a plain gecko could be close to $100. Having a breeder ship to you from another location may be an option! In this way you may get more gecko for your money, depending on overnight shipping costs. Some areas are conversely very saturated with crested geckos, and even “designer” quality juveniles can be bought for under $100. Many breeders want to prevent crested geckos from becoming a “disposable” pet, similar to hamsters, gerbils and the proverbial goldfish (which, contrary to popular belief is actually a very long-lived animal). Rarely do they go for under $20 unless you are buying several, at wholesale cost, or the seller gives personal discounts.

The term “high end” can be over used because it’s not defining any set of traits. Anyone can use a label; do your research before buying! Prices can also fluctuate depending on local economy and time of year; summer is typically breeding season and many breeders may reduce prices if they have a lot of available geckos. Some people who’ve bred reptiles for a long time have noted pricing cycles that boom and bust depending on popularity. If you intend to breed crested geckos, you need to be prepared to ride out these cycles or take financial losses as a part of your hobby. Most dedicated breeders will reduce their pairings in order to not be overwhelmed, or only breed if they have a waiting list for potential offspring. It takes years to recoup your investment in breeding stock and supplies. Don’t think that breeding crested geckos will make you rich!

Most reptile breeders are not in it for the money. Their goals are usually simple: get back what you put into them financially, plus a little extra to expand to new projects and even new species. Most crested gecko “morphs” do not breed true because they are a combination of polygenic traits. Established, long term breeders have invested in a set look to their projects, and their own lines generally reproduce well. Buyers within the reptile community are willing to spend more for it. However, beware of made-up morph names (moonglow, blizzard, camo, etc) designed to jack up the price. A breeder may have a famous line of geckos they’ve worked hard on and have a right to name them, but crested gecko prices should be consistent with the quality of the animal, regardless of label. Many so called “moonglow” crested geckos for sale are unfired (resting color) buckskins.

Structure is as highly sought after as color and pattern. Crests are what make these geckos so unique! If a gecko is particularly lacking in the crest department, they’re considered “bald” and are not the best choice for breeding. Again, it has no bearing on their suitability as a pet, and all crested geckos cost the same for quality care and maintenance.

Bald Crested Gecko

Cheetara has a nice color but her crests are barely present, giving her a "bald" appearance

Many breeders also prefer a wider head, varying from a wedge-shape to arrow-head dimensions. Shorter snouts tend to enhance the wedge-head look. “Crowned” crested geckos have a head length less than 1.3 times the width of their head. A crowned gecko can still have short or missing crests, however, it just refers to the proportion.

Wide Head, Good Crests on a Crested Gecko

Wide head and prominent crests equal great structure!

Adult females tend to be priced more highly than males because of the potential to breed them and keep them with other females in a community tank. If you are looking for a single pet, consider a juvenile or a sub-adult male for the best value. Many pet stores have a set price regardless of gender, so you may get lucky and find a nice-looking female for a lower price locally. Reptile shows or expos can also be a good place to bargain shop; prices tend to be lowered on the last day so you may be able to find a nice inexpensive pet at a show.

47 thoughts on “Crested Gecko Pricing

  1. I just recently started breeding my crested geckos that I have had for over 3-4 years and had my first one hatch (only one becuase it was her first clutch and the other was a “dud”). I am currently trying to understand the morphs and pricing that i should be listing them for. I am not trying to make money but i would like the pricing to be fair. I have talked to local pet shops and they seem to be interested in them once they hit 6 weeks old (is that a resonable time before selling?). From what I have looked up a good asking price for an unsexed crested ranges from 60-80 dollars CND. If you could give me any extra information that would be great. Thanks.

    • Hi Ethan! Pricing is always going to vary by region and supply. If you sell to pet shops, expect the price to be lower than you would get from selling privately, as the shop has a lot overhead to cover to turn a profit. 6 weeks old can be fine, as long as the gecko is eating, pooping and doing well. Many shops do not differentiate between morphs, so the price might be the same regardless of patterning, structure, sex, etc. especially if they are young.

      I think 60-80 as a base price sounds reasonable, especially if supplies are low. If this is the price the pet shop is offering you, I think it would be a very good rate. I would recommend supplying them with babies/males that are harder to sell, and keep the higher end animals to sell privately. For example, patternless non-red geckos tend to sell more slowly than extreme harlequins online. Someone just looking for a pet at a local shop may think a patternless is just fine! It’s all about matching up the desires of the pet owner at a price they feel is reasonable. If you can sell for a slightly higher amount (say $100 instead of $80) then by all means do so. If you find nobody is buying, you can reduce prices to match the demand. Understanding your local market can help you set prices. If you sell online throughout Canada then you might find more competition.

      Good luck! :)

  2. so im thinking about buying a male is a tiger morph and the female is a reverse tiger harley morph, for 125$. is this a good deal? and how much would the babies be?

    • It’s not just about morphs, it’s about the overall look of the animals and generally the more colorful and highly patterned, the more they cost. I think $125 is a good deal for a breeding pair if the animals are healthy. The babies could run from $45-75 depending on how much pattern they display. You’ll likely get half tigers and half flames/harlies, in my experience. High quality adults usually produce high quality offspring, bug you can still get babies that are on the lower end. It also depends on the supply and demand of cresties in your area. You might be able two wholesale the babies for $10-20 each at local petstores.

  3. When I was a kid, I won a goldfish at the county fair and had that sucker for over a decade… just thought I’d throw some cred at the 3rd paragraph there. We recently picked up a 1.1 pair of subadult cresties and 6 weeks later they’re doing great, plenty of poops and finger-paint… my question is we have them enclosed with our adult female crestie and they seem to get along so far… should we be concerned about bullying, turfwars, or other socializing problems later once they’re full-grown?

  4. Hey Ethan I am verry interested. I will love to take them off your hands. I will take verry good care. My little sister has been wanting one. I think that they are verry cool. My techure has one and I hold it everyday. I am ready to own one on my own. What is your price range.

  5. Hey Ethan, I am verry interested to take your geckos off your hands. My little sister wants one bad and I do too. I have had experiance. My teachure has one and I love to hold it everyday. They are really cool. I am ready to own one on my own. How much do u want them please contacted me back at Danielsanta98@yahoo.com.

  6. Hello. I have 5 crested geckos. Their names are Maddie, May, Melody, Mocha, and Mufasa. I have been told Maddie is a paternless Mocha, May is a Tiger, Melody is a Harlequin, Mocha is a normal, and Mufasa is a cream. I was wondering if I can send you a picture of each and get your opinion. You seem to know what you are talking about and I can’t always trust what one random person in the forums says. I’d also like to know how much they are worth. I’m not interested in selling them and am not ready for any sort of breeding. I’m just curious. Thanks.

  7. I just bought a baby cream colored crestie about 2 months ago, & I named it Sticky! Lol, I just love him to bits! I’ve owned an iguana for 10 years & also had 2 bearded dragons for quite a while. I know lots about many species, but just learning about crested gecko’s. I do plan on breeding sticky in about 6 months time, but just have a question about breeding.. Since mine is a cream color, if I was to breed it with a tiger or dalmation, what will the babies turn out like? I’m just wondering because I would like the babies not to all turn out plain. Not that I would love them any less, but would just like to learn as much as I can on this subject. Thanks in advance! :)

    • If Sticky is still a baby size now then I’m not sure if s/he will be able to breed in 6 months. Females should be 35 grams and 18-2 years. Males can be somewhat smaller and younger, but a year old should be fine. Do you know what color Sticky “fires up” to? Many cream colored geckos are just fired-down buckskins that fire up to a range of brown or brown-olive. It’s also difficult to tell final color at a young age. So you might want to wait and see, color-wise. If Sticky has no pattern (a patternless or bicolor) you might consider getting a very nice super dalmatian, otherwise you will get a lot of “plain” babies. This doesn’t make them worse pets, but if you really like a lot of pattern or style, most people want harlequins, pinstripes or dalmatians. Generally speaking and in our experience, breeding a patternless to a tiger or flame will result in 50-50 patternless and the others possibly flames or tigers. If you are looking to pass on the color from the patternless, then hopefully you will get more of the color you want if you pair up with another of the same color. So if Sticky retains the cream color into adulthood, you’d pick a cream gecko of the opposite gender.

      Generally, when you breed geckos you have animals you already like the look of to pass down to the offspring. You don’t want to start with the mentality of just throwing a male and a female together just because you have the correct genders. If you like super dalmatians, buy a very nice male super dalmatian and as good of a female as you can afford, paying a lot of attention to structure. Females seem to be harder to come by so you can “get away” with using a less than stellar female in your first pairing. Hopefully you get the look you want in the first generation pairing, and you wait for the best animal of that group to grow up and you find a compatible mate, depending on the traits you are going for, either in structure, pattern, color or (ideally) all three. Always work to improve your breeding stock in each generation. Good luck in your future breeding! :)

    • Price will depend on the overall look of the animal. Morphs don’t breed true so there are no genetic “guarantees” when you sell them. If you have a picture it would help, but a male with good harlequin pattern can go for more than $100 if he has good structure. Fire harley is a little misleading, as a “fire” is synonymous with “flame”, and a harlequin is a flame with enhanced pattern on the limbs and body. If you email us via our contact form we can check out any pictures you might have.

    • Hi Callie! We would need to see a picture to accurately identify gender and morph. If its a sub-adult, we’d need to see a very close up picture of its vent and back legs to look for pores. Males have prominent “dots” on their scales near their vent and thighs.

  8. Hello, my female crestie looks exactly like the one at the top of the page with eggs but with a few dalmation spots will you please tell me what she is? And would I be able to send you a picture if i can of my male and female so you can tell me what morphs they are?

  9. hi my name is bella and i have a red dalmation female and a chocalate harlequin male i was planning on breeding but know having second thoughs should i breed to diffrent colored geckos?and if not is there a way i could trade them in for two spotted dalmations

    • Breeding a red dalmatian and a chocolate harlequin will give you a mix of brown and reddish offspring, with occasional surprises of olive, yellow, or orange depending on the particular genetics of each parent. It really depends on what your goal is for breeding. Always have a goal! You may be able to trade them to someone who is selling dalmatians – you’ll have to check the ads on Pangea or Fauna or the many different gecko classifieds on Facebook. Some people are willing to trade – it doesn’t hurt to ask if they accept trades unless it states that they won’t in their ads.

  10. Hi! I’m 17 and new to crested geckos. I got my first one like a month or two ago and he is such an angel. I’m hoping to find him a cage partner/mate, (but I’m not sure if I should since I’m off to college in like a year lol)..

    But can anyone identify the morph of my boy?? Contact me via email cmaleena@gmail.com

    Thanks <3

    • Congrats on your new gecko! Since you are off to college soon, having a mate for your gecko might not be a good idea as they will end up breeding. You could wind up with a lot of babies that need to be housed and cared for separately. Best to wait until you are done with school because it can take up a lot of time to care for the critters. Your boy will be fine on his own until you make a decision on whether breeding is right for you! :)

    • Hi Gwen! For many basic “no-frills” crested geckos $35-100 is a common range. However, some high end breeder geckos can cost $600 or more. But at a pet shop you likely won’t see them listed for more than $100, usually less.

      You can attribute this article to Amy Andrews of Moon Valley Reptiles. Thank you! :)

  11. I was told that the crested I got is a “red fire dalmation” and I was just wondering if I could send you some pics and see if you can help me figure out what it really is and or its possible value. Thanks!

  12. Hey I have a few question about some of my cresties. First thing, I have a young crested but I’m unsure of the morph. It looks like a regular chocolate harlequin but with the head coloring of a red bicolor? Any ideas? And lastly, I was wondering what would be most likely to produce the most beautiful babies(P.S. I only have one male right now): A creamsicle x High percent pinstripe harlequin(yellow) or low percent pinstripe harlequin(chocolate) x High percent pinstripe harlequin(yellow)?

    • It’s possible that the young crestie will develop more red as he gets older, but sometimes I do notice that dark geckos have lighter colored heads for some unknown reason. Possibly the skin is thinner there or just doesn’t have as much pigment. Could be morph related or could be an independent trait.

      As for breeding, I would try to match color to color and pinstripe to pinstripe for the best combination. Out of your two options, I’d go for the first with creamsicle to yellow partial pinstripe. I generally would not pair up a low percent pinstripe unless the color was very vibrantly orange or yellow. So I personally wouldn’t breed a lower percentage pinstripe chocolate harley because they are not very unique and the babies would be a lot less likely to be pinstripe. You’d end up with mostly brown partial pinstripes – which is fine if you aren’t striving for full pinstripe or unique looking geckos.

  13. my friend is looking for a crested gecko around the same age as mine so they could potentially be friends or mates [she dosent have a gender prefernce] my female gecko is 2 years old. i live on a small island where adult cresties are hard to find. only babies. do you know a place where i could order a gecko for her? for a reasonable price?

    • If you live on an island you may want to go to the nearest mainland and get a crestie there for a good price. Shipping is expensive and depending on where you live there may be restrictions. Good luck!

  14. Hey! I love your website. I enjoy reading up on created geckos quite a bit. I want to get into breeding to start my own project. I love tri colours with full pins but they’re really expensive and hard to come by. My partner and I have two geckos, the male is, I believe, a bi colour flame and the female is a low %pin Halloween harley ( she’s very cute). I’ve been told that a bi colour, no matter what you pair it with will throw mostly bi colour and they’re basically terrible to breed with. Can you give me some insight here?
    I also want to know what your thoughts are on they’re structure. To me they are wonderful, large heads with big crests. But I love hearing what the professionals think ( one day I hope to be among you lol).

    • The thing to keep in mind is that crested geckos aren’t simple to breed for simple recessive morphs or traits like in some other animals, with a set percentage chance to get a desired outcome. It’s all about the amount of patterning they have in their genetic lineage – if it’s not there, it’s not going to spontaneously appear. If your bicolor has come from a long line of patternless, tiger or bicolors, your chance of getting anything more patterned than a flame are small, but not impossible, depending on the genes of the partner you pair with. So if your goal in breeding is for pinstripes and tricolor, your best solution is to obtain animals that display these traits! Otherwise you can pair the ones you have, and hope the offspring show some decent pattern. You then would have to obtain new breeding stock to pair with that generation, so if you are patient this is a good approach and requires less money up front. But it won’t save you money over the long term so I would recommend getting a good tricolor male and try with your bicolor female if you don’t want to buy both a male and a female tricolor.

      If you link me to a picture of your geckos (flickr, photobucket, etc) I can let me know what I think their structure is like. Wide heads with big crests is preferred and some do improve with age.

  15. Hi! I just bought a small cresty today. I’ve been searching the web for his/her possible morph but I just can’t seem to find any like him/her. Ive found multiple Morphs that look like mine but I want to know which he/she belongs to. I was wondering if you could determine his/her morph and age for me if I gave you a picture. (Probably about 4 inches long from snout to tail tip) Thanks!

  16. Hey guys,

    Was wondering if you could help me out on pricing and identifying the morph of a 4 cresties I have. My brother is in the Navy and I was only supposed to take care of his geckos for a few months, it has now been 2 years and he is unsure if/when he will be able to take them back so he gave me the go ahead to sell them. I’d be happy to link pictures or if you can direct me to other resources that would be great. The local mom and pop exotic pet store nearby will buy them from me, I just want to make sure I get a good price.

    Appreciate the help if you can!

  17. Hi, i was wondering if a patterness red female would usually be a higher costing gecko than a harley or flame? Also if a v at the beginning of their tails makes them partial pinstripe?

    • Unless she had some sought-after genetics, a solid red patternless female would not be more expensive than a red harley or flame. Generally price increases as pattern increases. However, patternless seems to becoming more rare so availability might be lower. Red is more sought after by some than a dark-based gecko, so compared to a dark harley or flame the patternless red female might cost more. They should have at least 50% pinstripe markings to be considered a partial pinstripe. Otherwise you could say they have some pin dashing or state they have v-pinstripe markings at the tail.

  18. I’m writing a paper on Crested Geckos for my genetics class. I was hoping to get input on where to find articles about thier chromosomes, traits, and genetic inheritance.

    • Hi Cindy, I don’t think there are any published technical papers about Crested Geckos and their genes, but I have a genetics page that might be helpful to understand basic genetics. There are other reptile species, such as leopard geckos and ball pythons, that are easier to describe on a genetic basis because they have more predictable inheritance. Good luck!

  19. Hello! I am a newbie for crested geckos and am currently trying to remember all of the morphs and colors for myself. I have a flamed dalmation female crested gecko, and a male yellow tiger that I am breeding together. Do you know what morphs may come out of this? I am also planning on selling them, so is there a price you think would match the pottential morphs?

    • While there are no guarantees, you would likely end up with flames, tigers and a few patternless or low-pattern harlequins. Most will have spots. A lot depends on the parents of the breeders and the genes they are passing on. I would estimate the babies would sell for about $35-65 unless they have a lot of spots or pattern. Good luck!

  20. Hi! I love your website, your geckos and your information! I am trying to learn about different morphs and what their prices are worth! I am trying to find out what states I can ship to. Can you name the states that I cannot ship crested geckos to in the U.S? Also, what specific permits do I need to be able to breed and sell my crested geckos? Thanks!!

    • If you are located in the US, you can ship to the contiguous states (the ones that touch each other). It is more difficult to ship to Alaska and Hawaii because of the time and expense it takes to ship overnight to those areas. Each state has different permits for breeding and selling reptiles, so you’d have to do some research in your area. Most areas will require you to pay taxes from your sales if you make over a certain amount.

  21. I would love to know what my two crested geckos are. They look totally different I got them off of this lady for free. She didn’t even know that they were created geckos. It made me mad when she told me she had them for almost two years and never cleaned the tank because she didn’t know how to

    • I am glad you got them out of there!!! I encountered a similar problem with someone with a ball python that ended up with severe scale rot from an unhygienic tank. If anyone ever needs help identifying morphs I would be happy to assist.

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