Questions that gets asked a lot is:
is the Leopard gecko price range?
How much does a Leopard gecko cost?
The question one
should actually ask is, what will
a Leopard gecko cost me? This answer to this very important question
is twofold. First, yes, what does a Leopard gecko actually
cost i.e. what will it cost me to buy a new Leopard gecko
(or to determine what babies are
actually worth for selling), but more importantly, what are the
maintenance costs of keeping a pet or baby Leopard gecko.
So many people think that there is only a
once-off expense when purchasing a Leopard gecko. While the
initial costs can actually set you back quite a bit, the
ongoing costs must also be considered. I will try to explain
all the important aspects involved in the total costs of keeping a pet
The initial cost of a new
Leopard gecko (i.e. Leopard gecko price)
The initial cost of
The ongoing cost of
The ongoing cost of a
1 ) Because Leopard
gecko are established pets and bred in large
numbers, their prices are
relative low in comparison with other lizards and even snakes.
I reckon a good price for a normal baby (six
weeks) Gecko is ZAR 500, or about U$D60 in 2009. There will
be a slight variation in the Leopard gecko price range
depending on your local availability. Commercially
available pet Leopard geckos
become more expensive with age, while some colour and pattern variations
will also cost more.
2) The initial costs
of a properly set up Leopard gecko vivarium can also set
you back quite a bit. It is actually normal to pay three to
four times more for the caging and all of its accessories
than for the dragon itself! A proper sized, good quality
cage or enclosure will last the lifetime of the dragon
itself. Additional accessories such as
suitable substrate will also
contribute to the initial costs.
3) Food, mainly live
insects, is probably going to be the most expensive part of
keeping a pet Leopard gecko. Apart from the need of having a
constant reliable supply of live crickets, one must also
consider the price of these insects on a regular, weekly to
monthly basis. Although it is cheaper in the States and
probably other parts of the world, a weeks supply of
crickets in South Africa can easily set you back about ZAR
4) Electrical hardware that need regular
inspection and replacement includes the wiring, the heat
bulbs and the vivarium substrate. The ongoing costs of
electricity use also needs to be considered in this
Always remember only to buy healthy animals from reputable pet
shops and breeders. Make sure to buy Leopard geckos that are captive
bred in your own country and that it is not illegally imported
or caught from the wild.