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How To Start A Red Crested Gecko Breeding Program (Strategies & Tips)

We love red crested geckos. So much so that we’ve dedicated most of our breeding plans to producing only red crested geckos. 

Crested geckos come in a variety of colors and patterns and through line breeding you can enhance these colors and patterns. 

It is very common for reptile breeders to focus on improving a particular trait within a reptile species. Our focus is on producing the reddest crested geckos possible. 

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Cherry Bomb - Red Phantom Bicolor Female Crested Gecko

The easiest way to do this is for us to breed the reddest crested geckos to the reddest crested geckos. But first you have to acquire red crested geckos. 

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Buy Top Quality Ready To Breed (RTB) Red Crested Geckos

Top quality adult red crested geckos cost a lot of money. A top male red breeder can cost anywhere from $750 - $1,500 depending on color, pattern and most importantly, lineage (what their parents and grandparents looked like). And a top breeder quality red female can sell for $1,500 - $2,500, of course, you can find ‘B’ quality red females for $750 - $1,250. 

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Secret Sauce - Red Extreme Harlequin Crested Gecko Female

The other problem is finding top quality red breeders for sale, everyone is looking for one, so when they become available they usually sell quickly. 

This leaves you with two other options. 

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Buy Reddish Crested Geckos With Good Lineage (Red Parents) 

The first option is to buy kind of reddish breeders for less and hope that these  'kind of red breeders' produce you real red baby cresties. This route can be effective and a lot less expensive, if you can find kind of reddish breeders who have a good red lineage. 

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From Top To Bottom: Ruby - Red Lilly White, Secret Sauce - Red Extreme Harlequin, Cherry Bomb - Red Phantom Bicolor  

This means that the sire/dam (parents) of your breeders are/were good solid red crested geckos. Presently our top red crested gecko is Cherry Bomb and her sire/father is Kamikaze. 

He is a real interesting breeder because he has a nice white wall and a full cream dorsal stripe but his color is better described as brick red with orange highlights. I guess you could call him ‘reddish’. 

kamikaze father of cherry bomb line

Kamikaze - Father of the Cherry Bomb Line - Red Extreme Harlequin White Wall Crested Gecko

But his parents are both solid red harlequins and his red harlequin grandmother, Baharat, can be found in the lineage of many of the top red breeders across the US. 

red and cream pinstripe harlequin breeder female crested gecko

Baharat Granddam to Kamikaze. Photo credit to Gecko Haven.

red and cream harlequin pinstripe crested gecko with red in the dorsal and white spots along the upper flanks absolute stunning breeder male from gecko haven

Larceny Sire to Kamikaze. Photo credit to Gecko Haven.

red and cream colored crested gecko with a pinstripe and harlequin pattern good looking breeder female

Margaux Dam to Kamikaze. Photo credit to Gecko Haven.

What is cool about Kamikaze is that he produces quality red crested geckos no matter who we breed him too. But, we got lucky, at first glance, he probably isn’t a crested gecko you’d imagine building a red program around. 


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Kamikaze Offspring

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Kamikaze x Pink

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Kamikaze x Elektra

Kamikaze x Peaches

Kamikaze x Pink

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Kamikaze x Elektra

Kamikaze x Peaches

Elektra x Kamikaze female 1

Kamikaze x Elektra

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Kamikaze x Pink

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Buy Baby Crested Geckos Before They Have Turned Red

The difficult thing about breeding for red crested geckos is that many of your best reds don’t turn red until they are close to adult size. This can mean that you have to hold onto your babies until they are 12 - 18 months to see how red they will actually be. 

For some reason the red doesn’t usually start developing and showing until 15 - 20 grams. Up and until that point they will usually just look like a light colored brown which is also what most brown crested geckos look like at that age.

So how do you pick out a baby crested gecko that is probably going to be red when it grows up? 

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Devil Spawn at 10 grams - Future Red Extreme Harlequin Crested Gecko (see below)

Research, a lot of research into their lineage and the offspring of the crested geckos. We make this easy at Tenny’s Crested Geckos because we have an entire page dedicated to each of our breeders that includes their lineage and pictures of their offspring. 

Usually, this isn’t available and breeders are reticent (reluctant) to put together this information for you. So you have to dig around on their websites, instagram posts and Facebook posts to find pictures of parents and offspring. 

Sometimes, the lineage takes you to other breeders websites, instagrams and Facebook pages. It can be exhausting to research the lineage of the baby you wish to buy. 

This is why breeders who track lineage and provide pictures of lineage usually charge more for those babies. First, because they are able to show a possible projection of what that baby will look like in 12 months. Second, it saves you a ton of time having to do all the detective work to figure out the lineage of the baby. 

If you are looking to get red crested geckos, I would suggest you only buy babies that have a proven lineage of producing red crested geckos. 

Devil Spawn

Devil Spawn at 40 grams - Red Extreme Harlequin Crested Gecko

I would not purchase a young crested gecko without its parents and grandparents having a solid red track record. If the seller doesn't know the lineage of the baby gecko, I would recommend that you keep looking based on many experiences of being disappointed. 

We have built up one of the top red crested gecko breeding programs in the country in only a few years by properly projecting brownish baby crested geckos who would ultimately turn red as adults. 

Devil Spawn Progression

Devil Spawn Progression - The difference between 10 grams and 40 grams

The strategy is pretty straight forward, we are constantly looking for crested geckos with a nice pattern and lineage with a strong history of red. We purchase multiples of these babies each year for much less than an adult breeder and grow them up. 

The ones that turn red we keep and the others that don’t we sell to people who like nicely patterned brown or dark crested geckos. 

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Buy Powerhouse Top Quality Red Male Crested Geckos 

We usually try and only purchase female baby crested geckos that are projected to be good quality reds when they mature. 

This is because most reptile breeders search far and wide looking for the best looking males to breed to their females. It makes sense, a mature male crested gecko can breed multiple females throughout the year. While a female can only breed to one male a season and produce a limited number of eggs. 

By investing the most money into a top quality red male crested gecko you are giving your program a much better chance of having successful red babies one day. If you are looking for an investment quality red male, check out our Cherry Bomb Line of male red crested geckos on our for sale page.

Rogue - Our Powerhouse Red Lilly White Stud Male Breeder

The most popular and most expensive red crested geckos are the red extreme harlequins and the super reduced patterned red lilly whites. For that reason we invested a ton of money, $2,400, in Rogue, our extremely reduced red lilly white male. 

We bought Rogue when he was only 9 grams as he already had the look of an A+ breeder. In a lot of cases you won’t be sure until they get a bit bigger but the price will also go up as they mature and are closer to bein the STAR in a red breeding program. 

If your intended red breeder male isn’t the best looking or a close second to the best looking red crested gecko in your collection, you need to start looking for a new male. 

All of TCG’s red crested gecko breeder males are either incredibly red or have lineage and offspring to secure their spot in our program. 

Make sure you invest into a top quality red male that you can be proud of and everyone else can be envious of. 

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Summary

So if you want to get into the red game look for crested geckos that have a proven red lineage regardless of their age. 

Breed the best reds to the best reds and grow them all up to almost adult size to see how their red will develop. 

Contact us via email, Facebook messenger, or Instagram DMs if you’d like to discuss putting together a red program with some of our available Cherry Bomb Line crested geckos. 

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How To Convince Your Partner To Let You Start A Reptile Business At Home

I have been breeding reptiles off and on for the past 15 years and have found it extremely rewarding and even financially profitable

Like many of you, the problem I faced was a loving, supportive wife who would regularly ask, 'How many reptiles do you have now?'

She knows that I love reptiles and didn't want to take away the experience; she didn't want them to take over the house.

This led me to sneak in an extra crested gecko here and there and give a really vague answer to that question I knew was coming… 'How many reptiles do you have now?'

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It gave me some anxiety. I didn't want to mislead or lie to my wife. When she tried to pin down a number, and I answered about 15, I knew the number was about 17 or 19 reptiles off the actual number of 32-34! 

I know to some degree, many of you face this same dilemma with your partner, spouse, parents, roommates, or possibly a Landlord. 

Apply Legal Strategies

I spent 15 years practicing law, and even though I'm a recovering attorney, taking it one day at a time, some of the legal strategies we commonly apply in the courtroom can be used here. 

Prepare For All Objections

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The number one strategy you must first implore is to remove or address as many of your partner's objections to you starting a reptile business in the house. 

The Smell

The first and most common complaint is the smell from reptiles, dirty tubs, substrates, feeders, and everything else living in your tanks. 

Look, this is a legitimate complaint. You can do everything right, and sometimes your reptiles will smell for whatever reason. 

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This can't happen. You have to commit to keeping the reptile's cages pristine clean, and smell-free, regardless of if you just changed the cage 10 minutes ago. 

We had a beautiful Albino T- blood python that would poop and pee like once a month, and when he did, it would fill his cage.

We kept them in these 6-foot vision cages, and it was very time-consuming to get one clean.

One time I guess he only had done half his business because not 10 minutes after I'd thoroughly cleaned his cage, he released the other half… that was a tough two hours, but these are the types of commitments that will allow you to start a reptile business from home. 

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Today, we mainly focus on geckos and have found that there are virtually no smells coming from the spare bedroom by cleaning their cages every ten days. 

You will need to figure out a regular cleaning schedule and stick to it.

If you can't, you probably shouldn't be increasing the number of reptiles and investing more money into your hobby. 

Standard Sample Weekly Reptile Cleaning Schedule

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If you want to have a reptile business, you have to do all the things that a business would do, which means that sometimes your job sucks, and one of the suckiest parts about a reptile business is the cleaning and washing of stuff.

It never ends. If you feed them, they reward you by growing and pooping everywhere. If you don't feed them, they die. There's just no way around it; 2/3rds of your time will be spent feeding and cleaning, at least in the beginning. 

Embrace it, so the roadblock that is holding up your dreams will support you completely. Let's face it; they have a lot of legitimate reasons to be against you starting a reptile business if you can't keep what you have clean and tidy—just saying. 


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Children

There may be other good reasons for the roadblock to object to you taking over the spare room. Maybe you have discussed having a child and giving them that room. I'd argue that the reptiles are a trial run to see if you can handle the responsibility of a child.

MOther - in - Law

Or maybe your mother-in-law likes to show up a week every month and use the spare room? Chances are your partner is regretting this situation, too, and may jump at the excellent opportunity for you to start a business, and sorry, Mom, we need that spare room. It would be best if you were prepared for every eventuality and possible complaint. 

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You can even get hints of those objections by saying things like, 'This spare room just sits here empty. Do you have any ideas on how we could use it to make us some money?' 

They may know what you are hinting at and immediately start the objections. Take note, don't argue, file all of them away and start strategizing how to defeat each objection they may have. 

Use Jedi Mind Trick

The second strategy you will want to use when attempting to convince someone to agree to something that they usually wouldn't agree to is to convince them that they are winning, or at the least, there is something in it for them.

If you think this kind of sounds like a Jedi mind trick or possibly something involving bribery, you are correct! 

Imagine walking in the front door carrying a couple of Reptile Express and Reptiles2You boxes, and you see your loved one start to say something about 'more reptiles'... 

And you say, 'These aren't the reptiles you are looking for,' while you clumsily waive your hand out in front of you. 

Then you calmly exit stage right, and they never mention it again. 

That, my friends, is my life!!!! 

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Here's how I did it.

  • Clean, Tidy, and Smell Free Reptile Room
  • Convince them they are Winning or openly Bribe them

Many of you should be able to sit your roadblock down and explain how you can add additional money to the household by breeding reptiles on the side with some well-thought-out mathematics. 

In 2021, it was estimated that the reptile industry collectively accounted for 2 billion dollars in revenue in the United States alone. 

So, yes, that doesn't include South Korea, the country that buys up all of the best reptiles. 

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Reptiles Can Be Very Profitable

If you run your reptile business like a business, there is no reason why you shouldn't be profitable within two to three years if you start from year zero with nothing. 

But, most of you have a whole menagerie of reptiles and may only need a small investment to ramp up your hobby to a business. If that is the case, you could be profitable this year.

I only caution that you don't Enron the numbers (cook the books, inflate the numbers, possibly mislead the roadblock) because the roadblock is only going to trust you if you give them reason too. 

Let's face it, telling someone that isn't in the reptile hobby that you could make 10's of thousands of dollars next year if you can take over the spare bedroom sounds a lot like [insert your favorite word here] (BS, bull shit, kaka, poop, lies, untrue, you may be unbalanced, or any other synonym). 

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Now, I'll be honest. I don't care if you drop down a 25-page business plan. They probably aren't going to believe much of it and aren't going to be generous and say, 'Show me, prove it.'

They are just going to thank you for your efforts and they may politely say, 'Fuck No!'

When this happens, all is not lost… this is what happened to me. My wife didn't care how much money the reptiles brought in. 

My wife and I are both business professionals with graduate degrees. We live a comfortable life. 

What Does Your Roadblock Desperately Want?

So she didn't care if we made a couple of extra racks a year... until she was told how that money would benefit her

Every person has a weakness for something, maybe its travel, clothes, the day spa, vintage somethings, whatever.

My point is that you need to know what your roadblock loves but, for whatever reason, can't afford or choose not to spend their money on it. 

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That, my friends, is your golden goose. Figure out what that is, and then offer a percentage of your profits to be used to purchase that luxury for the roadblock.

Results

In my case, my wife has a soft spot for luxury handbags. Do you know those outrageous purses that cost thousands of dollars? Yep, she is also a very practical person, and while she could afford to buy more than she already has, she does not because they are super expensive and completely impractical. 

But, so is having hundreds of reptiles in your spare bedroom… right? I think you see where we're going with this. My wife now tells her friends she breeds geckos to pay for her luxury handbags.

She even screenshots the best-looking ones and shows her friends pictures of them, most of which she could even tell you their name. 

Truth be told, her involvement in the care or breeding of the geckos is minimal, and that is probably being generous. But her excitement when we have beautiful new babies and, more importantly, sell them is real. 

I have even gotten her engaged in discussing why we NEED to reinvest all of the money into newer and better reptiles (less her handbag cut). Talk about smoke and mirrors! 

In Conclusion

My wife supports our reptile business and even supports us buying more and more expensive geckos. Yes, there is a cost, but that is to be expected when you take over the spare bedroom. 

When my wife asks, 'How many reptiles do you have now?' She isn't asking because she is upset with the additions. She is doing the math on how many luxury handbags they could potentially bring her in the coming years. 

And that is how I convinced my wife to let us start a reptile business in the spare bedroom of our house.

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Crested Gecko Investment Guide: Market Trends & Analysis [3rd Qtr of 2021]

SUMMARY: The crested gecko market has grown over three times its size in the past two decades. Current market trends have identified the crested gecko as the reptile industry leader in market size growth. With a robust average sales price of $353 in the third quarter of 2021, minimal caging requirements, large quantities of offspring, and market trends , an investment into crested geckos is likely to have a big return.

We have scraped the internet looking for crested gecko sales for July, August, and September of 2021. Below is the results of a 100 hours of work and statistical analysis of the data. With this data we have been able to estimate what it costs to buy or sell your favorite crested gecko morph in the 3rd quarter of 2021. This data can be used to help you decide on where to invest your reptile dollars or what to charge 

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for a crested gecko for sale. We take a deep dive into present and upcoming trends for many specific morphs or traits. What I found most surprising was the difference in sales prices for selling unsexed crested geckos as compared to sexed males or females. Holding an unsexed crested gecko a few extra months until you can determine its sex could result on average in a 29% increase in the sales price

Sales Prices of Crested Gecko Morphs (July, August, September -2021)

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Average Trait/Morph Crested Gecko Sales Price (3rd quarter / 2021)

  1. 1
    Het Axanthic Unsexed $1,469
  2. 2
    Lilly White $1,402
  3. 3
    Super Dalmatian $515
  4. 4
    Extreme Harlequin $501
  5. 5
     Tricolor $449
  6. 6
    Red $416
  7. 7
    Harlequin $359
  8. 8
    Pinstripe $347
  9. 9
    Dalmatian $261


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Market Share Percentage of each Morph Trait Sold 3rd Qtr 2021

Encouraging Financial Report Released About Crested Geckos

Jose W. Valdez just released in 2021 a great study using Google Trends keywords to identify reptiles that are tending up and those trending down. They looked at peoples search patterns on Google to determine which reptiles were being searched the most. By far, the crested gecko is the fastest trending reptile since 2004. The speculation in that the discovery of genetic mutations like the Lilly White and the Axanthic genes are what catapulted the already loveable Crestie to investable reptile status. 

Popularity Increasing

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Chart C from Valdez, J.W. Using Google Trends to Determine Current, Past, and Future Trends in the Reptile Pet Trade. Animals 2021, 11, 676. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11030676

Looking towards the future of the trade, survey participants believed that blue tongued skinks, tegus, uromastyx lizards, crested geckos, and ball pythons will increase in popularity within the next five to ten years.’ Mr. Valdez went on to say, ‘...compared to the other increasingly popular reptiles, by far the most popular of these was the crested gecko (Correlophus ciliatus), which has increased in popularity three-fold in the last two decades and was by far the most popular of this group, besides the ball python.’

Estimated Reptile & Exotics Industry Revenues (2018 - 2021)

2018 - 1.37 billion

2019 - 1.47 billion

2020 - 1.55 billion

2021* - 1.66 billion

*Estimated From An Estimate

Estimated Annual Revenue

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Estimated Crested Gecko Annual Revenue (2018-2021)

2018 - 32.3 million

2019 - 34.7 million

2020 -  37.1 million

*2021 - 39.2 million

*Estimated From An Estimate From An Estimate

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Extrapolation and Methology Used To Estimate Prices

We collected data from top reptile classifieds, forums, social media groups & posts, and directly from crested gecko breeders for sale pages on their websites in July, August and September. We took these data points and extrapolated the below estimates for the prices of crested geckos sold in the 3rd quarter of 2021. While these numbers are self-reported, there was thousands of data points available for comparison. 

3rd Qtr Crested Gecko Pricing

3rd qtr 2021 average crested gecko sale price

Average Unsexed Crested Gecko Prices

  1. 1
    Het Axantic - $1,469
  2. 2
    Lilly White - $906
  3. 3
    Extreme Harlequin- $344
  4. 4
    Super Dalmatian - $288
  5. 5
    Tricolor - $259
  6. 6
    Red - $253
  7. 7
    Pinstripe - $228
  8. 8
    Harlequin - $211
  9. 9
    Dalmatian - $153

Average Male Crested Gecko Costs

  1. 1
    Lilly White - $1,709
  2. 2
    Super Dalmatian - $631
  3. 3
    Extreme Harlequin - $528
  4. 4
    Tricolor - $511
  5. 5
    Red - $471
  6. 6
    Harlequin - $364
  7. 7
    Pinstripe - $347
  8. 8
    Dalmatian - $290
  9. 9
    Het Axanthic TBD

Average Female Crested Gecko Pricing

  1. 1
    Lilly White - $1,591
  2. 2
    Extreme Harlequin - $633
  3. 3
    Super Dalmatian - $628
  4. 4
    Tricolor - $577
  5. 5
    Red - $524
  6. 6
    Harlequin - $501
  7. 7
    Pinstripe - $467
  8. 8
    Dalmatian - $342
  9. 9
    Het Axanthic TBD

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Harlequin Crested Gecko Prices - 3rd Quarter - 2021 

The sale of harlequin crested geckos represented 36.12% of all crested geckos sold in the third quarter of 2021. Collectively they had an average sales price of $359 and a price range as low as $50 and as much as $1,150.

percentages of harlequins by price

Harlequins

The harlequin crested gecko is a staple of breeders around the world. This price list includes all crested geckos sold as 'harlequins'. To make sure the prices were accurate we excluded any cresties that included in their description extreme harlequin, lilly white, axanthic, or het axanthic. Keep in mind that these harlequin crested geckos may also express a pinstripe or color morph, like a tricolor or red. Those traits would also increase the price and explain the highest priced Harlequins on this list. 

Price of Unsexed Harlequin Crested Geckos (3rd Quarter - 2021)

Unsexed harlequin Sales Price

% Sold at Sales price

Under $99

40%

$100 - $249

37.5%

$250 - $499

12.5%

$500 - $749

7.5%

$750 - $999

2.5%

$1000 - $1499

0.0%

The Important Numbers

  1. 1
    Unsexed harlequins average sales price was $211.
  2. 2
    The median price for unsexed harlequins fell in the $100 - $249 range.
  3. 3
    42.5% of all harlequins sold were sold as unsexed. 
  4. 4
    The top 2.5% of all unsexed harlequins purchased were between $750 - $999. 

ANALYSIS: I think it is real important to notice that 77.5% of unsexed harlequin crested geckos sell for under $249. The average price of $211 is propped up by the bigger sales prices. The average sales price of those 77.5% of unsexed harlequins was only $123. Everyone is trying to produce extreme harlequins but if you miss, the return is not much. 


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Price of Male Harlequin Crested Geckos (3rd Quarter - 2021)

male harlequin Sales Price

% Sold at Sales price

Under $99

12.5%

$100 - $249

35%

$250 - $499

30%

$500 - $749

10%

$750 - $999

10%

$1000 - $1499

2.5%

The Important Numbers

  1. 1
    Male harlequins Average Sales Price was $364.
  2. 2
    The median price for male harlequins fell in the $250 - $499 range.
  3. 3
    17.5% of all harlequins sold were sold as males.
  4. 4
    The top 2.5% of all male harlequins purchased was between $1000 - $1499.

ANALYSIS: Waiting for an unsexed harlequin to mature into a male could increase the average value an additional $153. To get the big dollars with a harlequin male he will also need to have additional traits be it color or pattern. 

Price of Female Harlequin Crested Geckos (3rd Quarter - 2021)

female harlequin Sales Price

% Sold at Sales price

Under $99

5%

$100 - $249

25%

$250 - $499

30%

$500 - $749

15%

$750 - $999

17.5%

$1000 - $1499

7.5%

The Important Numbers

  1. 1
    Female harlequins average sales price was $501.
  2. 2
    The median price for female harlequins fell in the $250 - $499 range.
  3. 3
    40% of all harlequins sold were sold as females.
  4. 4
    The top 2.5% of all female harlequins purchased was between $1000 - $1499.

ANALYSIS: It is no surprise that female harlequins cost a lot more than male or unsexed harlequins. Based on the cost of female harlequins, you can could purchase 3 unsexed harlequins for less then one female adult harlequin. It would make more statistical sense to invest in three or four unsexed harlequins and hope that you get two females. Even if you only got 1 out of 3, you would still financially probably be up or even on the investment. 

Extreme Harlequin Crested Gecko Prices - 3rd Quarter - 2021 

The sale of extreme harlequin crested geckos represented 6.45% of all crested geckos sold in the third quarter of 2021. Collectively they had an average sales price of $501 and a price range as low as $80 and as much as $1,350.

percentage of extreme harlequins by price

Extreme Harlequins

The extreme harlequin crested gecko is rapidly becoming a favorite of hobbyists and breeders alike. The ability to add colors to a high expression crested gecko has skyrocketed the prices for the ones with 'the look'. This price list includes all crested geckos sold as 'extreme harlequins'. To make sure the prices were accurate we excluded any

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cresties that included in their description lilly white, axanthic, or het axanthic. Keep in mind that these extreme harlequin crested geckos may also express a pinstripe or color morph, like a tricolor or red. Those traits would also increase the price and explain the highest priced extreme harlequins on this list. 

Price of Unsexed Extreme Harlequin Crested Geckos (3rd Quarter - 2021)

Unsexed extreme harlequin Sales Price

% Sold at Sales price

Under $99

7.5%

$100 - $249

32.5%

$250 - $499

42.5%

$500 - $749

12.5%

$750 - $999

5.0%

$1000 - $1499

0.0%

The Important Numbers

  1. 1
    Unsexed extreme harlequins average sales price was $354.
  2. 2
    The median price for unsexed extreme harlequins fell in the $250 - $499 range.
  3. 3
    37.5% of all extreme harlequins sold were sold as unsexed. 
  4. 4
    The top 2.5% of all unsexed extreme harlequins purchased was between $750 - $999. 

ANALYSIS: I find it crazy the difference in price between harlequins and extreme harlequins. I guess when you call a crested gecko an extreme harlequin there should be much doubt but I regularly see crested geckos listed as 'harlequins' where I have some doubt if they are even harlequins. This is one morph where selling them unsexed doesn't kill your return, 60% of small unsexed extreme harlequins sold for $250 or more. The extreme harlequin trait is reproducible and it obviously pays to invest in this pattern morph.   

Price of Male Extreme Harlequin Crested Geckos (3rd Quarter - 2021)

Male extreme harlequin Sales Price

% Sold at Sales price

Under $99

5.0%

$100 - $249

22.5%

$250 - $499

32.5%

$500 - $749

17.5%

$750 - $999

7.5%

$1000 - $1499

15.0%

The Important Numbers

  1. 1
    Male extreme harlequins average sales price was $528.
  2. 2
    The median price for male extreme harlequins fell in the $250 - $499 range.
  3. 3
    27.5% of all extreme harlequins sold were sold as males. 
  4. 4
    The top 2.5% of all male extreme harlequins purchased was between $1000 - $1499. 

ANALYSIS: I always tell people that if you are going to invest in a crested gecko, start with a top male. I think that is what we are seeing here, the market clearly desires more extreme harlequins then are being produced. If you find a really nice extreme harlequin male, especially if it has some color trait (red, tricolor, tangerines, pinks, black, etc) snatch him up before someone else does. This morph is probably the best seller of all of them. 

Price of Female Extreme Harlequin Crested Geckos (3rd Quarter - 2021)

feMale extreme harlequin Sales Price

% Sold at Sales price

Under $99

2.5%

$100 - $249

17.5%

$250 - $499

15.0%

$500 - $749

25.0%

$750 - $999

27.5%

$1000 - $1499

12.5%

The Important Numbers

  1. 1
    Female extreme harlequins average sales price was $633.
  2. 2
    The median price for female extreme harlequins fell in the $500 - $749 range.
  3. 3
    35.0% of all extreme harlequins sold were sold as females. 
  4. 4
    The top 2.5% of all female extreme harlequins purchased was between $1000 - $1499. 

ANALYSIS: Here's something to think about... 55.7% of extreme harlequin females sold for over $500 in the 3rd quarter of 2021. So the next time you see a baby female crestie with that creeping pattern, you might want to snatch her up. 

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Pinstripe Crested Gecko Prices - 3rd Quarter - 2021 

The sale of pinstripe crested geckos represented 9.03% of all crested geckos sold in the third quarter of 2021. Collectively they had an average sales price of $347 and a price range as low as $70 and as much as $1,200.

percentage of pinstripes sold by price

Pinstripes

Who doesn't love a perfect pinstripe with every scale 'OCD'ly' following the next outlining the back of your crestie. Full pinstripes are striking and many people breed specifically for pinstripes. Although, after seeing the price of pins in the 3rd quarter as compared to other morphs, you may think again. Only Dalmatians and Harlequins are a worse investment than pinstripes according to the numbers.  This price list includes all crested geckos sold as 'pinstripes'. To make sure the prices were accurate we excluded any cresties that included in their description lilly white, axanthic, or het axanthic. Keep in mind that these pinstripe crested geckos may also express a pattern morph, like harlequin or color morph, like a tricolor or red. Those traits would also increase the price and explain the highest priced pinstripes on this list. 

Crested Gecko Investment Guide Market Trends & Analysis [3rd Qtr of 2021]

Price of Unsexed Pinstripe Crested Geckos (3rd Quarter - 2021)

Unsexed Pinstripe Sales Price