These are geckos that are too nice/valuable to be sold through our distributors, and they've proven to be big sellers for reptile specialty shops, reptile show vendors, and even other established breeders who buy them to supplement their own inventory...they usually keep their favorites, obviously. :-)
The pet chain distributors usually buy the common morphs faster than we can supply them, so they're not always available here - but if we have any, they'll also be listed on this page for your convenience.
Why are these geckos so cheap? They can't be that nice, or there must be a catch, right?
Not really. We produce a TON of really nice crested geckos. Far too many to photograph. This is the product of 15 years of intense selective breeding, and never selling off our earlier generation breeders. In fact, with this many geckos at hatchling size/age, it's impossible for me to "cherry pick" all the best ones to keep for myself - this means that, even if I wanted to, there's literally no way for me to avoid sending out the occasional $500+ specimen in a high-end wholesale shipment.
The only real catch with these is that you have to buy geckos in quantity, you have to buy them without seeing photos, you have to take what I send, and perhaps most importantly, these aren't dry goods that sit on a shelf until sold. You have to put in some work to care for them, and you have to put in the work to sell them.
How long should I wait to sell them? Any pointers?
If you're interested in flipping reptiles as fast as possible, these probably aren't for you. We recommend buying higher-end geckos at least 90 days before you plan on selling them. The longer you keep them, the more time color will have to develop, and everything from dorsal and head structure to pattern traits will also become more obvious/exaggerated as the gecko matures. Long story short, the longer you raise them before selling, the more valuable they will usually be. Raising them individually (think small critter keepers, etc.) will speed up growth, as all geckos will be allowed to eat when they want - no competition for food or bullying at the food bowl. Most regular/professional reptile show vendors will just build up an inventory, and replenish their inventory with a new shipment of geckos after each show. Sometimes the nicest geckos will be more likely to sell online, where you have an incredibly large, diverse audience. At a reptile show, a spread of 100-200 of these geckos (in cups obviously) will draw a huge crowd around your table/booth...the bigger the selection, the better.
How much do you recommend selling these for?
Generally speaking, if sold at shows, or individually photographed to be sold online, these should easily bring $100-200 each on average, depending on size/morph, and that's pricing them low enough that you can move quite a few. There are always the occasional standouts that will bring $250-500+ as sexable juveniles or subadults. While I do look at every single gecko we produce several times before they go out the door, I still can't keep them all long enough to know exactly what they're going to look like as adults. This means you'll get some incredible geckos that I would have normally kept, had it not been for space/time constraints.
*** Wholesale Quantities of Hatchlings NOT Recommended For Beginners ***
This is an ethical disclaimer - We strongly urge beginner and novice level keepers to resist the temptation to buy a boatload of hatchlings and start their own gecko business. Out of an ethical responsibility to our geckos, I must insist that only experienced breeders and reptile resellers purchase hatchling crested geckos in wholesale numbers. If we find out you're new to geckos, we may be forced to cancel/refund your order. Hatchlings require more humidity and lower temperatures than adults - and handling should be kept to a minimum (your hand is a higher temperature than a hatchling should be exposed to).
Seasonal Pricing & Availability
Due to seasonal peaks and lulls in production, and the occasional spike in demand, pricing and availability are subject to change at any time.
Wholesale Shipment Scheduling
*** VERY IMPORTANT ***
These gecko packages are a screaming hot deal, but there are also a few issues inherent to safely shipping large numbers of hatchlings. Because these are hatchlings, we're unable to use heat packs, and therefore we have to be a little more selective about the weather when shipping them. The use of cold packs can also be extremely tricky if it's cold on one end of the shipment, but warm on the other.
With the numbers we're dealing with on these, we also have to keep in mind that there's a limit to the number of geckos we can pack and ship in one day. This means when we catch a break in the weather after a long cold or heat spell, there may be a brief delay in getting a wholesale order shipped out as we catch up with retail shipments. Most times of year we have geckos available to ship immediately, and plenty of room on the schedule, but there are times when we are at the mercy of mother nature and our existing shipping schedule. If you need to receive these geckos by a specific date, feel free to double check with John or Anthony before placing your order.
The photo at the top of this page is our nursery rack system, as it stood in 2013, when it held roughly 1,100 hatchlings in individual cages. In 2016 we moved into a new 3,000 sq/ft facility, where the current hatchling capacity is roughly 3 times that.