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How Much Are Geckos at Petco? Pictures, Species & Cost Guide


If you’re looking for a pet gecko, a pet store like Petco is the most accessible option for many people. It’s also a relatively low-cost choice. Geckos usually cost between $29 and $99 at Petco, depending on the species and location. You should also expect to spend about $100–$200 in setup costs and $10–$20 in monthly feeding and care costs.

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Gecko Cost By Species

The biggest factor that affects the price of your gecko is the species that you buy. Petco stocks several different types of geckos, each with a different price point. Here are some of the geckos available at Petco:

Leopard Gecko

Leopard gecko
Image By: Reinhold-Leitner, Shutterstock

Leopard geckos are the most common type of pet gecko and for good reason. These geckos are hardy and adaptable, making them great beginner pets. They have beautiful spotted skin and are often happy to be handled. They’re also the cheapest option at Petco, costing about $29–$39, depending on the location.

Tokay Gecko

tokay gecko
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Tokay geckos are larger, more aggressive geckos that are best suited to an experienced owner. They love to climb and hide and need their own space. However, these geckos have beautiful coloring that makes them prized by gecko lovers. They generally cost about $39–$49.

Crested Gecko

Close up Crested gecko
Image By: Krisda Ponchaipulltawee, Shutterstock

Crested geckos have a ring of ridges on their heads that make them stand out, including “eyelash” ridges. They are relatively easy to care for and breed, but they are less common than other gecko species. They spend most of their lives in trees, so they need lots of climbing space. They cost between $64 and $79 at Petco.

Chinese Cave Gecko

Hainan leopard gecko (Goniurosaurus hainanensis)
Hainan leopard gecko (Goniurosaurus hainanensis) (Image Credit: Melvin TOULLEC, Wikimedia Commons CC SA 4.0 International)

Chinese cave geckos have a striking appearance, with black skin, yellow stripes, and dark red eyes. They prefer a moist, cool, dark environment to live in, and can’t tolerate hot temperatures well. These beautiful geckos cost between $79 and $99 at Petco.

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Gecko Setup Cost

When you buy a pet, the cost of the animal is only a small part of the true cost. Every pet owner knows that food, equipment, and housing make up a much bigger part of the cost. If you buy a gecko at Petco, you can also buy everything you need to set up a gecko tank or enclosure as well.

The exact enclosure specifications depend on the species, but most geckos need basics such as a tank, substrate or bedding, hides or climbing area, etc. Altogether, you should expect to spend about $100–$200 on gecko habitat supplies.

Here’s a quick price list of what a basic gecko setup might cost you:

20-Gallon Tank $55
Lid $25
Light $15
Dishes $5
Hide $10
Substrate $10
Thermometer $15
Décor $10–$20

Care and Feeding Cost

Aside from initial setup costs, the biggest cost to taking care of your gecko is its food. The amount of food your gecko will eat depends on the species. Leopard geckos and many other gecko species eat a mixed diet of crickets, mealworms, and other insects. You should expect to spend $10–30 a month on food for your gecko.

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Last Thoughts

Whether you’re getting your first leopard gecko or you’re an experienced owner with a half-dozen terrariums with different species, you’ll need to consider all the costs when buying a new pet. Petco has a variety of geckos and gecko supplies available for sale to support pet owners of all different levels.



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