Tokay Geckos For Sale in Thailand?

Tokay Gecko on a wall in Thailand
Tokay Geckos under threat!

Ever since I started posting videos and photos about the Tokay Geckos I was catching in Thailand I’ve been blitzed by people – usually in Malaysia – that want to pay outrageous sums of money for these Geckos.

I was told by my Thai friend that these people that buy the Tokays believe that the tongue will cure HIV / AIDS.

Below is a comment I received on one of my Tokay YouTube videos – phone and email changed to make invalid.

Approval required for comment on “Tokay Gecko Squawking in Thailand”
I’m BUYING Tokay gecko in weight:
400gsm above Starting RM4-Million,
500gsm Starting RM15-Million,
600gsm RM25-Million
700gsm RM40-Million
(Amount is negotiable for owner to demand the price)

Please contact me at:
+6641 6878 528
We are DIRECT buyer Associate With:

We DO come over to other country!
And more!


So these guys are affiliated with the WHO huh? The World Health Organization???

If you look up the conversion rate on Ringit Malaysia you’ll find that they are willing (they say) to pay thousands upon thousands of dollars for these Tokay Geckos.

No wonder I’m hearing less of them in Thailand.

There are guys that go out at night in the forest and collect every Tokay they can find – guys that come across the border from Malaysia and plunder the gecko populations of Thailand – to take back to Malaysia.

Apparently the drive to find tokay gecko tongues is unstoppable at the moment! I’ve read a lot of forums where these guys are literally dying to get their hands on these geckos.

Sell one big gecko – have enough to buy a house, car, and retire for a couple years.

Sounds lucrative.

Sounds illegal.

Is it?

Update 1/21/11 – I just got this as a form submission on my site (contact details changed):

Type: ThaiPulse BLOG Contact Form
FName: annie
LName: rodder
email: a%&&#^&
Comment: good day!! i have a little tokay gecko farm here in philippines.. i have a 30 pcs of gecko\’s in my farm that approximately weighing 150 to 250 grms each.. i want to add more gecko\’s in my farm but i\’m lack of fund.. and i have a group of man for hunting a tokay gecko\’s.. there are some foreigner here buying a tokay geckos in a high prices but i want a direct buyer for a higher price.. i can keep hunred geckos in my farm if i have a direct buyer for assurance that my gecko\’s will be sold in a nice price.. thanks and Godbless!!

God bless us, and fuck the geckos – right?

If you have any direct knowledge of what is going on with the gecko madness – do leave a comment and let us all know.

Tokay Geckos Gekko For Sale $300K – Market Exploding

1,000 gram Tokay Geckos are being bought in Malaysia for RM 1 Million. That’s over $300,000 USD. I thought it was a joke when someone emailed me to tell me they’d pay gonzo money for the tokay gekko I caught.

I have a video on Youtube ( HERE )about me catching a foot long Tokay Gecko in my kitchen here in Thailand. I knew nothing about the beasts except they make the coolest noises. I don’t mind the squawks at all – never did. For some people it’s annoying. I don’t get why. Anyway.

When I first moved to Thailand I was talking to the guy I was renting a room off of – outside the house. His back was to the wall and it was night time. We had talked about 20 minutes. I had glanced up above his head about 5 times at the massive beast stuck to the wall just 2 feet above his head. I thought it was a plastic gecko the owner of the house nailed in there.

Then it moved and I jumped back, falling into the bushes behind me.


As calm as anything, Mick turned up to look and said, “Yeah, those things are all over the house – you’ll get used to them. They’re tokay geckos.”

“Huh? Get used to them? Aren’t we going to beat it with a stick?”

Mick said nothing more about the thing. I kept my windows open that night because they had strong screens. It was about 0330 hours when we got back from a night on Soi Bangla in Patong. I was so tired I didn’t shower or remove my clothes – just hit the lights and crashed on the bed.

All the sudden a squawk from the bowels of hell made me freeze in my bed and say in my loudest whisper…


The Tokay on the wall above Mick’s head was now, apparently inches from my window. I woke up about 25 times that night – each time I heard that thing scream. He was massive – biggest I’ve seen to date yet. Easily 1 kilogram (1,000 grams).

I’ve been getting blitzed with offers to buy the Thailand Tokay Gecko I have in my video for absurd amounts of cash. I was sure it was a group of kids that were Fooking around. Then last night I did some searching on tokay geckos on Google and I found out that there seems to be some kind of underground market for big (over 300 gram) tokay geckos. There were offers of RM 100,000 ($30,000 USD) and up. For the biggest, some buyers will pay 1 Million MR (Malaysian Ringgit).

Now, the “why”.

Apparently some idiot told a bunch of people dying with AIDS that the only way to CURE IT was by eating the TONGUE of the Tokay Gecko. Yeah, no joke. The tongue cures AIDS.

Amazing what people will believe, yes?

So, the Tokay is DOOMED in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, every damn place. There are bands of Tokay collectors coming into southern Thailand with the sole purpose of finding tokay geckos to take back into Malaysia to sell to this market of people dying of AIDS.

A couple more of my Tokay Gecko videos:

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