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 gecko 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 for 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.
“HOLY SHITE – THAT THING ABOVE YOUR HEAD MOVED!”
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…
WTF WAS THAT???????
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.