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Posted by gila7150 on August 22, 2002 at 18:22:53:
In Reply to: Expensive Gilas posted by David was HERE on August 22, 2002 at 17:26:36:
:I've been something of a lurker here for the past few weeks,and have am very interested in these remarkable creatures. After some casual research, I've noticed that Gila prices seem to be quite high compared with many other species. The average price for a c.b. hatchling seems to be in the neighborhood of 1250-1500 dollars. Does this seem figure seem accurate? If so, what factors account for the rather steep prices gilas command. Are there not many breeders, or many specimens available for sale? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
That price range sounds about right. Spectacular specimens of Heloderma s.cinctum may go for up to $2000. Gilas seem to hold their price because there are relatively few people successfully breeding them and the demand is high. Due to their protected status no wild caught animals are available and it is difficult to obtain "sexed" CB babies in order to develop a breeding colony. More people seem to be having success in recent years thanks to the hard work and information shared by some of the top breeders.
I recently purchased my first gila (a beautiful juvenile cinctum) from Dr. Seward and it was worth every penny and more! I have been collecting gila books and reading everything I can on them for the last few years. I have also been fortunate enough to work with two experienced venomous keepers and their collections (which include gilas and beadeds) in order to prepare myself.
Most gila keepers will tell you that the cost of their gila was a small price to pay for the priviledge of working with these magnificent animals :)