List of Most Expensive Reptiles in the World that are difficult to afford (Updated)

Reptiles are the animals from the class Reptilia that originated during the Carboniferous period. Many rich peoples globally pet various expensive reptiles as a hobby or love for them. Therefore, in this post, we have listed some most expensive reptiles that are difficult to afford either due to high-priced or availability.

We have not included the other charges after affording a reptile, which are initial setup and supplies, breeder, health care, food, medications and vet visits, pet insurance, and environment maintenance. 

After purchasing an animal, we have to take care of them, and it requires too much additional cost (sometimes greater than the initial cost). Hence, here we have decided to exclude them from our list. So, without any further delay, let’s discuss.

Note- We are not breeders; these prices are based on online sales shown on Google. Prices may differ depending on region to region. Here, we have taken the reference of BlackWaterReptiles and UndergroundReptiles. Also, this post is only for educational purposes. 


  • Shingleback skink- $2000+
  • Crocodile Monitor- $1,999-$2999
  • Chinese crocodile lizard- $3000+
  • Centralian Blue Tongue Skinks- $1,500- $5,000
  • Black Dragon Water Monitor- $1,799-$3,500
  • Perentie Monitor Lizard- Up to $10,000 (outside Australia)
  • Super Bell’s Phase Lace Monitor- $7500-$12,500
  • Earless Monitor Lizard- up to $25,000
  • Tokay Gecko- $33,000- $100,000+

To know the complete list of most expensive lizards, visit here.

Tortoises & Turtles-

  • Burmese Star Tortoise- $999 – $9,899
  • Albino Fly River Pig Nose Turtle- up to $25000
  • Aldabra Giant tortoise- $1,050– $25,000
  • Galápagos tortoise- $6,000- $30,000 
  • Angonoka tortoise- up to $33,150 in some parts of the world


  • Baby Amazon Basin Emerald Tree Boa- $999 – $4000
  • Boelen’s python- $3,500- $10,000
  • Leucistic Western Hognose Snake- Up to $8,500
  • Rare Python Species- $1,000-$50,000

(Lavender Albino Ball Python, Stranger Ball Python, Reticulated Python, Sunset Ball Python, Monsoon Ball Python, Paradox Ball Python, Scaleless Ball Python, Black-headed Python, Angolan Python)

  • High Blue Green Tree Python- up to $1.8 million (exceptional)

To know the complete list of most expensive snakes, visit here.

There are many expensive species of reptiles out there in the world. Here, we have taken only a few of them. We will keep updating this list.

Top 10 Most Expensive Reptiles in the World

15) Black Dragon Water Monitor

Price- $1,799 – $3,500

These black dragons got their jet black coloration due to a genetic mutation in Asian water monitors.

After the Komodo dragon, they are the largest lizards in the world that can attain an average length of up to 1.5–2 m (4 ft 11 in–6 ft 7 in). You can get this intelligent and alluring reptile for $1,799–$3,500.

14) Centralian Blue Tongue Skinks

Price- $1,500 – $5,000

Centralian blue-tongued skinks are some of the largest skinks in the world. Their characteristic feature is their bright blue tongue.

It can grow up to 60 cm and weigh up to 1 kg. Their easy maintenance and docile nature make them good pets. If you are planning for one, then you have to spend $1500–$500.

13) Leucistic Western Hognose Snake

Price- Up to $8,500

A leucistic morph has a striking white body and dark eyes. Unlike albino hognose snakes, they’ll exhibit no pattern at all.

These leucistic morphs are quite expensive due to their rarity, and their prices can reach up to eight thousand five hundred dollars.

12) Burmese Star Tortoise

Price- $999 – $9,899

As its name indicates, the Burmese star tortoise has star patterns radiating from its carapace.

Females tend to be larger than males, with 14 inches of carapace length. The prices of critically endangered animals can range from $999 to $9899.

11) Boelen’s python

Price- $3,500- $10,000

This stunning, non-venomous snake is endemic to the mountains of New Guinea. Also known as black pythons due to their jet black coloration with iridescent scales and yellow crossbands all over the body, they can grow up to 14 feet long.

They are quite expensive, selling for up to $3,500–$10,000, and very hard to find.

10) Perentie Monitor Lizard

Price- Up to $10,000 (outside Australia)

Perentie Monitor Lizard is one of the largest monitor lizards native to Australia. They can grow up to 2.5 meters long and weigh over 44 lb.

Perentie Monitor Lizard can be easily found in Australia at low prices; however, it is difficult to export. Because of that, in other regions, the prices for Perentie Monitor Lizard can go up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

9) Amazon Basin Emerald Tree Boa

Amazon Basin Emerald Tree Boa
Image Source | amazonboa.mystagingwebsite

Price- $999 – $4,000

Amazon Basin Emerald Tree Boa is a beautiful non-venomous tree boa found in the rainforest of South America. It can grow up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) and are difficult to find.

Emerald Tree Boa is one of the most expensive reptiles in the world, with the range from $999 to $4,000 depending on the size, gender, breed, location, availability, etc. 

8) Super Bell’s Phase Lace Monitor

Super Bell's Phase Lace Monitor Lizard
Super Bell’s Phase Lace Monitor Lizard | Credits: New England Reptile (Youtube)

Price- $7500-$12,500

Super Bell’s Phase Lace Monitor is one of the most expensive reptiles of the monitor lizard family native to eastern Australia. It can grow up to 2 meters in length and weigh over 14 kilograms (30.8 lb).

It has a beautiful cream-colored pattern all over the body. Super Bell’s Phase Lace Monitor can be sold for up to twelve to thirteen thousand dollars depending on the breed, size, and location. But sometimes, the price slowly goes down as their numbers go up. You can watch the video to understand better. 

7) Aldabra Giant tortoise

Aldabra Giant tortoise
Aldabra Giant tortoise

Price- $1,050– $25,000

Aldabra Giant tortoise is one of the largest and most expensive tortoises in the world. IUCN categorizes it under the vulnerable species that are endemic to the islands of the Aldabra Atoll in Seychelles. Its average size is around 1.2 meters in length and weighs up to 250 kilograms (550 lb).

Adult tortoises are very difficult to transport; therefore, they can be priced at over twenty-five thousand dollars. Also, the baby Aldabra tortoises can be available for less price, around a thousand dollars. 

6) Earless Monitor Lizard

Earless Monitor Lizard
Earless Monitor Lizard | Image Source: Chien C. Lee (Wikipedia)

Price- up to $25,000

Earless Monitor Lizard is one of the rarest and most expensive lizards in the world. It is the only living species of the genuine monitor lizard that can be found only on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo. This lizard has six longitudinal rows of brown strongly-keeled scales all over the body.

It is illegal to collect Earless Monitor Lizard species from the wild. Therefore, their prices can be reached up to twenty-five thousand dollars.

5) Galápagos tortoise

Galápagos tortoise
Galápagos tortoise

Price- $6,000- $30,000

Galápagos tortoise is the largest living species of tortoise that can weigh around 417 kilograms (919 lb) and can live over a hundred years. And this is the main reason why an adult Galápagos tortoise is priced up to thirty thousand dollars. In addition, these species are very costly to pet.

4) Angonoka tortoise

Price- up to $33,150

Angonoka Tortoise is the world’s most expensive tortoise under the critically endangered species. It can only be found in Madagascar. There are only 400 Angonoka tortoises left in this world.

On May 7, 2017, a Malaysian Tourist was caught at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport for illegally transporting three Angonoka tortoises worth $33,150 each.

3) Tokay Gecko

Tokay Gecko
Tokay Gecko

Price- $150- $100,000+ (depending on breed)

Tokay Gecko is the true gecko and the world’s most expensive lizard. It can be found throughout Southeast Asia, living on trees and cliffs. It can grow on average 30 cm long and have a beautiful body.

According to New Indian Express, Tokay Gecko is very useful for making traditional Chinese medicine known as “Ge Jie.” Due to this, it can be priced at more than a hundred thousand dollars depending on size, breed, and age. 

Note: A common Tokay Gecko, as shown in the image above, can be priced somewhere around $150-$250, but some exceptional breeds have no range. 

2) Rare Python Species

Reticulated Python
Reticulated Python

Price- $1,000-$50,000

Many rare python species are critically endangered and the most expensive globally. Depending on their size, maturity, breed, location, and other factors, their prices can be ranged from a thousand dollars to fifty thousand dollars or more. Some of these python species are:

  • Lavender Albino Ball Python
  • Stranger Ball Python
  • Reticulated Python
  • Sunset Ball Python
  • Monsoon Ball Python
  • Paradox Ball Python
  • Scaleless Ball Python
  • Black-headed Python
  • Angolan Python

1) High Blue Green Tree Python

High Blue Green Tree Python
High Blue Green Tree Python | Credits: JurgeEpalooza/Tapaktalk

Price- up to $1.8 million (exceptional)

High Blue Green Tree Python is the most expensive reptile in the world. It is from the species of Green Tree python that is native to New Guinea, Indonesia, and Australia.

High Blue Green Tree Python has a rare color of solid blue and green shades all over the body with brilliant silver eyes. The exceptional, eye-catching color with rarity led to the price of $1.8 million for this snake.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1) What are the rarest reptiles in the world?

The Abingdon Island giant tortoise, Geochelone elephantopus abingdoni, is the rarest reptile in the world.

Q2) What reptile sells the most?

Bearded dragons, ball pythons, leopard geckos, corn snakes, and crested geckos are some of the reptiles that sell the most.

Q3) Who is the most expensive snake?

The green tree python is the most expensive snake.

Q4) What is the price of an expensive lizard?

Tokay gecko is the price of an expensive lizard.

Q5) What is the cutest reptile?

Geckos are the cutest reptiles in the world.

Q6) What is a super rare animal?

Pangolin is the rarest animal.

Q7) What is the coolest reptile to have?

The minute leaf chameleon is the coolest reptile found on earth.

Q8) What is the most mysterious reptile?

Tuatara is the most mysterious reptile in the world.

Q9) What’s the coolest reptile to own?

The bearded dragon is the coolest reptile to own.

Q10) Who is the king of snakes?

According to Hindu mythology, Vasuki is the king of snakes.

Q11) Who is the real king of snakes?

King Cobra is known as the real king of snakes.


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