Gecko enthusiasts may look at hundreds of pictures of geckos a day through gecko sale sites, Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube, gecko forums and Facebook groups. After awhile, they tend to blur together, but sometimes, certain geckos stand out. I felt this way when I saw pictures of some of the leopard geckos the Nicholas Voorhees of California-based NVGeckos has produced.
I contacted Nicholas, and here’s what he had to say about himself:
I got into Geckos because I grew up around animals and I always had a fascination with reptiles in particular. I got my first leopard gecko about 14 years ago and I was in love with them ever since.
I got into breeding many years after keeping leopard geckos as pets. I saw others doing it and decided I might as well try it. I breed leopard geckos, African fat tail geckos and Abronia as of recently. I only breed animals I truly enjoy keeping. If I wouldn’t have the animals outside of breeding I don’t keep them. I also only breed morphs I truly enjoy; I don’t look at the price.
I really like the tangerines and the albino morphs for leopard geckos. I like the variety in the babies so not everything looks the same. I also like combining lines and morphs to see what comes of it.
I always try and breed the best geckos with the best lineage. Lineage matters a lot: a gecko with great lineage can produce offspring better looking than the parents because of the lineage. I plan to expand in the next few years. I am looking at getting a facility and pairing many more animals. I also plan to get into more species.
I have geckos for sale from $200-$2000 and they all stay within that range roughly. Some tips I have for sales are to try and expand your account as much as you can so a wider variety of people see your animals. It’s interesting because the more expensive ones sell more quickly than the cheaper ones from my experience. In my opinion this is because the more expensive animals are higher quality and everyone will need to introduce new high-quality blood lines for genetic outcrossing.
My favorite pairing this year is from my clowns. The babies have all been better than I expected. The green and orange combination is one of my favorites,
I think new breeders should know this is not a get rich quick scheme. You see breeders producing hundreds of geckos and selling them for hundreds of dollars but there many things you don’t see. I personally know many breeders that don’t make money. I would say expect not to make any money for the first few years. The saying I tell people is if you breed animals to make money you won’t make money but if you breed animals because you love animals you will make money.
Without further ado, here are some pictures of Nicholas’s outstanding geckos. You can contact him through his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nvgeckos