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What is the most expensive lizard in the world?


CREATED: May 13, 2010

Do you have a lizard as a pet? If not, you’ve probably at least known someone who does. Chameleons, bearded dragons, and iguanas are some of the most popular species of lizards that people enjoy keeping as a scaly companion. Some people even like to have geckos and let them roam free, so that they can climb the walls and perform insect control in homes that have an issue with that. These types of lizards usually cost anywhere from $50 - $100. But, for the world’s most expensive lizard, you’ll have to fork over a little more than that.

The world’s most expensive lizard is a leucistic Nile monitor lizard that was offered by the reptile shop, the Reptile Haven, at the end of 2003. The Nile monitor lizard comes, appropriately, from Africa and leucism is a rare condition that is caused by a complete absence of pigmentation. Unlike albinism, which only affects melanin, leucism affects pigmentation in the entire skin. However, also unlike albinism, a person or animal affected with leucism will still keep the pigmentation in their eyes.

The rarity of this condition alone is enough to make the lizard pretty pricey. In fact, the price of the most expensive lizard is $1,000,000. Although, there’s no word yet on whether or not the Reptile Haven ever sold the most expensive lizard in the world.


Leucistic Nile Monitor


The world's most expensive lizard ever

The most expensive lizard ever