View Full Version : Police crack down on tokay smugglers...

Riverside Reptiles
07-29-2012, 11:28 AM
Nice to see law enforcement around the world taking the issues with Tokay smuggling seriously:

Manipur police close in on million-rupee reptile racket - The Times of India (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/flora-fauna/Manipur-police-close-in-on-million-rupee-reptile-racket/articleshow/15247147.cms)

07-29-2012, 01:47 PM
That is some good news! Very pretty Tokay they chose for the article too!

07-29-2012, 04:29 PM
Pretty sad when the geckos are smarter than the people.

MC gecko
07-29-2012, 07:48 PM
Good news for the world of tokay ! And thanks for sharing !

Mathieu Bigras

07-30-2012, 09:17 PM
Interesting article. Has the value of Tokays really gone up though, as mentioned in the article?

I am not plugged into the that side of the market, but in the past, they have been super inexpensive...

07-30-2012, 09:38 PM
I haven't really looked about the whole medicine market deal for them but saw a couple things where people were injecting tokays with stuff to make them heavier and bulkier. Apparently when the gecko up for sale is HUGE it brings more money.

Riverside Reptiles
07-30-2012, 10:25 PM
The money is in Asia where they consume them as "medicine". The bigger the gecko, the bigger the price tag. Here in the US, wild caught animals are still cheap, sickly, and plentiful

07-31-2012, 12:58 AM
The above article noted that smuggling a 200 gram Tokay into Malaysia could net $35,900.00.

And people always ask me why the imported morphs are so expensive. Frankly I'm still surprised we can get any at all, at any price.