A Rare Gem, Abronia Graminea in Canada

A Rare Gem, Abronia Graminea in Canada


Abronia Graminea are the first species of lizards I have ever worked with that are awake during the day! As far as we are aware (lots of research went into this) we are the first to be breeding healthy, quality Abronia Graminea in Canada with a goal to have Abronia Graminea for sale in Canada! They produce 7-14 babies each breeding season which occurs once a year which adds value to this species as they’re far from easy to breed.

These endangered animals will soon rely on captive breeding projects to reduce losses in their species. Their population is declining due to deforestation and habitat loss in their one native environment, Veracruz Mexico. Strictly insectivorous, this species hunts during the day when their not hiding in a bromeliad or basking in Mexico’s sun.


Graminea’s intelligence never fails to amaze me. This species will not only watch you while you’re in the other room, but when you approach them they will actually engage in eye contact…However they often dash to hide shortly afterward. But when you have a Graminea that tolerates handling and isn’t overly fearful of a human, it is a major reward to be able to handle this species…without being bit. These gorgeous divas can have quite the defensive attitude when startled. They will give you warning however, an open mouth is sure to be a red flag. Graminea have been referred to as ‘tree scorpions’ by locales. Sadly in their natural habitat, locales will kill this stunning lizards on site as they believe they are poisonous (there’s only two species of poisonous lizards, and their nothing like the Graminea).

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Once you slowly work with this species and acclimate them to regular human contact, they can calm down to the point where handling no longer becomes a regular marathon chase in their enclosure. Such a rewarding species to work with!


  1. Hi there, how goes the breeding project with these guys? I hope we can educate the public in their local habitat to not kill these endangered beauties.
    I am working on a zoology degree then returning to bc to start a reptile rehab/ sanctuary and would be interested in a few breeding and re releasing projects.
    Please keep me updated on the arboreal alligator lizards and I’d love to see about getting a breeding pair in the future 🙂

    1. Yes it’s devastating how dramatically the numbers have dropped due to deforestation and people killing them for their skin. That just makes captive breeding projects even more important. If you’re looking to breed and release into their natural habitat I would get in touch with Jason Wagner as he does this in the states and has quite a bit of success with it, maybe he would be able to share some ideas and tips!

  2. Hi! I have sent an email, but I am really really interested in these guys. I’ve been doing some research and reading and would LOVE to add one to my collection (or even two!) – If you are breeding these guys, is there any way to put a hold/deposit on one? I am in Alberta so I would also need it shipped if possible… Let me know! Thank you!

    1. Hi Lauren, thanks for writing in! We do have two pairs this season but I can’t promise if they will actually breed (they have their own agenda) for that reason I am not taking any deposits, but If they do produce young, I do have a waiting list for some babies so I can add your name to it for sure!

  3. Hello. I am VERY interested in obtaining a pair, or even a 1.2 of these magnificent animals. Please put me on the list when babies are available. Thanks.

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