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).
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!