Abrona( Arboreal Mexican Alligator Lizard) are one of the most captivating up and coming species in the reptile industry. Here we talk about them.
Abronia are species of lizard native to the highland cloud forests of Veracruz and Puebla in Mexico. They are most noted for their large scale plates and dragon like appearance. They live at least 15 years in captivity and reach lenghts of 12 inches long nose to end tail. Their Prehensile tail is Half of their overall length. Females are a little shorter in length, have a narrower head than males, and have slightly broader body shape than males.
Their care is simple but they are not recommended for the novice keeper as not all are handle-able and they do have specific care requirements. They live at least 15 years in captivity. Can be kept in pairs with keeping an eye for conflicting personalities.
Adults Enclosures should be Arboreal(taller than wide) and around 10 gallons or greater. juvies in 2.5-5 gallons. Screen Enclosures are the standard with films or plastic used to maintain some of the humidity. Humidity Requirements are High and should be kept between 40 and 80% RH. Temps Should be kept modestly at 58-75*F. The enclosure should not exceed 85*F.
This Species requires an excellent beneficial light source. Bulbs and fixtures with Good UVB are mandatory. Without proper lighting they cannot process carotenoids and other vitamins. They will lose their color and healthy resilience. We Recommend Ardacia UVB 6% T% HO Bulbs and matching fixtures.
-SUBSTRATE AND DECOR-
The bottom of the enclosure should be lined with moss or medium chips. We Prefer New Zealand Sphagnum Moss Or Coco Chips 2in deep.
Since Abronia are arboreal Tree dwellers we need to provide vertical climbing surfaces like cork tube or drain pipe.
Live plants should be utilized. Bromilliads, tilansidias, vines, and live moss are recommended. Water dishes are not required with bromiliads and daily misting.
A varried diet is key for this species. They will eat almost any insect offered to them. Food should be about 1/2 to 3/4 the size of their head. Dubia roach, Red runner, Hisser, horn worn, meal worm, isopods, beetles, crickets, etc. Feed 3-5 insects every other day. Vary insects as often as possible and dust with carotenoids and bee pollen weekly. Juveniles eat twice daily fruit flys, pinhead crickets, isopods, and any other micro insects.
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