Our Story

How in the World Did We Get into This Business?

As you can imagine, we’re asked that a lot!

It all started a long time ago when our owner Reno Lucarelli and his brother had a friend that owned a pet snake. At that time, it was very hard to find mice and rats to feed their beloved reptile, so they came up with a solution: Raise it themselves. So, the old barn in Mom’s backyard became their rodent farm, and they started breeding feeder animals for snakes and other reptiles. Soon, they moved up to reptiles, and at one point even bred feeder fish. Their animals were distributed to major retailers from coast to coast. In 2012, Reno’s son Nicholas got his first bearded dragon and that’s when everything changed!

The family was at an industry show when Nicholas bought that very first dragon, and the vendor at the table got him started with one tub of Dubia roaches to feed his new pet. Those roaches turned into a new line of business for the family, and in 2013, ABDragons was born!

Fast forward to 2018, and the business was growing so quickly that Reno expanded to an all-new 2,800 square foot facility in Chardon, Ohio—large enough to handle all the needs of our thousands of ABDragons customers. A shop that size needs a bigger staff, so Nicholas and sister Alicia joined the team, making ABDragons a true family business.

Family is what makes ABDragons different, and we consider our customers our family too! We know how much your dragon babies mean to you, and that means something to us. You need the highest-quality roaches, mealworms and superworms to nourish your pet, and that’s exactly what we provide. We aren’t satisfied unless you are, so we spend everyday looking for new ways for ABDragons to deliver the highest quality feeder animals possible for your beloved pet!

ABDragons thanks each of you for giving us the opportunity to serve you and your pets! We truly appreciate your business!

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