A rant of sorts

Hey Guys!

Let me begin by telling you all how it works here at The Reptile Zoo and why Jay has done such an amazing job with regard to this business because it will in turn help you to understand this rant. As you reptile lover’s all know, it takes a whole lot more than just love to raise a reptile! It takes care, patience, time, food, electricity, and money to raise and keep up with the appetites of reptiles. We have lots of animals here, that’s why we are “The Reptile Zoo” and not your average pet shop. That being said Prehistoric Pets is our core shop, that is where we sell merchandise, feeders, pets, high end reptiles, cages, heater, lights and bulbs and give people help with their pets as well as taking in the pets people no longer want or want to care for. The Reptile Zoo is a complete and separate entity, it is where we house and display our larger, one of a kind, creatures that you would never be able to see anywhere else. Got it? Prehistoric Pets is the store, The Reptile Zoo is, well, The Reptile Zoo, kids can touch and hold and take pictures with the animals in the zoo, we pull eggs so kids can see and touch a real life snake egg, sometimes Jay even opens the clutches in front of the kids so they can see what a baby snake looks like when it first hatches. To come into the retail portion of our store there is no charge, to come into The Reptile Zoo there is a $5.00 donation for kids above the age of 4. The money from that most assuredly does not go into our pockets, it is used to care for, feed, water, clean, and treat animals.


So the other night a family came into our shop about 10 or so of them, the grandfather asked about the admission, I explained to them how things work, how much and why and he said ok. The family then walked around the retail portion of our shop, checked out the spiders, the scorpions, feed the turtles, watched some cool snakes and tegus get fed and had what seemed to be a fun time in the shop. The Grandfather then approached me a second time and said, it’s my grandson’s birthday, and can I take him into the Reptile Zoo to buy some crickets? I explained to him again how things worked and told him that if he needed crickets we have them right here at the counter and I asked him how many he needed and he very dismissively said never mind. And you know, we are good people here, and we always like for people to be happy so I thought maybe they didn’t have enough money to go back and that made me sad. I went and talked to Jay and he said that it would be ok for me to go and get a big snake and let the kid take some pictures with it for his birthday, again, something that is usually done in the Reptile Zoo, not the store. I took the bateater (of course) out from the back and let the kid hold the snake and let his family take a few pictures, but they did appear to be impressed or grateful at all. The family then bought some food to feed the fish and turtles and had a good time doing that, at least I thought, and then bought more food to feed the fish and turtles and let me add, they were quite rude at this point. I went to the back to put the snake away and when I came back they were all in the zoo… It came to pass that while I was away the family told another employee that they were going to buy a snake and that they needed to come back and look at something and that they would pick up the snake on their way out.


They had no intention of ever buying anything ever, and that’s ok, but don’t teach your kids or grandkids to lie and manipulate to get your way. We all, Jay included work really hard to keep this place afloat, to keep everything fed, to keep everything clean and watered and healthy and happy and believe me it is no easy task, we get bitten, pooped on, peed on, whipped with tails, cricket allergies. The family snuck out as quickly as they came in and believe me, I have no ill will towards them at all, I just can’t imagine a situation where I would ever want my son to behave that way. And the more I think about it, I’m not even sure that it was the kid’s birthday, no one said Happy Birthday to him while they were taking pictures. So, there ya go, love it or hate it, that’s my rant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Much love


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The Frog Blog!

You asked for it, you got it!  Here's a frog blog!  Can you guys name them all?  I bet you can! 

Have fun and don't forget to email me pics of your cool stuff for our Prehistoric Pets Fan pic of the day!




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more on the new project!

Noooooooooooooow can you guess what it is?????




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A new project!

So yesterday I started working on this new project at The Reptile Zoo and it is going, well, ok I guess, but when it's finished it will be spectacular!  Here are a couple shots of it so you can maybe take some guesses as to what the project is or what the project is going to be!!!!

I love creative projects!

And I gotta tell ya, I come up with some crazy ideas sometimes about what i think would be cool (so does Jay) but Jay gave this project a thumbs up, while everyone else gave it a thumbs down!  Good thing he's the boss... so all is still a go!

Any ideas?

hint..................i'm from Florida, home of yard ornaments and lawn decorations


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Rosalyn's Jurassic Party!


If you haven't had the chance to have or attend a Jurassic Party yet you are most definately missing out!  Jurassic Parties are about the most fun thing we do here!  Rosayln's party was so much fun and we had to get her dad to come back with the flash drive so we could get all the pictures!  Thanks so much Dave and Rosalyn we hope we get to see you again soon!

A hands-on reptile experience is something that you and your guests will be talking about for months after!  It is safe affordable and after all, everybody has a birthday right?  We would be honored for you to share your birthday with us!

Right now we are having a contest so that you could win your own Jurassic Party!  Go to this link to enter!


You will have a super fun time!  I promise!!!!!!!!

hoping to hear from you soon!



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A Reptile Lover's Living Room!

Hey Guys!

Thanks for the pics you are sending regarding the fan pic of the day!  This one took a whole blog!  We reptile lovers are way different from normal people in that we are, well, just a little bit cooler.... (that is only my opinion...disclaimer)  Anyways, thanks so much to Erin who has her entire living room/den/family room set up for her beautiful pets to live in!  If you have some great pics please send them to me at savannah@jurassicparties.com

maybe your reptile family will be the next big thing!!!!

much love and thanks again Erin!  Your set up is soooooooooooooooooooo cool!




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Greg got a Burm Bite!


It happens all the time on accident, but not usually when there is a camera around, so today is you lucky day guys!  A snake bite in action!Greg was trying to feed this guy today when she made the mistake of thinking Greg's hand was the dinner! 

Kudos to Greg for sitting there patiently while I took these photos! 

You are awesome! 

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The Fury of Mangrove Snakes!

Hey guys!

This morning has been a super awesome one!  I got to feed my new mangroves last night and set them all up this morning!  I even got a kiss or two from the biggest one of them.  Mangrove snakes are definately my favorite, but I will try with all my might not to overwhelm you all with pictures of them!  They are so gnarly and beautiful!  so, I'm going to promise today only, unless something amazing happens that I just can't resist later.  Not to be outdone, Greg took a big bite from a party burm this morning while he was trying to feed it!  I love it in the mornings when everyone get a bite or two!  It's so much fun!  It doesn't happen very often as we are all very skilled in the Art of Snake... if there is such a thing.  We practice, and practice and train and train so that we are quick witted and agile..... hahahahah...jk

We really all just love our jobs and try to do the best we can in everypart of it, from cleaning the cages,  feeding the lettuce and cricket eaters, to doing the fun stuff like feeding the big snakes and monitors.

What a glamorous job we have!!!!!!!

Here are the mangrove pics from this morning and I will have the bite pics of Greg and the burm in a few secs..........

much love,







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Hey Guys!

Anybody ever seen the movie Tremors?  Well, when we relocated the sand boas in the shop I was not too pleased because I thought... (past tense) they were pretty boring and I like alot of excitement!  But, Imagine my suprize when I got to feed them!  It was totally like Tremors!  There are 8 of them in the habitat and at any given time you can see none of them!!!  Only swirls and sand circles and movement underneath the ground.  It almost looks as if nothing is in there at all!  Until you feed them!!!!  I can place one food item in the middle of the cage and watch them slither underneath the sand like a shark under a surfer and then Bam!!!!!  out of nowhere they pop out of the sand underneath their food and attack it!  It is the most awesome thing I have ever seen!  Sometimes if I'm not careful they suprize me so much it makes me scream! It has definatley become one of our favorite times of the day!  It's like watching tremors but for real!  I'm going to try and get Jay to make a video next time!  You guys would love it!  I'm the meanwhile, here are a few pics of what they look like!  Enjoy!

much love!


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Choosing a carpet!

Everyone should choose a carpet that best suits their lifestyle and home....  here are a few of our swatches!

much love


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