Featured YouTube Video!

This week, we have Jay and Mike with their special guest, our own crazy-smart little Siavash, pulling two really awesome clutches! Eggs get pulled all the time here at Prehistoric Pets, and its even more spectacular when we are able to film it...putting you right there in the room to witness every minute!

The first clutch is from some pretty fancy parents...a Sunfire het Genetic Stripe het Albino bred to a double het Albino Genetic Stripe! When first realizing that she laid, Jay was certainly hoping for some more Albino Genetic Stripe Sunfires, so we will let you know when they hatch for sure. After some careful separation of the eggs, the guys counted 29 eggs and one slug...great job momma retic! These will be placed in incubation for around 82-85 days. Check back for more info!

The second clutch was much smaller, being from ball pythons, but a very cool combo! A Cinnamon het Ghost was bred to a Pastel Ghost het Caramel...and I personally can't wait to see the results! 5 eggs were successfully pulled by Siavash, and are set to hatch in about 54-56 days...maybe a bit longer.

Here is the video, hope you enjoy...and there are more to come, being put up soon! Check in with Facebook at any of our pages! (Prehistoric Pets, The Reptile Zoo, Jurassic Parties)

Email us with any questions and interests in these babies or others at:




Great job guys! Keep it up!

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Best in Class 'Pearl'

Hey there Herpers!

It's hotter than beans outside now that summer is coming to a unwanted conclusion. However, no amount of summer sun is as hot as the new Burmese morph we have to show you! Thanks to Garrett and his high quality camera, we were able to snap a few shots of this beautiful new comer. Just barely produced THIS year, the Hypo Albino "Pearl" Burmese morph has some of the cutest babies, and owners have shared their interest in just what exactly an adult will come to look like.

Curious? SO ARE WE!!! Follow us on Facebook to keep updated on new photos and fun facts. ;) Let us know your feedback!


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What's NEW at the Zoo??

I don't know about you guys, but I LOVE.....

Working here, we see some CRAZY things come and go, and its awesome when they are bright and colorful. As of right now, we have a very cool array of different Iguanas! Iguanas are naturally shy and skittish creatures (especially when young) so it was hard to snap pics, but I got a few good ones. They are a little high-maintenance, but if you know how to care for them they can be tamed down quite a bit. Most of them are part of the Zoo as permanent pets, but we do have a few for sale! (shown at bottom)

Part of the Zoo:

We have GREENS varying in size and shade:

We have everyone's favorite, Sonny, the Albino Green Iguana...who is a beautiful pale yellow all over.

There is a gorgeous RED (who is also pretty feisty!)

We even have TWO of the dark, but super fascinating, Rhinoceros Iguanas

But, BRAND NEW to the Zoo are two babies, who are a stunning BLUE!! Come check them out!

So, I bet now you guys are wondering what we have FOR SALE!

Some beautiful REDS:

Babies: ($89.99)

Adult: ($149.99)

An awesome, not-so-common, gorgeous, young CUBAN Iguana! ($399.99)

PLUS, we can order almost anything that we don't have but you want! So call, email, or just stop by to see what we have, ask questions, and even take home one of these colorful beauties!


See you soon!

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A Tidalwave of Tortoises

If you are looking for a cool pet...outside the norm of cats and dogs...quieter than birds...slower than rabbits and hamsters...and not quiet as intimidating as a lizard or snake...

Look no further than a TORTOISE! These awesome reptiles make for an exotic, but quite easy, new pet. Great with kids, pretty low-maintenance (for a reptile), and totally vegetarian! You can't miss!

Here at Prehistoric Pets, we just received a couple new groups of Sulcatta hatchlings! They are the cutest little guys...barely bigger than a golfball when they first hatch. One group is still a bit too small to sell...but the other is ready to go, at $149.99 each. Sulcatta Tortoises (AKA African Spur-thigh) can grow to be 150 years old, and 200 pounds! They love leafy greens, carrots, squash, and WATERMELON (among other fruits and veggies....but NO citrus). As long as they get some calcium powder on their food, and daytime in the sun (or UVB) with plenty of heat, they are very happy pets.

Where's Waldo??

At about 10 years old, they are usually big enough to be outside...as long as they have a pen, and animals can't get to them (coyotes). But remember, they like to dig! Some folks even have little doghouse-type enclosures for the tortoises to crawl into (with heat) when they are cold or stressed...good idea. Kids love them, because they are different, but not scary. We have larger tortoises as well, ranging from the grapefruit-size juvenile ($249.99), all the way up to the 100-pounders (females $999.99). Prices vary.

However, since these guys DO grow to be pretty huge, you may want to try something that stays pretty small. We have two Russian Tortoises left...they are pretty popular as well because they usually grow no larger than a head of lettuce. So, if you are looking for something a bit smaller, come in for one (at $159.99) before they are gone!

Remember, you can always call or email us with your questions!


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This week, we are bringing you another new video...one of a gorgeous momma snake! She is a BIG beautiful Tiger Titanium retic that was bred to a Platinum het Titanium. Jay, Tim, and Mike discuss the physical attributes of the eggs, and how you can tell a "slug" (infertile egg) from a good egg.

Each clutch is its own genetics lesson...with complicated ratios and possible outcomes. This clutch was predicted to produce not only Tiger Titaniums and the coveted Platinum Titaniums ("Silver Surfers"), but also Tiger Titanium Platinums. Hmmmmmm....

Tiger Titanium Example:

After removing all of the eggs, Jay shows his technique for checking the snake for more eggs. This is his way of palpating (examining by touch) the mother to ensure nothing was missed and she can be fed.

So, these eggs have hatched now, and I heard that we received "some of the nicest" Silver Surfers that our guys have seen. If you are interested in seeing the "baby pictures" and possibly purchasing one of your own, just check out our website:

www.prehistoricpets.com (or the PP tab at the top)

and email garrett@jurassicparties.com for more information. They are awesome!!

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Jurassic Fact of the Week!

When I ask kids what their favorite animal at our parties is...the most common answer is the Burmese Python. Maybe because they are HUGE...maybe because they are usually the last animal and its the one they think of first...whatever it is, kids love them. Our burms go through extensive "party bootcamp"...getting handled frequently and fed a bit more often to ensure a sense of calmness in them.

Burmese Pythons are naturally found in what used to be Burma (now Myanmar) in Southeast Asia. As one of the 6 largest snakes in the world, they grow to an average of 15 feet, but sometimes as long as 20 feet! They are semi-aquatic...being nocturnal rainforest dwellers, and are naturally more docile than most snakes their size.

We take them to every party, plus they are always available for pictures in the Zoo, and at the Fair! We took hundreds of pictures of excited guests with our burms at the OC fair this year. At the Zoo, guests can get the same opportunity ($5 with their camera, $8 with ours plus a printout). We have even had toddlers brave the large snake for a memorable photo!

These guys have different "morphs" as well, like any other snake. We have several albinos (bright yellow) and they are a BIG favorite because of how unique and beautiful they are. We also have a few granite burms, which are mainly gray with a rock-like pattern. Here are a couple examples:



Come see us at The Reptile Zoo, and get your picture with a 9-foot Python!! It is definitely a memorable experience. See you soon herpers!

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You are so beautiful....to meeeee

I have wanted to feature this creature for some time now...because he is so gorgeous! I am sure a lot of you herpers out there have heard of these handsome little guys, but for those of you who haven't...meet Guillermo, the Panther Chameleon!!

These Chameleons love the tropical forests of Madagascar. They grow up to 20 inches...with females usually ending up half that size. They live around 10 years in captivity. Panther Chameleons have a variety of different color displays, but the common misconception is that it is based on their background. Chameleons actually change their colors subconsciously, when affected by temperature, mood, and light. Females will even turn dark brown with orange stripes while gravid, to signify to the males that they have no intention of mating.

These beautiful critters definitely make for a very exotic pet...but they are VERY finicky, and require precise environmental conditions. One which mirrors the jungle, with proper light, heat, and humidity, would be best for these high-maintenance lizards...as well as a nice assortment of worms, crickets, and even roaches.

So, our Panther Chameleon...which Mandy and I named "Guillermo" (Mo for short)...doesn't change his color much, we try to keep his environment very stable. However, I know many of you are chomping at the bit to see it happen, so I found a link to a cool YouTube video! If you have never seen one change, its pretty subtle...mainly darker shades to lighter shades...maybe getting rid of the dark altogether (especially when in light...as in the video)...so pay attention to the "lightening up" of the colors. Pretty cool....Enjoy!


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Looking for the right first pet?

You came to the right place!!

Hello Herpers! One thing we all share in common is our love for Herping or reptiles and amphibians in general, However, not ALL of us are 'Jurassic' Pet owners. Not YET anyways muahahahaHAHA!!

For starters, let's cover some snakes. Although there's a huge variety of them, only SOME snakes are a guaranteed "Mother Approved" for a beginner snake owner. Most commonly owned and known, Ball Pythons come in a few color variations (i.e. Pastels, Ghosts) and can be maintained easily at any age. Also too, there are Corn snakes which come in a variety of color morphs as well making both snakes quite the pet to shop for. =)

Looking for Lizards? Well we've got those too! Small, Medium and Large; these creatures are ones of varying personality and 'pizazz'! For the younger, more cautious beginner pet owner, there are Leopard Geckos. Small, docile and one of the easiest to maintain. Last but never least, we have everyone's favorite, the Bearded Dragon! Starting off as small as 5" long(but a fast grower!), these cute quirky little puppy-like lizards are sure to win your heart!

Made your decision yet? Or are you packed with questions and inquiries? Either way, stop in the store and check us out or visit our online store at prehistoricpets.com and you can email questions to info@prehistoricpets.com.


Good for younger first time pet owners. (Leopard Gecko)

Puppy-Like Lizard, grows fast but has the cutest and most docile nature! (Bearded Dragon)

Corn Snake GALORE!! Juvenile: Albinos! Regs! Snows!

Yearling Ball Python. For those cat-like personalities. ;P

And for any educators out there looking for a cool new addition to your class? Look no further! Baby Sulcata Tortoises!

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Featured YouTube Video

If you are avid Facebook users...which the majority of the planet now is...make sure to check out our pages:

The Reptile Zoo, Prehistoric Pets, Jurassic Parties

We are constantly updating them with new (and old) videos of anything and everything that goes on here at The Zoo. Lately we have had more old videos than new, but that is changing now that we have a better system going. We will have more new videos out to you now!!

So, in "celebration" of this new video excitement, we are featuring one on our blog every so often, just to give you a little more info on what's going on. Today, we are featuring a fun video titled "Jay teaches the kids in the zoo about Ball Python eggs". Pretty self-explanatory right?

Well, these were kids that come in to the zoo frequently and actually owned ball pythons of their own. The owner, Jay, gave them direct advice on how to pull their own clutch of eggs. This day was special because they got to see first-hand how a clutch is pulled, cut, and classified. At the end of the video, Jay even gives several important tips on proper technique and care.

The eggs shown in the video were an amazing and informative GENETICS lesson for the kids...showing how parents with genes such as "pastel" and "lemonblast" can not only produce more pastels and lemonblasts, but also normals and "pinstripes", among others. Jay also teaches the kids the difference between fertile and infertile eggs...to prevent the unnecessary incubation of infertiles.

With this new knowledge, the excited kids were able to leave, confident they could successfully pull their very own ball python clutch at home. Hope you like the video!

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Keep it Simple Boys!

Latest studies from the University of Texas, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute show that "female cognitive ability can limit how melodious or handsome males become over evolutionary time" (Akre 2011). Males naturally try to improve their skills and appearance...even more aggressively if their is competition for a female.

Since the dawn of time, males have been trying to get our attention with the bigger and the better. In the animal world, we commonly see a spectacular show of colors, dancing, and song. The male does a lot of work to get attention, but the stand-out usually wins the very desirable prize of creating more offspring. However, the fancier these shows get, it seems the more difficult for females to recognize and detect...especially in song.

The male Tungara Frogs of Panama have made good use of their vocal abilities over time, wooing females with a series of "whines" and "chucks". Studies show that female Tungaras prefer the calls with many "chucks", so males have gradually started adding more "chucks". This addition of chucks has proven to decrease predatory advance on the frogs (which is always a plus!), BUT it started to confuse the females. So many noises...which frog to choose...and is that even a frog?? After several failed attempts with the extra chucks, the males went back to the basics.

Its a very interesting thing, since all the exciting, bright, flamboyant showiness comes with such a price. It frequently draws more predators in. So, when it was found that a higher number of chucks decreases this danger, you would think the frogs would go for it. Nevertheless, the risk of losing out on the female is one that these little frogs are NOT willing to take. A very common thing in the animal world if you take a close look...for animals to choose mating over potential demise.

Women...always creating ultimatums. But hey, at least this shows you don't need to work TOO hard fellas, we are pretty simple creatures. Most of the time. (muahaha) :-D


K. L. Akre, H. E. Farris, A. M. Lea, R. A. Page, M. J. Ryan. Signal Perception in Frogs and Bats and the Evolution of Mating Signals. Science, 2011; 333 (6043): 751 DOI: 10.1126/science.1205623
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