No Vacancy at the new Crestie Condos!

Here at the Repile Zoo, we love making fancy new enclosures for our animals. First the Anacondaminium, then the Caiman Lizard enclosure, then the Alligator Exhibit....and now, the Crestie Condos!

 

We have several breeding pairs of Crested Geckos....a few Harlequins here, a Flame and a Dalmation here, a little bit of everything. We decided they might be a little more comfortable if they had their own private quarters, away from the prying eyes of their nosy lizard neighbors. Thus, the Crestie Condos were built.

 

Here's a close up of a few of the suites at the CC.

 

 

And it appears that the geckos are thrilled with their new enclosures....we pulled a few eggs out of the enclosures less than an hour ago!

So if you're looking for some helpful ideas on building your own luxury Crested Gecko Complex, come on in and check ours out! Who knows, maybe you'll get to see them pop out an egg or two....

Later Gator!

<3 Mandysaurus Rex

 

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Hog Wild

 

Love is in the air here at Prehistoric Pets....for the animals anyway.     :-P

Today we discovered our Hognose Snake couple getting very cozy in their home.  Hmmmmmm...

Can't you just feel the love??  Hopefully there will be some little ones on the way VERY soon!!!

How exciting......so WHAT is a Hognose Snake you may ask??

Well, they are a colubrid snake, native to the U.S. and northern Mexico, with a characteristic upturned snout.  This snout serves its purpose as a very handy tool in digging and burrowing through sandy soil.  They are HIGHLY variable in color and pattern, sometimes blotched, sometimes solid...and range in color from red, green, orange, brown, and black.  So how do you tell???  The nose doesn't lie my friends...

When threatened, they actually raise off the ground and hiss, mimicking a cobra.  Sounds like a cool little dude.  The largest species of Hognose Snake can reach almost 6 feet...but most stay relatively small (around 2 feet).  They are rear-fanged, but not techinically venomous.  The saliva is toxic to prey but not dangerous to humans, and they NEVER bite.  How can they be sure?  Experiments have proved that you must smell like their prey to even get a feigned strike.  Nice.

 

So, maybe soon we will have some tiny hognoses running around...but until then come check out the loving couple here at The Reptile Zoo.  See you soon herpers!

 

<3..........................Thalia

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Rambo's a stud!

If you follow our blog here at The Reptile Zoo, or if you've ever come in and talked to me about tegus, I'm sure you've seen or heard about Rambo. He is an Argentine Black Nose Tegu, and my favorite lizard in the store. Seeing as how he's just oh so pretty and is growing like a beast, we decided that in celebration of his rapidly approaching 3rd birthday it was time to breed him! Yay!!! This meant moving him into a HUUGE new cage, and bringing along a few Argentine females, Belle (far right)  and Darla (front and center).

If they do successfully breed (fingers crossed!) the incubation period can be anywhere from 45 to 60days, depending on the temperature of the incubator. The higher the temperature, the faster they hatch, and vice versa.

It'll be a couple of weeks before they're all settled down and used to living together, so let's all wish Rambo and his ladies some luck, and leave them to it!

 

Later Gator!

<3 Salamandy

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Herper Question of the Week

 

Many of you ask:  "Why do you cut snake eggs open, instead of letting them hatch on their own?"

 

 

Here at Prehistoric, we cut our eggs after the first one in the clutch starts to pip.  This means that the snake is far enough along to start to break out of the egg, and has already made a tiny hole.  It is safe for the snakes because they are, themselves, trying to hatch at that time.

 

 

The reason we cut them, instead of letting them hatch themselves is because occasionally a snake will not be able to break its shell, and will drown in the fluids.  Opening them ourselves ensures the highest number of surviving hatchlings.  The fact that it shows us what morphs we have is just a bonus.   :-)

 

 

Please continue to ask questions, we are always here to get you the best information possible.  Call, email, stop by, or post on our Facebook pages and we will do our best to answer promptly.  Thanks everyone!

 

<3...................Thalia

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JFW time!

 

Jurassic Fact of the Week:   "The Party Newbie"

Hey herpers...this week I am featuring our new party presenter, Katy Bugler.  She's an awesome New Yorkan mix of rocker persona and reptilian intelligence. Always smilin' and always hard at work.  :-D

I met her pet Granite Burmese Python the other day...named Big Boy...and he is gorgeous!   She's a good snake momma.

Here's Katy with one of her favorite shop animals...a Green Iguana appropriately named "Trouble":

 

She has started the party training, with yours truly, and soon she will be making your birthdays memorable with the rest of us!!

Katy also helps out Garrett, our online sales manager, especially with keeping our website up-to-date.  She's always running around taking pictures of retics, or at the computer updating the info at www.prehistoricpets.com.  Check it out!

I snapped this pic of her with some of the cutest critters I have ever seen....Leachies!!

 

Besides the ever-growing variety of beautiful Reticulated Pythons, Katy's favorite reptile in our shop is the Monkey-tail Skink.  We have a pair, Simia & Simian, and Katy even named their baby (Peanut).  So come down to The Reptile Zoo and meet Katy, and Peanut too!

 

<3.......................Thalia

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Westward Expansion!

 

Howdy!   We are movin out WEST ya'll!!

No, not into the ocean....or to China....but west of our building.  We just bought the space next door!

 

Many of you got the special experience of enjoying a FREE presentation in this very room during our Spooky Masquerade last month.  It was packed full and some very exotic creatures were shown...some that don't even go out to regular parties like alligators, gila monsters, & rattlesnakes!

 

So we are steadily making changes to that wing, and hopefully when we finish there will be a new area of the zoo!  Also, we are hoping to have a brand-new breeding area.  Its still up-in-the-air, but we are thinking a window too, for public view of clutches being pulled!!

What do YOU think we should add???  (tell us on Facebook!)

 

If you have been in and checked everything out, you are probably familiar with the three large cages in the pet shop area.  There are usually different things in them from time to time, but right now we have a Rhino Iguana, and a few retics.  They will soon find new homes and we will tear those cages out (maybe by Christmas!) to make room for even more retail!  Just another way we are moving towards being your go-to shop for everything reptile!!

See?  we hardly have enough room up front for our GROWING retail supply!  But don't worry, these animals will get NEW cages, maybe in our new wing!!  So excited....aren't you?

Keep checking back for more info...there's always something new happening here at Prehistoric Pets!

 

<3...........................Thalia

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HE'S a jungle in here!

Come on in and meet our GORGEOUS  male Jungle Carpet Python.

These guys come from Australia, home to our other popular pets the Bearded Dragon and the Blue Tongue Skink. They get to be about 8 or 9 feet long, so they're not necessarily for everybody. But if you have a little bit of experience with snakes and have the room to house this semi-arboreal serpent, come on in and check him out. The price has dropped so he might not be here for long!

P.S. If you happen to be a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, he would really complete your Game Day outfit!

Later Gator!

Mandysaurus Rex

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He Who MUST Be Named

 

Hello herp fans....many of you know that Prehistoric Pets recently acquired a 5-foot male American Alligator.  You probably also know that we just finished his enclosure and had a party to celebrate!  Well, after all that time and excitement, he still remains NAMELESS!

This poor little guy needs your help...how can such a beautiful creature go without a name???

We are holding a contest that began at our Spooky Masquerade this past October, where you as our guests (and web fans) can enter a name suggestion and possibly win an awesome prize, a 1-year pass to The Reptile Zoo! 

Here at Prehistoric, we will narrow the names down at the end of December, choose around 10 or 15 of the best ones, post them on our Facebook pages and let our fans VOTE!  So, once we get them up, if yours is chosen it is your job to get your family, friends, coworkers, poker partners, Avon ladies, cats, and anyone else to vote for yours!!!

So far, we have over 100 names in, and it grows every single day!  Some of the awesome ones that I have seen so far include Darth Gator, Black Beard, Gladiator, and Pickle.  So, remember, he is a BOY, and very very handsome.  Online, you can send in your name ideas to:

BLOG@prehistoricinc.com

Please include your name, plus your name for the gator, as well as your hometown and phone number.

Thanks, and buena suerte!

 

<3.......................Thalia

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Operation Christmas Child

 

Calling all Herpers! (and even the non-herpers)    We need your help!

This year, The Reptile Zoo is working with Operation Christmas Child.  OCC is a program created by Samaritan's Purse International Relief.  Following the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37), SPIR gives aid to the world's poor, sick, and suffering.  Since 1970, they have provided critical relief to the victims of natural disaster, war, disease, and famine all over the planet.  Their endeavors include Haiti, Kenya, Sudan, Cambodia, and the Amazon Basin...and thats just recently.

Operation Christmas Child was started in 1990 as a way to not only reach those less fortunate, but to aid the effort that no child should be forgotten on Christmas.  Samaritan's Purse adds a "Greatest Gift of All" booklet with many of the shoeboxes, so that kids can learn about Jesus, God's greatest gift.  Parents see these showboxes as well, and in turn, also learn of Jesus' love for them. 

Last Christmas (2010) approximately 1.12 MILLION children from 14 countries across the world recieved special shoebox gifts.  That's incredible!  Hundreds of volunteers braved the rubble of Haiti, the rural villages of Romania, and even ARCTIC conditions to ensure that children living in difficult circumstances would experience the joy of receiving a gift at Christmas.  Just amazing.  I have personally been reading some of the stories and blogs on their website, looking at pictures, and seeing the facts....you guys HAVE to check it out and learn more, its fantastic!  What an awesome and altruistic organization.  Just look at these smiles:

 

So, here at The Reptile Zoo, we are acting as a drop-off site for you.  Not only that, we will donate $1 to SPIR for EVERY box received.

Now, how do you make a box??  You will need a shoebox, or a closed container of the same size.  You can wrap the box, but please wrap the lid separately.  Next, distinguish if your gift is for a boy, or a girl, and what age group (2-4, 5-9, 10-14).  There are convenient labels that you can print out and tape to the top of the box at the "Pack a Shoebox" website at the bottom. 

Fill the box with a variety of gifts (examples on the same website...they include toys, school supplies, and hygiene items).  Please also include a $7 donation to cover shipping costs (check made out to Samaritan's Purse, with "OCC" in the memo line, in an envelope inside the box).  You can make one combined donation if you are donating more than one box.  Finally, please place a rubber band around each box and take them to the drop off site.  (Prehistoric Pets)

If you are not local, there are drop-off locations near you, just check out the site:

http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/Drop_Off_Locations/

 

Note:  Please DO NOT include used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy weapons or soldiers, chocolate or food, out-of-date candy, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items (glass), or aerosol cans

The Reptile Zoo will take all of your donations (plus our donation of $1 per box) to the collection site around the end of November.  Official collection dates are Nov 14-21 but we can take boxes after that as well.  OCC takes donations year-round.

So come one everyone, let's make this Christmas memorable for the children of the world!

 

 

I have included the website for Samaritan's Purse, as well as the OCC link for shoebox making, plus a link for a shoebox-making video...also, make sure to look around the SPIR website, its amazing!! 

So, you have the tools, now let's start creating some smiles!  Thanks everyone!!!

 

<3.......................Thalia

 

SamaritansPurse.org

How to Pack a Shoebox


Video Link

 

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Feed me! Nevermind, I'll do it myself

Apparently, even being a Newport Beach native can be tough. Everybody knows that kingsnakes are given that name
(and separate cages) or their tendency to eat their own kind (how rude!). But what happens when a bored kingsnake is left all by his lonesome? Take a look!

 

Don't worry folks, shortly after this picture was taken, this hungry snake realized the error of his ways and released himself, much to his own relief. We love snakes here at the Reptile Zoo, but not necessarily for their smarts. Come on in and visit, but remember, its a dog-eat-dog, er, snake-eat-snake world out there. 

Later Gator!

-Mandysaurus Rex

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