We hope you enjoy your stay at our fabulous Anacondaminium!!!

Hey there Prehistoric Pets Fans!!! Anyone who has ever been to our Reptile Zoo can tell you that we have some pretty nifty animals....and their enclosures aren't too shabby either! We have The Crestie Condos, The Alligator/Sulfur Monitor Enclosure, and our new Caiman Lizard Exhibit. But has anyone ever seen the oh-so-cleverly named Anacondaminium? Because it's pretty darn awesome.

This is a picture of the then-unfinished Anacondaminium. Pretty sweet digs, huh? The Green Anacondas we have in here are worth it! Green Anacondas are the heaviest breed of snake in the world! The largest recorded Green Anaconda was around 26 feet long and a whopping 400 pounds! That's huge! Now while these guys probably aren't the first choice pet for just anybody, they are absolutely gorgeous and a really neat animal to get to be around.

 

And here's a picture of our fearless boss and owner of Prehistoric Pets/Jurassic Parties/The Reptile Zoo, Jay Brewer, putting our big girl Sweet Pea into her new house. Welcome Home Sweet Pea!!!

Here at Prehistoric Pets, we encourage EVERYBODY to do alot of research before deciding to buy an animal. Especially something like Sweet Pea! But if you think you're ready to take that plunge, come on in and see what we have for sale! Maybe you'll be lucky enough to catch Jay in the middle of another one of his epic projects!

Later Gator!

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IGGY!!!

Hey Herpers!  Today’s blog is all about our 3 EXTRA special Iguanas!  I’m sure most of us are very familiar with the typical Green Iguana.  Some can be seen on a leash being walked by the beach, found up in a random tree (escape artist trick) or RIGHT HERE at The Reptile Zoo!  But there’s so many other kinds of super cool iguana’s you can see or own, so let me introduce you to some. :)

Say Hello to Rusty, the Red Iguana.  Red Iguanas are some of the largest and rarest types of Iguanas found in the species.  Red iguana is mostly found in eastern and southern parts of Africa and like other types of iguana; they also need special attention and care for proper growth.  The bulk of their needy diet must have green leafy vegetables such as mustard greens, escarole, kale, and spinach.  As you can see, Rusty here is about to enjoy a big serving of YUM!

RUSTY

This giant beauty is Mrs. Spot, the Rhino Iguana.  The Rhinoceros Iguana (Cyclura cornuta) is a threatened species and has an average growth size of 2-4 ½ feet in length!  Their name originates from the bony-plated ‘horn’ like outgrowth which resembles the horn of a rhinoceros on the iguana's snout.  Ranging throughout Hispaniola, Haiti and the Dominican Republic; they are found mostly in scrub woodland, forests characterized by extreme dryness and rocky habitats of eroded limestone in coastal walkways in a variety habitat types.  Luckily, we have the experience, knowledge, care and love needed to house such a magnificent creature.

 Mrs. Spot

Finally, we bring you our one and only Albino Iguana, Sonny!  Iguanas are sensitive beings; most of them rely on their environment for survival. Having an Albino Iguana as your pet gives you the responsibility to properly care for it and make sure that it survives under your care.  Just like with us, make sure to feed your iguana every day and the ideal time for feeding your iguana is early in the morning. Never feed your iguana huge amounts of food before sleeping time, this gives it time to properly digest food before sleeping. In addition, the morning temperature will give your iguana the right environment to properly digest its food.  Think you’ve seen the cutest, most majestic or funny iguanas out there?  Well… you haven’t met SONNY!  Stop on in The Reptile Zoo and say hello to all 3!

 David hold Sonny as they both strike a curious pose ;P

Until next time herpers!

^O^.........Priscilla

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WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

EXTRA EXTRA! Read all about it! … We have a WINNER for the Gator naming contest!  That’s right, after months of reviewing fantastic, funny and unique name options for our Gator we have finally chosen THE ONE TO RULE THEM ALL. (;P) 

Starting just a little over 4 months ago, we created a contest where all our Reptile Zoo visitors were able to submit their ideas to NAME THAT GATOR!  We received HUNDREDS of submissions and within those submissions, we had QUITE a bit of tough pickin’s.  After sorting thru all the quirky cool names we narrowed it down to just 5 top choices.  It was a tough decision but once they were chosen, we posted the options on our Facebook page and awaited the hundreds of votes on which name would be picked top Gator.

It didn’t take long for all of you to vote and make the ultimate choice.  Now it’s time to NAME THAT GATOR and the WINNER!!  Excited?!  I AM!!  First of all, here are the runners up:

In 2nd place we have “Mater” submitted by Matthew B.  We had a TIE for 3rd place with the names “Clyde” from Emilie H. and “Gunther” from Lori W.  Another option from our top 5 choices ends with “Barnabee Jr.” submitted by Alexandra L.  So what name won?  DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!  Barrrrrrrr-ump dump chsh!cshsh!cshsh!cshsh!  The winner iiisss…. “DARTH GATOR” submitted by Rosy D.!!!!!  Congratulations Rosy on winning your ONE YEAR Passport to The Reptile Zoo and Naming That Gator!  You will forever be a part of Darth Gator and Reptile Zoo history!  Come in and claim your prize TODAY!

As for the other runners up, we are offering you a One Day pass to The Reptile Zoo, so don’t forget to stop by and claim your prize as well.  Thank you for ALL of your awesome suggestions, it was a tough call!  NOW everyone can come and request by name, our 5ft Darth Gator! ;D   Don’t worry if your name wasn’t selected, we constantly have new animals added to the family, so follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our home sites for updates, deals, hot news and MORE contests to come!

^O^…………Priscilla

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Amphibian Para-Para-Paradise!

It’s a day for our Amphibians Herpers, we put away the snakes and lizards to bring to you some cool toads and frogs we have for sale RIGHT here in the shop!  Although these guys aren’t as initially popular or requested like their reptile friends; we make quite a killing on amphibian sales once customers are educated on their care.  So, with that being said, today’s blog will show you and educate you on available amphibians.  Let’s take a look and start off at the little guy :)

The Golden Mantella’s ventral surface is yellow in females, and a lighter yellow in the males. The inside of the thigh sometimes shows bright red coloring.   Just like their red brothers, their brightly colored skin warns their predators that they are very poisonous!  These tiny lil fellas only grow to be 1 inch in length!  Now I know small….THAT’S small!! ;P  Thanks to their small size, they fittingly have small appetites that consist of small invertebrates.

Up next on the roster, are the Spadefoot Toads.  These particular toads are of typical shape to most burrowing frogs. They are round, with short legs and protruding eyes. As suggested by their name, this frog has hard lumps present on their feet, which helps them to dig. Like most burrowing frogs, they will dig backwards into the ground.  They spend the majority of their lives underground, commonly beneath constant ponds or creek beds.

Next on deck, are the Fire-Bellied Toads.  All in the name, these toads display vibrant red- or yellow-and-black patterns on the toads' ventral areas, which act as, a warning to predators of the toads' supposedly foul taste.  . The toadlets and the toads consume insects, such as flies and beetles, but also invertebrates such as annelid worms, and terrestrial arthropods.  Captive fire-bellied toads usually live to be around 12 years old, making them GREAT beginner pets for first time amphibian owners. 

Lastly, we bring you the adored Whites Tree Frogs.  These popular tree frogs are understood to originate from Australia and New Guinea. They are an awesome frog for first-time frog owners as they are simple and super easy to care for. White’s tree frogs have an typical lifespan of 16 years and are sometimes called” Dumpy Tree Frogs” due to their “dumpy” look.  The adult frogs can grow to 4-5 inches in length, with the females usually longer than males.  They are content to sit quietly for hours on end, staring out of their habitat at plants, owners, or walls. (O.o) During mealtime, the frog will move quickly and quietly, stalking its prey. After a while, the frogs will also be able to tell you are going for the box of crickets and will become quite interested in your every move!

 

All of these cute lil fellas can be found for purchase right here at Prehistoric Pets!  Stop on in and have a L@@k!!!

^O^........Priscilla

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My Red Rump brings all the Herpers to the store!...

Usually “butt” gawking is considered rude and offensive, BUTT not in this case. ;P  Why not?  Well, today we happen to be talking about the magnificent Mexican Red-Rump Tarantula, a.k.a. Brachypelma vagans.  Sufficed to say their evident “Red Rump” is the cause to their name and initial butt gazing.  Trust me, it’s much prettier and less weird than it sounds =P.

Mike McConnell always snapping the good pix!  They're Buds :)

The Mexican red Rump tarantula is a large jet black spider with vibrant red hairs on its abdomen.  Although little is known about the biology of the ‘Vagans’, as is with most tarantulas, adult females are normally 5- 7.5 cm in body length, with a leg span up to 13 cm. Adult males are slightly shorter with a much smaller abdomen. Woot for the Ladies! =P 

Vibrant example of the "red rump"

Unlike our typical house spiders that we fear plan mutiny against us home owners, Mexican red-rumps are nocturnal predators, feeding on ground-dwelling insects, arachnids, crustaceans and more. (Small unruly children are a treat at times ;P ).  Just like the common Chilean Rose Hair tarantula, it has irritating bristle hairs on its abdomen used as a defense against other predators. Fortunatley, these critters require properly kept burrows, far from our plain sight. 

These massive beauties of the wild are considered aggressive and quite speedy, so BE CAUTIOUS when handling.  Luckily, this species has not been reported to possess a bite serious to people, PHEW!  Winning again, the ladies are long-lived, potentially reaching 15 years of age.  They can be purchased as pets, and feed commercially on crickets and cockroaches.  Make sure to do PLENTY of research before making such a decision.  There are tons of species to be chosen from, everyone with it’s own special “nitch”.  Stop on in Prehistoric Pets and check out our selection!

Adios!

^O^.........Priscilla

 

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Burmese Trifecta says NO to Python bans!

It’s finally winding down to a less break-neck pace here at The Reptile Zoo /Prehistoric Pets and were now able to catch up with all the little things we overlooked or forgot.  On the other hand, we have been excited to get a window of spare time to share a very special blog with you!  Here at Prehistoric Pets, we are known for our variety of snakes available for purchase, but rarely do we have such a ‘trifecta’ of a snake to offer.  She’s a beautiful, healthy Burmese Python.  “What’s so special about that?” you may ask.  Let’s take a look…  =D

For starters, typical Burmese pythons purchased are either Albino, which are especially popular and is the most widely available morph or Granite Burmese pythons which sport a much more intricate patter than regular burms.  Although there are several different morphs of this snake, most Herpers do not want to deal with the difficulty of cross breeding and choose to buy cross bred species already.  Does this sound like you?  Then boy (or girl ;P) do we have the perfect Burm for you!

Say hello to our Female TRIPLE-HET Albino/Green/Granite Burmese Python!  That’s right, a REAL trifecta of Burmese perfection.  With a little bit of just about everything’s genes and a friendly nature, this exquisite lady stands out above the rest.  Just like all other burms, she will get to her average size of about 12 feet once she reaches adulthood, which will eventually require a much bigger diet than needed now.  If properly cared for, she can reach up to 7feet in just a year! So you want to make sure you have the appropriate space and time needed to care for such a large animal.

Look at her, such a sweetie hanging out with Nick as he answers a concerned herper call. =D

Take this magnificent beauty home and don’t let THE MAN stop you from owning such a unique creature!  Say NO to Python Bans!   Til Next Time Herpers!

^O^……..Priscilla

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INSANITY!!!!

It’s an insane day here at The Reptile Zoo, with over 200 guests already accounted for by 12pm, and that’s JUST the IN STORE parties!  From 10am, an hour before actual opening, to 6pm was stacked with party animals and reptiles too! ;P  With so many people to attend to already, not to mention the customers here for animals purchases, feed, and the zoo; EVERYONE is running around crazy!

Just L@@k at the flood of people attending JUST Nick’s party for Nyaa’s birthday!!

Between parties, the guests in our zoo as well as lingering party people were able to witness one of the FIRST LIVE monitor feeding in their new humble abode!  All that breeding they’ve been doing all week and all DAY sure have worked up a “Monitorus” appetite =P.  An even COOLER happening in the zoo today was a rare sighting indeed.  One of our monitors stayed suburged under water for over 20 minutes!  Just taking a little stroll I suppose, but pretty awesome to witness nonetheless!  VERY RARE sighting!  L@@K!

Later after Nick’s party, I had a blast with Mallory and her friends and family.  Everyone was more than willing to pet and even HOLD majority of all our friendly critters, especially the ARACHNIDS!  Loud and proud the party attendees were chucking out question after question; yelp of excitement and giggles of joy!  I was more than pumped to accommodate their needs and show them a REAL One of a kind experience!

It’s a bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Superman! Nope….it’s BETTER!  It’s everyone’s favorite, blast from the past, Mike McConnell!  Infamous for his courageous and daring antics during his presentations, he has a natural knack for nabbing everyone’s full attention and interest (No it’s not just because he has half a finger ;P).   Across the shop you could hear the excited “Ooh’s” and “aww’s” creeping out of the presentation room, with an occasional “AAAAHHHH!”. 

Right when the parties end and we think the madness is over, we look up a BEHOLD!  Waves of Reptile Zoo guests rushing in to check out the zoo and visit Twinkie and Frank!  Today surley was a day to PARTYYY!!  Book your party today and experience the FUN you've been hearing about!  It'S OuT oF CoNtRoL!!! <3

^O^..............Priscilla

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Visitors from Tokyo, Japan!

Calling all Herpers of the world!

Looking for a cool new place to plan for your next vacation?  Why not plan a Reptile Zoo tour!!  Whether you stop by just to check it out and snap a few photos, meet Frank, or check out Twinkie the largest snake in the world, we have a massive selection of animals to scope out and even PET! 

Today we had a special guest, Kyohet of HerpLife magazine, visiting from Tokyo, Japan.  Thanks to owner Jay Brewer and snake charmer Tim O'Reilly, shutterbug Kyohet was kindly offered an opportunity to snap some extra special photos of our variety of reptile friends.  Jay spent time with our visitors informing them on different facets of the company, quick FAQ's on popular animals, and informed them on some of the new happenings around the shop, like Frank being a new Disney TV star!

Tim O'Reilly, Kyohet, Kyohet's friend, and Jay Brewer holding a beautiful Ultra Ivory =D

Jay shows Kyohet a special tub

  Sometimes the typical "walk-thru photo shoot" just isn't enough for our reptile enthusiasts.  If this sounds like you, we have the answer to your predicament!  We now have REPTILE ZOO TOURS!  For one hour, you get a extra special presentation, just like the Jurassic Parties.  Pretty sweet right?  Have a one of a kind hands on reptile experience and learn about all different types of snakes, arachnids, amphibians and MORE!  Check out our website @ www.jurassicparties.com for more info on booking your party TODAY!

Thank You Kyohet of HerpLife magazine for your visit and we send our reptilian love back with you to Japan!

Happy Herping to all our Herpers around the WORLD!  Make Prehistoic Pets a for sure stop on your next vacation!

Best Wishes from your American friends!

^O^..........Priscilla

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UPDATE: Welcome Peanut!

Good day Herpers!

It’s time for another exclusive Reptile Zoo blog, this time we’re keeping it in-store with an update on one of the reptilian families in our zoo.  Our two Monkey Tail Skinks, Simia and Simian, gave birth to a beautiful baby skink named Peanut not too long ago. 

Peanut <3

Peanut is very shy and is rarely seen outside of her hiding spot, luckily, Garrett spotted her ‘hanging out’ on her branch and I was able to snap some photos.  Luckily for Peanut, and unluckily for us, both male and female skinks are known to be territorial and often hostile towards members not a part of their family group, which can make for a difficult photo shoot. =P.

Although Peanut looks small now, she will be able to reach her adult size of 32 inches from nose to the tip of her tail.  As nocturnal animals, they rely heavily on their sense of smell, and use it to identify its territory and other members of its group.  As for that cute little prehensile monkey tail, it helps them maneuver from branch to branch with ease.  In addition to their tail, the legs and feet are well-adapted for climbing in the trees; the toes are long and armed with large, sharp claws that allow them to grip branches!  Pretty neat right?

Come by The Reptile Zoo and check out our Monkey Tail Skink family, hopefully Peanut will be in the mood for another photoshoot!  See you around the shop Herpers and happy hunting!

^O^........Priscilla

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Royal Regalis

Here at Prehistoric Pets , we are infamous for our ornate morphs and breed selections throughout the reptile kingdom.  But what about our friends, the Arachnids?  Staffer and fellow “Arachnologist” Mike McConnell was able to snap a few, might I say, Prize shots of our different furry friends. (They let him, He’s one of THEM! O.o )  Today’s edition of The Reptile zoo Bits and Bites will be following the species Poecilotheria Regalis, a.k.a. Indian Ornamental.

Maybe your familiar with Camo, our Indian Ornamental in The Reptile Zoo .  Although Camo can blend in with his surroundings, don’t underestimate his beauty and intricacy!  This whole genus of arboreal tarantulas displays a sophisticated fractal-like pattern on the abdomen.  Their striking beauty is one to be appreciated and noted.   Just L@@K!!

Setting up camp in the holes of the tall trees in Southeastern India, they spend a great deal of their time making irregular funnel webs.  However, despite this thick cotton like funnel web they create, they use pure unadulterated tarantula AWESOMENESS to ‘manually’ catch AND paralyze their prey! O.O !  I sure wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of THAT pseudo ninja trick!

It is suggested that you be somewhat educated or experienced in the handling of different tarantulas before purchasing a Regalis as a pet.  Their speed and intense venom can be a bit overbearing for someone not as prepared for their feisty ‘tudes.  With a growth span of up to 7 inches, they make beautiful display spiders for any Arachnid keeper looking to add to their collection. 

Next time your visiting Prehistoric Pets, don't forget to stop in to The Reptile Zoo and say hello to Camo!!  I guarentee you WON'T be disappointed!  Until next time Herpers!

Ciao!

^O^.........Priscilla

 

 

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