Forget Jurassic Park... WE have the Real Deal!

Familiar with Steven Spielberg’s major hit movie “Jurassic Park”?  Well if you’re a fan of ours, I’m SURE you’ve seen the film that sparked the interest in Prehistoric creatures worldwide.  In the iconic film, many dinosaurs and scientific theories were shown and explained but many people were left curious about our ancient ancestors.  Fortunatley, we have a chunk of that history RIGHT HERE in Fountain Valley, CA at Prehistoric Pets/ The Reptile Zoo!  We house several types of unique fossils from all kinds of prehistoric beings and plants.  Today’s blog is focusing on the ever so favored, Velociraptor! 

Measuring at a whopping almost 7 feet in length, this mid sized hunter sported jaws lined with 26–28 widely spaced teeth on each side, each more strongly serrated on the back edge than the front.  Too add to their ferocious build, they also had a large “hands” with three strongly curved claws.  The second claw, for which Velociraptors are most famous, was highly modified and held off of the ground. The relatively large, sickle-shaped enlarged claw, which could be over 2.6 in long around its outer edge, was most likely a predatory device used to tear into prey and possibly deliver a fatal blow!  HOWEVER, the "raptors" portrayed in Jurassic Park were modeled after a larger relative, Deinonychus, so Velociraptors are actually quite smaller in size than depicted! 

This astounding creature dates back to be about 80-85 million years old and have been predominately found in the areas of Mongolia.  Velociraptors are believed to may have been able to run up to roughly 40 mph for short bursts and may have even hunted in packs!  Unlike other well-known fossils that have been discovered, about a dozen Velociraptor fossils have been found, including one ever so famous example that died in a battle to the death with Protoceratops!  Check it out!! >>>


Velociraptors had fairly large brains compared to other dinosaur species, which made them one of the most intelligent of the dinosaurs.  The study of dinosaur skulls reveals that the Velociraptor had excellent hearing, a powerful sense of smell, and binocular vision. That sounds like a pretty awesome dinosaur!   Most fossils and skeletons are held in world famous museums and sites BUT you can come to Prehistoric Pets/ The Reptile Zoo and check out Velociraptor EGGS we have on display!!  That’s right, Fossil EGGS that at one period in time, could have housed baby raptor hatchlings!  D’Awwweee!

Velociraptor Eggs

Don’t forget, we have MANY more fossils in stock for display and for sale.  Make sure to pick one up for someone special and give the unique gift of Prehistoric presents!


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This morning we learned from USARK (United States Association of Reptile Keepers) that Congressman Tom Rooney (R-FL) had introduced HR511, a bill to ammend the Lacey Act (title 18) to prohibit the importation of 9 species of constricting snakes, to the US House of Representatives. Below is the official post from USARK with details on how you can get involved to help protect our jobs, passions, and pets.


HR 511, a bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the importation of various injurious species of constrictor snakes; Indian python, Python molurus, including the Burmese python, Python molurus bivittatus; reticulated python, Broghammerus reticulatus; Northern African python,Python sebae; Southern African python, Python natalensis; Boa constrictor; yellow anaconda, Eunectes notaeus; DeSchauensee’s anaconda, Eunectes deschauenseei; green anaconda, Eunectes murinus; and the Beni anaconda, Eunectes beniensis, in the US House of Representatives, was introduced January 26, 2011 by Congressman Tom Rooney (R-FL) . 

Congressman Rooney has taken action to move HR 511! This bill seeks to add 9 constricting snakes to the Injurious Wildlife List of the Lacey Act. HR 511 has been scheduled for a Markup Hearing before the US House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday February 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM EST.

>>There is very little time to voice opposition to this bill that could devistate the Reptile Community. Please participate in the USARK Call In Campaign TODAY!<<


Talking Points:

Will destroy thousands of jobs and small family businesses; $104 million annual economic impact.
Criminalize the actions of over 1 million American Citizens; Lacey Act felons.
Federal action to address a localized problem in South Florida is unnecessary; the State of Florida and US Fish & Wildlife have already taken draconian measures.
Underlying science has been criticized by scientists from around the world.
Creates a massive animal welfare problem, potentially displacing millions of animals.

Key Members of House Judiciary Committee:

Lamar Smith (R-TX)- 202-225-4236
Sensenbrenner (R-WI)- 202-225-5101
Coble (R-NC)- 202-225-3065
Issa (R-CA)- 202-225-3906
Gohmert (R-TX)- 202-225-3035
Chaffetz (R-UT)- 202-225-7751
Gowdy (R-SC)- 202-225-6030
Poe (R-TX)- 202-225-6565
Goodlatte (R-VA)- 202-225-5431



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My Tarantula plays dead..... NOT!

All joking aside, the question of tarantulas shedding has plagued the brains of curious kids and herpers alike.  We are here with the answers, DUH. Answer: They shed off their old skin much like snakes, but HOW?  What EXACTLY do they do?  Let us explain…

The shed like process the tarantula endures is called “Molting”.  Noticing your spider is balding or perhaps it has been refusing to eat for a few weeks?  The process has started.  Wake up to find your 8 legged friend playing dead and laying on its back upside down? This is a clear marker for the beginning stages of Molting, however be sure to keep your spider undisturbed while this happens because the molting process can be very stressful to the spider and the sensitive creature needs a calm environment to molt. 

This tarantula is on its back, preparing itself for molting.

Once it has started this molting process, as the old exoskeleton is shed, the tarantula's body will be soft and extremely vulnerable. The tarantula will pump fluid pressure in its body to get the carapace, or upper section, to pop off first.  The abdomen will split along its sides, and the spider will continue to slowly pump fluid in its limbs to ooze the old skin off its legs. Sounds pretty gross huh?!  This can take anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours!  Once it is split, the spider wriggles out of its old skin by pulling itself out of the casing, kind of like pulling yourself out of PJ’s with feeties =P

 Mid Molt.... This specimen is pulling itself out of their old exoskeleton (Like the PJ's with feeties ;D)

Now your tarantula has molted! Once emerged from its old skin, it will be highly soft, tender and sensitive.  Do not handle your tarantula for at least a week after it has molted and make sure the spider has fresh water and do not attempt to feed your spider for at least three days after molting. Their highly sensitive state makes them vulnerable to insect injuries.  One amazing thing associated with the molting process is the regeneration ability.  If the spider is missing a leg it can be restored during the molting process!!  After shedding, the spider will almost shine for a while due to the fluid that was between its old skin and the new exoskeleton.  Its fangs will be white and rubbery; the tarantula won't be able to eat until they harden and it will sit defenseless, until its new exoskeleton dries. The molt looks much like a spidey-clone and is often kept as souvenirs, just like typical snake shed.  Your tarantula is growing and will continue to molt once every 1-2 years.  There you have it Herpers, so next time you think your tarantula is playing dead, just leave it be, he’s growin’ new threads ;D.

Hope all your curiosities and questions have been answered! =D



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This Weeks Deal: Juvi Albino Corn Snakes!

Most commonly known as a Corn Snake, the red rat snake has slithered its way into our hearts and our homes.  In a totally Non-threatening kinda way of course! ;-P  Becoming one of the most popular choices for beginner snakes alongside the ball python, Corn snakes have made a solid name for themselves with their docile nature, moderate size and beautiful colors.  Unfortunately their silly name wasn’t given to them because of their love for popcorn or corn on the cob, but instead, the name "corn snake" is a holdover from when farmers kept harvested ears of corn in a wood frame and rodents came to eat the corn, and corn snakes came to feed on the rodents.  Pretty gnarly circle of life huh? 

After many generations of selective breeding, domesticated corn snakes are found in a wide variety of different colors and patterns, about 45 generics to guesstimate.  Here at Prehistoric Pets, we have just about every general color morph you could ask for.  You have options for separate snakes or for breeding groups depending on what morph you’re looking to own. Luckily for all soon to be corn snake owners, we are hosting a GREAT deal on ALL our Juvi Albino Corn Snakes WITH starter kits!  That’s right, come in this week, save $61 and walk out with your corn snake AND everything you need to house him all in ONE quick and easy stop.  Included in the package is your snake, 20gal long glass enclosure, UTH, Thermometer, 8qt Aspen, water bowl, hide and admission into our infamous Reptile Zoo!  If you thought it couldn’t get better…for an additional $85 you can UPGRADE your enclosure to the 33x16x16” Critter Condo!  O.O !

33x16x16 Critter Condo

Not too sure if corn snakes are right for you?  Worried the internet won’t have all the info you need to care for your new pet?  WE have the answers for YOU!  Pick up one of our outstanding publications on your special pet along with your kit and follow us on Facebook, Reptile Zoo Blog and Youtube for educational videos and posts.  Here is a short video clip on the corn snakes for sale and a little bit about their temperament.  Enjoy!

Hurry in while supplies last!


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REPTILES Magazine at The Reptile Zoo


A couple months ago we got the call from REPTILES magazine offering us the opportunity to partner on a upcoming project, of course we responded with YES! REPTILES magazine and are industry leaders as a high quality resource for all info reptile related. We were excited to learn Reptiles was looking to launch a video care series for first time reptile owners and wanted Jay, founder of Prehistoric Inc. to share his knowledge on the some of the most common starter pets. This seemed like the perfect fit; here at Prehistoric one of our main goals of our organization is to improve reptile awareness and proper care through responsible reptile ownership.



With some discussion on what animals to start the series Jay and REPTILES/ editor Russ Case decided on the Bearded Dragon, Sulcatta Tortoise, Blue Tongue Skink, Frilled Dragon, as well as Jay’s specialties the Reticulated Python and Asian Water Monitor. The plan was to provide the basic details for each of these animals covering questions like: Where in the wild does the species originally come from? How big does it get? How long does it typically live in captivity? What kind of substrate is good to use? and What does it eat? Along with these facts we also used the opportunity of film to show samples of the animals in a yearling and adult size, as well as suggested products.



After all the planning we were finally ready to film. Last Monday editor Russ Case, web editor John Virata and the filming crew Shawn and Paul arrived at The Reptile Zoo ready to for a day filled with reptiles, cameras, and loads of great information on reptile care. Guests to The Reptile Zoo had the opportunity to act as the live audience watching the interaction and personalities of Jay and Russ develop through the informal interview format of the videos. Set behind Gator Island, the newest addition to The Reptile Zoo, the surroundings proved an easy distraction during filming with Prehistoric’s signature Sulfur Water Monitor breeding project in action and Frank the Asian Water Monitor currently featured on Disney Channel’s JESSIE walking in and out of the shots.



Just when the crew thought filming was done for the day, Reticulated Python breeding specialist, Tim O’Reilly invited the REPTILES team to watch the unveiling of the newest clutch of eggs. The offer was too good to refuse so the team moved the set into the incubator room where every snake produced by Prehistoric Pets is incubated and assisted in hatching and almost every one of these hatchings is filmed for viewers around the world to enjoy on our popular YouTube channel, PrehistoricPetsTV.


Video Link



At the end of the day Jay had to head out to start on his next project, but the REPTILES crew stuck around just a bit longer to capture some b-roll footage of the animals on a white backdrop to insert into the completed videos.



It was a great day at The Reptile Zoo with the REPTILES crew and we are anxious to see the final product which is set to launch on and our YouTube channel in the coming months.



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Oh My Michelle!

 Prehistoric Pets has been a family owned business for many years and all the associate have also become like a family.  You have been introduced to old and new faces throughout the years.  Today we bring you newest newbie face, Michelle Rodruiguez!

Michelle has been interested in reptiles pretty much her entire life, but in the past 2 or 3 years she picked up the hobby seriously.  Now proud owners of SEVERAL reptiles, Michelle and her children have their own reptile zoo at home!  With 2 Ball Pythons "Vixen" and "Kazaz", a Crested Gecko "Lola", a Beardie "Firecracker" and a Tarantula named "Freak", Michelle is definitely experienced with all sorts of different reptile species.   She says some of her favorite reptiles are Ball Pythons and Dum's, which is also where she says her expertise, is based.  Michelle also shared with us her ABSOLUTE favorite reptile EVER, the Gaboon Vipers!  When asked what was it that made her so interested in THAT particular snake, she replied, "They're pattern is SO gorgeous and they have the highest venom yield of any venomous snake in the world!.... It's so intriguing to see such a beautiful and powerfully venomous snake."  Nice choice there Michelle =D.

Michelle plays "Mimic" with our baby Anaconda <3  "GGRRAAWWRRR"

Here at Prehistoric Pets, Michelle is one of the many bright faces you see caring for all our retail animals and assisting customers through the store.  “Being able to help and educate new and experienced herpers is one of my favorite things” she said when asked about what she enjoys most when working at Prehistoric Pets.   She specializes in ball pythons and Dum's and hopes to own more reptiles in the future.  On top of being a great new employee, Michelle keeps up spirits here at the shop.  Our official “Mother Hen” can smell a bad mood a mile away and crushes it with a joke and a hug X-D.  Welcome to the Family Michelle! 


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Python Ban: The Discussion

In several of the documents relating to the addition of several species of snakes to the Lacey Act the assumption is made that during the periods of public comment very few responses were received, and those that were received were carefully considered.

Question 12:  What prompted the reopening of the public comment period of the proposed rule to list the Indian (Burmese) python and eight other large constrictor snakes as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act?

Answer:   In response to a number of requests from stakeholders, the Service granted an additional 30 days for the public comment period on the proposed rule for a total of 90 days.  

Question 13:  How many public comments did the Service receive? 

Answer:  The Service received about 56,500 comments for the proposed rule.  The public can view these comments at under Docket No. FWS-R9-FHC-2008-0015.  A final determination was made after a comprehensive review of the scientific data and the information contained in comments submitted by the public and peer reviewers


Here at Prehistoric Pets we believe it is the duty of those in office to protect the rights and wishes of their constituents and the duty of those constituents to get involved and carry an open discussion with their elected officials.

This is why we have stayed constantly involved in the discussion emailing, calling, and scheduling meetings with our representatives. Today’s blog includes our letter to Senator Feinstein and Senator Boxer explaining our concerns for this legislation. We did not receive the response we had wished for, but at least our voice was heard.

Senator Boxer / Senator Feinstein ,


My name is Jay Brewer. I live and work in Orange County, Ca., actually for the past 22 years I have run and operated my small business, Prehistoric Pets.  I emailed you a bit early about setting up a one on one meeting regarding S 373. Below I have included some information on myself, my business, and my concerns for this bill. If we don't get a chance to meet I would appreciate if you could at least understand my stance on this subject and why this cause is so important.

When I opened Prehistoric Pets, as Pet Country, in 1988 the store focused on providing quality pets and service to our customers. As our stock of exotic reptiles grew we had the opportunity to expand first into a 5000 sq ft location in 1992, and then expand again in 2000. Our inventive set-up was the first of its kind, which I designed to create a zoo-like atmosphere with the philosophy“build it and they will come.” This philosophy proved correct and new customers started visiting the store to observe exotic reptiles, which are not displayed at even the largest of zoos.

This collection of specialized and rare reptiles also set apart, as a large online provider of quality reptiles. Demand for a new variety of high-end reptiles led to an increase of specialty breeding projects behind the scenes at our Fountain Valley location. These online sales, exported around the world and throughout the US, quickly became a very successful and large source of income for Prehistoric Pets. In 1995, we also began promoting our party business, Jurassic Parties, which proved very successful. Through Jurassic Parties we were able to educate the public at both schools and private events about reptiles using hands-on interaction with reptiles these children would have otherwise only read about in science books , to this day we have provided over 12,000 of these educational presentations across Southern California. These two factors combined allowed the 2000 expansion to its current size of 10,000 sq ft, with the most zoo-like experience over doubling our location size and producing a banner year in 2005.

As owner I have used difficult economic periods as a time to find a new niches Prehistoric Pets could settle into. From a 2000 gallon pond in the middle of the store, filled with Giant tropical fish to the displays exhibiting thousands of exotic reptiles of all sizes, Prehistoric Pets is a zoo. Over the summer we converted half of our location into a paid admission zoo, The Reptile Zoo, that serves as an educational center involving hands-on interaction with various types of reptiles. The support from customers, especially mothers, has been overwhelming. They love The Reptile Zoo and Prehistoric Pets as a destination for low price high benefit education entertainment for their children.

Unfortunately S 373 threatens to obliterate my passion and the business I have put my heart and soul into for the past 25 years also destroy an education resource for thousands of families throughout Orange and Los Angeles County without solving the problem it seeks to correct in South Florida.

As I had mentioned before along with running our 10,000 sq ft reptile zoo we are also one of the premiere breeders of Reticulated Pythons , honestly, in the world. We focus in the breeding of specialty "morphs", or color and pattern variations, that are completely impossible in the wild. With 25 years of this specialized breeding I have grown quite a stock in captive bred animals, making it extremely rare to ever import an animal from the wild.

Here in California we enjoy rather wonderful weather, but the majority of the United States is not as privileged with average temperatures in the high sixties. But even in such a warm weather I must spend thousands of dollars monthly to provide specialized heating for every single one of my snakes. You must understand, especially in these tough economic times, I would love to cut costs and stop paying for this heat but without it my animals would quickly catch colds, yes they can catch colds just like people, and sadly die. The same is true for breeders and reptile owners across the country that spend millions of dollars every year to provide specialized environments and care for our animals that would not be able to survive without our support. The reason it would be so impossible for these animals to survive even with balmy day temperatures of 60-80 degrees here in Southern California is their absolute reliance on surrounding temperatures. Snakes are cold blooded, which means unlike humans they cannot raise their own body temperature. Though they might enjoy the warm temperatures during the day with the extreme drop in temperature each night these snakes wouldn’t be able to bring their body temperature back up to a safe level, resulting in as I mentioned before severe colds and a quick death.

Another issue I see with this bill is regarding the actual "invasive threat" of these pythons and boas. Boas have lived in Mexico from the beginning of time and have not crossed the border or been cause for worry regarding infestation or destruction of wildlife... and even Burmese pythons have been in the Everglades for the last twenty something years without moving far north let alone the entire US. When you look at any study of the natural habitat of these pythons then follow the latitude line to where it crosses the United States you will find highest range these pythons can survive crosses into only a small section of Florida and nowhere else in the United States. If there is a problem in Florida it should be a state level with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee, as it currently is.

Thank you so much for hearing me out. I look forward to the opportunity to talk with you face to face in the very near future.

How was your voice heard? Have you contacted your representatives? Were you able to schedule an appointment to meet with one of their staff? What was their response?

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Now A Word From Your Sponsors...

Prehistoric Pets has worked closely with schools, churches and programs of all sorts to bring fun and first time experiences to the lives of children in our community.  From hosting parties for schools and scouts, to sponsoring teams and kids in special programs, we have had years of experience with giving back to our young ones!  Just recently, Prehistoric Pets/ The Reptile Zoo/ Jurassic Parties decided to sponsor the Boys Varsity soccer team from Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale, CA and had them visit the shop and Zoo after their last CIF playoff game this week.

The Environmental Charter School (ECS) is a school unlike our traditional public schools; in fact, it’s a free public charter school that operates independent of a traditional school district.  “The mission of Environmental Charter High School is to inspire students to discover their own sense of purpose, to equip all students with the knowledge and skills to graduate from college and to empower them to become quality stewards of their community and world.” quotes the home site for ECS.  On top of their challenging programs, students are required to use concepts and skills learned in class to problem-solve local civic and environmental matters, and take action to make an impact.   ECS extends learning beyond the classroom walls as they complete community service, participate in service learning projects, join outdoor education field trips, and are encouraged to take internships.  This is just a few of the things that make ECS so wonderful and unique, visit their website for more information!

The boys came in and visited us for the first time just this past weekend; they got to meet Frank, Twinkie, Willy and many more as they cruised thru the Zoo corridors and stopped by the photo booth to hold some cool reptiles!  They were accompanied by their coach and our fellow staffer, Daniel Pask who has been coaching the almost 20 member team for the entire season.  Some of the boys were psyched to check out the animals in the zoo while a few were ducking under their friends for cover from the “scurry snakey-do”! hee hee =P.  Thanks to our sponsorship, the team was able to afford NEW home and away jerseys! Congrats guys!   Visit our homepage for info on how YOU can become part of the Prehistoric Pets team!

Daniel and the Boys Varisty Soccer team for ECHS pose with a Burmese Python and Sulcata tortoise

Congratulations on making it to CIF playoff’s boys and thank you for visiting our store!  We look forward to more involvement in future programs and events for our community. 



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Iggy Mania!

Hey there reptile lovers!  Today's edition of the Reptile Zoo blog is featuring our Prehistoric Pet of the Week, the Iguana, which is luckily for SALE! =D  Maybe you've spotted one along the beach being escorted around via leash or one hanging off the shoulder of a passer-by.  It's hard NOT to spot 7 feet of bright lizard stomping down the walk!  Ever want to own one of these majestic creatures?  Well now Prehistoric Pets makes it EASY as pie!   MmmmMMmm Piieee... ^o^... Oops!  Sorry, I went to la la land for a second hee hee ;P.

This beautiful female Cuban Iguana has the temperament of a shy lizard Queen, do what she asks and she'll be good to you, after she's warmed up to you of course =P.  She's the boss of her cage and demands to be held proper and often, making her one of the sweetest Cuban Iguana's I’ve come into contact with. Cuban Iguanas are the largest of the West Indian rock iguanas and one of the most endangered groups of lizards. This herbivorous species has red eyes, a thick tail, and spiked jowls.  Aint she a beauty...

More commonly recognized is the Green Iguana.  It grows to 4.9 ft in length from head to tail, although a few specimens have grown more than 6.6 ft with bodyweights upward of 20 pounds!  Green Iguanas are arboreal, and are often found near water. Agile climbers, they can fall up to 50 feet and land unhurt (iguanas use their hind leg claws to clasp leaves and branches to break a fall)o.O! During cold, wet icky weather, green iguanas prefer to stay on the ground for better warmth. Pretty smart huh?

Juvi Green Iguana

When swimming, an iguana remains underwater, letting its four legs hang limply against its side. They thrust through the water with powerful tail strokes and possess a row of spines along their backs and tails which helps to protect them from predators.  Their whip-like tails can be used to give painful strikes and like many other lizards, when grabbed by the tail, the iguana can allow it to break, so it can escape and eventually restore a new one!  Green Iguanas have excellent vision, allowing them to sense shapes and motions at long distances. As Green Iguanas have only a few Rod cells, they have poor vision in low-light.  At the same time, they have cells called “double cone cells” that give them sharp color vision and let them to see ultraviolet wavelengths. That's what I call a SUPEReptile =P

Green Iguana

So no matter what the size, gender or color choice, Prehistoric Pets has the answer and reptile for YOU!  Check out our homepage by scrolling to the top of the page and clicking the Prehistoric Pets tab for quick and easy search options.  There you can inquire and keep updated on any available or soon to be available reptiles. 


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Happy Valentine's Day!

Ahh, Love is in the air here at Prehistoric Pets/ The Reptile Zoo.  Our reptile friends are snuggled up with their companions celebrating the holiday spirit with us.  What are YOU doing this Valentine’s Day?  Need last minute gift or date ideas?  Why not take your sweetheart HERE and share your special day with US!  Buy feeders for your pet, fossils for your sweetheart or something cool for yourself, either way, it’s a sure to please gift idea for this Valentine’s Day.

We’re loaded from wall to wall with all types of offers from reptiles with starter kits, toys, apparel, fossils and gems!  Men and women can find something neat to take home to someone special in your life, old or young.  Already we have sold several of our Valentine’s Day exclusive fossils, gems and jewelry, and have had tons of families and ‘twitterpated’ couples hover about the Zoo.  Seems like just about everyone is in the LoVe MoOd ;D…

Make a legendary story to beat all Valentine’s Day gifts to come and take home a new pet fully set up in a starter kit, maybe even stick one of our cute heart shaped Ammonite fossil jewelry boxes inside hiding a secret gift keychain, necklace or ring!  Don’t take my word and my awesomely cute pictures for it, just swing on by Prehistoric Pets and see for yourself!  Heck, while you’re at it, stop in The Reptile Zoo and share the love with all our happy reptile couples. =D

Hee hee!  Suave.... very suave.  Don't let these cute little reptiles out shine YOUR Valentine's day ideas, HURRY IN NOW AND PICK UP SOMETHING UNIQUE AND EXTRA SPECIAL FOR YOUR SPECIAL SOMEONE! <3  We've got it ALL!

Til next time guys!  Ciao!


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