Giving Thanks... FOR FOOOOOOD

Thanksgiving is coming and I don’t know about you guys, but here at Prehistoric Pets we’re pumped about FOOD!!! With the busy season over we’ve had time to really buckle down and improve our selection of feeders. Prehistoric Pets now offers all kinds of delicious and nutritious food for you and your scaly friends! First off, we’ve added a selection of frozen mice, rats, and guinea pigs for people who prefer to feed frozen/thawed, and secondly, we’ve expanded our selection of insect feeders for our lizard, frog, and spider friends! In this blog, we will go over the relative merits of each particular feeder, and how you can know what to feed your pet!

Frozen vs. Pre-killed vs. Live Rodents!

There are pros and cons to each style of feeding, and ultimately it comes down to either personal preference, or in some cases, pet preference. The best thing to do is find out what works for you! When feeding snakes, chose a feeder that is as big around as your snake is at its widest point. When feeding lizards, pick a rodent that is about as big around as the narrowest point of its neck. Remember to size your rodents up as your pet grows!

BUGS FOR DAYS!

We haven’t just improved our selection of rodents; we’ve expanded our bugs as well!! Prehistoric Pets now offers three different sizes of Dubia Roaches, as well as a great new feeder, Goliath Worms! Each feeder has its merits, and we’ve included a handy little chart here to give you a breakdown of the nutritional content of each particular bug!

Crickets are a staple feeder; they’re easily accessible and pretty cheap. However, they are smelly and do like to jump and escape, and can even bite your pet if left in the cage. Dubia roaches, while pricier, have double the protein of crickets and none of the nasty side effects. Careful if you use loose bedding though, because they do like to dig. Superworms are great if you have larger lizards, as they tend to impact smaller ones because of their tough chitin exoskeleton. Goliath worms don’t have that same exoskeleton, making them easier to digest. They are also mostly water, which makes them excellent for rehydrating more tropical species like chameleons. Wax worms are beneficial for smaller lizards like geckos, or for an animal you are trying to fatten up as they have the highest fat content. Last and kind of least comes mealworms. They are better for smaller animals that can’t eat superworms, but lack a lot of protein and calcium due to their tough exoskeleton and small body size.

While that just about wraps it up for your pet's food. Now go enjoy some turkey!!! Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Reptile Zoo Reaches Out

Inspiring the next generation of animal lovers has always been a big part of the Reptile Zoo’s mission, and even more so inspiring the next generation of reptile keepers! Jurassic Parties and the Reptile Zoo have run giveaways for class pets in the past, so when Giovanni, president of the Creature Club at Enochs High School reached out to us, we were happy to help.

“The club is based on education; my hopes for this club are for us to be able to expand our collection of animals and go out to reptile shows, middle schools, elementary schools, and have our own events in order to educate people on animals that are often misunderstood such as snakes and lizards. I was wondering if The Reptile Zoo could sponsor us that way we could continue on our goals. Fundraising has changed at my school (Enochs High School) so it is really hard to do our fundraisers now so I was hoping to get sponsors for my club. Reptiles have always truly amazed me and I'm hoping that my club can really help bring a new light to these magnificent creatures. Thanks so much for wanting to help us out!”

The Reptile Zoo was able to donate not only a baby ball python to the club, but a full setup so that it could also live in comfort and style as goes on to live as an educational animal. We wish luck to Giovanni and the rest of the Creature Club, and are happy to support their educational message!!