Jurassic Fact of the Week!

One of our favorite party animals here at the Reptile Zoo is Popcorn, the Cornsnake!  He is a very well-tempered snake...as are most cornsnakes...and they make very good pets.  They get their name from living in cornfields to eat the mice that eat the corn....the circle of life.   : )

They can be bright orange like Popcorn, or a range of darker orange patterns...as well as albino, a VERY light orange.  Popcorn likes to eat small mice, but cornsnakes can get big enough to eat small to medium rats!  We have plenty to see here at the Reptile Zoo, so come say hi to Popcorn and all his friends!



Beautiful.  Good Job Popcorn.   : )

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John Wayne is Gravid!

Hey Guys!

I have exciting news! I do believe that our very favorite Ameva here at the Reptile Zoo is gravid!  His name is, or was rather, John Wayne... I guess you could be a girl named John Wayne couldn't you?  And we are gonna have a ton of little green army men and patriots soon!  We could build our own Ameva army and send them into battle!  It's all so very exciting!

This specific Ameva is my very favorite!  He gets so super excitied everytime I open his cage!!!  He runs around all crazy, he catches crickets and comes and shows them to me, all the while wiggling his little tail like a puppy in a kindegarten class!  It make me very happy to see them all so excited! 

But if we have more????  That's even more excitement and fun!

cross your fingers and wish them luck!

much love,


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Vince & Savannah Pull a clutch!

Hey Guys!

The early bird catches the worm and the early employee catches the clutch!

Sometimes the best time to be here is before anyone else is, then you get lucky!  Like his morning for example, Vince and I came in super early because sometimes we like to do extra work and take even better care of all the animals than we already do, and we got to pull a retic clutch!  It was my 1st retic clutch, but Vince is a seasoned professional and Tim was there too so I felt pretty safe.  Mama retics have a lot of spunk when it comes to pulling their eggs, soooooooooooooo Vince did most of the hard work.  All in all it was a beautiful morning and we walked away with about 25 bringht and shiny white and new eggs....

For all of you genetic people all that here is what makes what and whatever

a female genetic stripe + an albino tiger titanium = half a clutch of triple het albino titanium genetic stripes & the other half will be tiger triple het albino titanium genetic stripes

that's a crazy bunch of something

much love

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Jurassic Fact of the Week!

Time for another episode of JFW!

This week let's meet Vince...if you haven't already.  He is one of our party presenters, as well as monitor-breeder extraordinaire.  Instead of bringing a sweet, but small, savannah monitor to all of his parties...he goes for the large, and impressive, Frank, a 6-foot asian water monitor.  When he's not educating kids at parties, he's here at the Zoo feeding, taming, caring for, and breeding many of our monitors.  Vince has a real knack for breeding monitors, and a real love for them as intelligent, tenacious creatures.  Here's a pic of Vince with his buddy, Frank.

Awesome job Vince....we love you!!

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Prehistoric Adventure Camp!

Hey Guys!

Check this out!


June 27-July 1 | Monday-Friday | 10:00am-3:00pm

| ages 7-9 Location: Bonita Creek Park, Newport Beach, CA |


Dig fossils, handle live snakes, and play games; every day is a new adventure when you make it a Prehistoric Adventure. Campers will enjoy educational activities covering the ecosystem, habitat, food chain, senses, and camouflage taught by certified teachers. Campers will receive a camp shirt and workbook filled with everything they learned on their Prehistoric Adventure; plus a six-month passport to The Reptile Zoo to continue their hands-on reptile education.

Are you on the top of the food chain? Then don’t forget to pack your lunch.

Prehistoric Adventures.

Click on the link above and then click on View Activities.... where it says enter activity number or key word, type Prehistoric Adventures and then we will pop up!!!!!


Registration begins online March 24 Save 10% with the Early Bird Discount for registration before May 5 Visit the City of Newport Beach for more details or click the link above.

Do it!

It will be so much fun!

much love



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Answers to all your questions!

Hey Guys!

I finally pinned Jay down and got him to answer all of your questions from today!!!!! And believe me, that’s waaaaaaaaaaay harder to do than you could ever imagine! So here they are, enjoy!

Lance Bell

Q Because

A I don’t think because is a question, but if it is the answer is because I said so!

Kaysie Cox Q What is rounder than a ring? What is higher than the trees? What is worse than a woman's curse? What is deeper than the seas?

A Sorry Kaysie, I’m not into Celtic music, I’m a more into Contemporary Christian music. The Sandcarvers are ok I guess. 

Robin Wolf

Q how easy is it to get salmonella?

A If you eat the feces it is very easy, it is transmitted through reptile feces so if your hands are clean and you don’t put them in your mouth when they are dirty, you will be ok. Nick Moon

Q Where can I find a white phase albino or het for albino female tic that would be ready to breed next year and shipped to Kansas??

A Unfortunately you will have to keep your eyes out and search then net, check back with us in a while or email Garrett at info@prehistoricpets.com but if you are looking for a bargain, just keep yourt eye out but buyer beware, make sure you get the right sex as 2 males will kill each other. It’s better to buy one that is not quite old enough to breed yet or else you might be buying someone else’s problem.

David Crotty

Q Jay.... Bigfoot.... whats the story mate?

A It’s really my cousin running around in the woods, don’t tell anybody, but that’s why I wear a shirt in all the videos we make.

Paul Riddell

Q Can I have a dinosaur?

A WE will not release our secret breeding projects yet, until we have them completely established.

Siavash Mirzaei

Q why cant jay buy or breed GODZILLA!!!!!! then it would be the best prehistoric place ever!!! better than 65 million years ago!

A It’s going to take us a while but we have some magical stuff going on in the back room, that’s why we live so close to the ocean, right now we are trying morph some sea monkeys.

Ren Tarango

Q I got questions but doubt id get an answer so ill leave it at that...ok ill ask one but that's all...who put the ape in apericot???

A Wow, that’s waaaaaay above my pay scale

Wayne Sullivan Rawlinson

Q Why do women go to the loo in pairs? What the hell do they talk about in there?

A They are wonder what new retic morphs I’m going to try to create next year, and what will be hot… besides me of course. ROL

Don Julian

Q Why are we here?

A To learn, to love, to breathe and to help each other . And if you get all those down, living is a pretty fun thing to do.

Oh then Jay sings a song...............

Much Love


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It's official, I'm a Nerd :)

Heeeeeeeeeeeeey Guys!

I've missed ya'll so very much!  I just went on a vacation to Florida to see some awesome and amazing animals!  I think it's really cool that when reptile or animal enthusiasts, breeders, etc come here we welcome them with open arms and that when we go out and about on wild adventures, the same courtesy is extended to us!  Jay for example, just got back from a trip to Europe where he was treated like a king by Mark & Dean at The Reptile Room, and while I was on my trip, Safari Todd and the good folks at Jungle Adventures Nature Park Zoo treated me like a princess!  We are very grateful to all of the wonderful people in our industry that share our love for all things cold and warm blooded.

I've been working here at The Reptile Zoo in beautiful southern California for a while now and I will let you all in on a little secret, when I came to work here, let's just say I knew alot about alligators, and not much else.  Jay and Tim and Lynda have been amazing teachers and I have learned so much without even trying!  A great example of that came about when I was driving my son Gage up to Jacksonville to skate a contest and we passed the billboard for the alligator farm in St. Augustine that just so happened to have a huge retic on it and "OMG! That's a retic" I scream!!!!  and my son says, "Mom, you're a reptile nerd now!"

At that point I thought to myself, no way, that couldn't be true........

Until we pass a gigantic Florida River Cooter on the side of the road and I slam on the breaks and jump out of the car to have my son take a picture of me holding it.  Again, my son goes, "yeah, see, you're a total nerd"

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!  Again I deny it.....

But then we went to see my friend Safari Todd and play with some alligators and while I'm watching his animal presentation I realize that I know waaaaaaaaaaaaay more about animals than I ever wanted to know or wanted to admit..........

And at that point, I decided to embrace it!

I, Savannah Boan, am officially a Nerd, I am accepting it, embracing it and am proud of it.  Thanks to all that have helped me along this journey!

I hope you guys enjoy all the pics!

much love


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Jurassic Fact of the Week!

Aloha everyone!

So this week let's talk about parties!! The most basic, and most common party that we do, is called The Reptile Zoo Party. It takes place here at the zoo and includes one hour in one of our party rooms, a one-hour presentation with 12-15 animals, admission for 30 people to the zoo, and a whole lotta fun!! Check out jurassicparties.com for prices and availability. With any questions, call 714-964-3525.

So, don't have a boring party....have a Jurassic Party!!!

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Surprise Babies!!!

Yesterday we found an awesome surprise. Two eggs in the Leopard Gecko cage by the photo booth!

So all you guys that come in all the time...your favorite geckos just had babies! No nestbox, no signs...but a really cool surprise. Check it out!!

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Hoo-ray for Volunteers!

Good Saturday Everyone!

Weekends here at the RZ are so crazy, that we just LOVE having awesome volunteers to help out. Today, I want you guys to meet Adam. He's a huge help, loves reptiles, and has a favorite store snake....a ball python which he named "Spot". He helps with the hands-on station, and even with parties. Come in on the weekends and meet him, and wish him a Happy 12th Birthday on April 19th!

Here's a pic of him holding Seabiscuit, one of our Pine Snakes.

Thanks for ALL your help Adam! You are awesome!
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