BRAND NEW: The Reptile Zoo Calendar Club

 

We've made it to 2013 and we're looking to celebrate. What better way than with monthly photos of some of our favorite reptile inhabitants delivered right to your mailbox!  

Join us in the first ever Calendar Club for The Reptile Zoo!  As part of this club you will be the first to receive updates about happenings here at The Reptile Zoo plus special offers and of course your monthly calendar download! This month enjoy an exclusive coupon just for our calendar subscribers! Sign up today so you don't miss it!

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Bullfrog Comparisons

At first glance it may seem like the only difference between an American Bullfrog and an African Bullfrog is their country of origin, but when you look close that all changes.

The American Bullfrog is characterized by its spotted green and brown coloration, large eardrums, long "fingers" and usually erect posture. These frogs are very common and can be found throughout the United States and Canada and when undisturbed in ponds love to make a large croaking noise to attract a female companion.

 
The American Bullfrog can grow on average to be about 7 to 10 inches in length. Studies show the bullfrog preys on any animal it can overpower and stuff down its throat. This characteristic is common to the American and African Bullfrog who are both agressive eaters digesting prey including rodents, small turtles, snakes, frogs (including bullfrogs), birds, and bats, as well as the many invertebrates, such as insects, which are the usual diet of frogs.


(video courtesy of http://www.youtube.com/KoreanFrogMania)

 

As you can see although both animals may love to eat the African Bullfrog, also commonly called Pixie Frog, looks more like the American Bullfrog's fat cousin. By weight the American Bullfrog usually grows to about 1 lb while the African Bullfrog can weigh a whopping 4+ lbs! The coloration of these animals are also quite different. Pixie Frogs love to live in the marshes where they burrow down covering their bright yellow belly while American Bullfrogs enjoy hop near the rivers edge.

Next time you are in The Reptile Zoo be sure to visit both our American and African Bullfrogs to see if you can tell the difference yourself!

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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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