Flashback/Flashforward The Reptile Zoo Masquerade

 

With all the plans for this year's event we couldn't help but get a bit nostaglic about our suprise hit in 2011. At the beginning of the day as we were finishing up the last minute details we had no idea what to expect or if anyone was even coming, but come they did and in droves!

 

 

With over 300 costume clad guests you couldn't help but get in a festive mood. The special guests like Frank aka Kipling from Disney Channel's JESSIE, the Forever Wild team with an adorable baby Tiger and brand new exhibits from The Reptile Zoo including the official unveilling of Gator Island and our California Native Rattlesnake collection!

 

 

If that wasn't enough to keep guests entertained we also had LIVE exotic animal demonstrations with veteran TV and Film trainer Jules Sylvester and The Reptile Zoo founder Jay Brewer where guests enjoyed learning about various venomous species and even got a chance to watch a clutch of pythons be born and filmed for the popular YouTube channel www.YouTube.com/PrehistoricPetsTV

 

To satisfy their taste buds GarlicScapes was on hand with plenty of good eats sure to keep the lurking vampires away. Let's just say fun was had by all.

 

 

But enough reminiscing, this year we are going to blow last year out of the water with all the great things we have planned for what we expect to be a MASSIVE crowd! First of all we've doubled our food truck capacity by bringing the ever popular Kogi BBQ and Chunk-n-Chip trucks to delight both your dinner and dessert needs.

Next we've added jungle themed BOUNCE HOUSES from Orange County Jumpers!

 

Oh did we forget to mention benefit recipient Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary will be bringing a BLACK LEOPARD and baby Bobcats!!!

Are you totally jealous now? Can't make it? Don't worry we haven't left you out of all the fun. This week on The Reptile Zoo facebook page we've got some great online auction items for you to take home. Just check out these beautiful animals below.

 

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You're Invited to The Reptile Zoo Masquerade 2012

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Get your costume ready, because you're invited to our second annual family friendly Spooky Reptilian Masquerade Sunday, October 28 from 5-10 PM at The Reptile Zoo in Fountain Valley, a hands-on educational experience with over 100 exotic reptile displays.



This year's benefit recipients The Reptile Zoo and Forever Wild are dedicated to educating the public and providing homes for exotic pets of all sizes. At the event you can meet the founders of these organizations as well enjoy special exotic animal exhibits including Zorro the Black Leopard, Thelma and Louise the two-headed snake, a cobra, and more!

Enjoy a night of fun for the whole family including games, raffles, and even a costume contest where you could win a lifetime membership to The Reptile Zoo! If that's not enough we will have food trucks, exotic reptile demonstrations, and live filming for You Tube. Mingle with special celebrity guests including Frank the 6 foot Asian Water Monitor best known for his role as Kipling on Disney Channel's hit show JESSIE as well as his trainer and veteran exotic animal handler Jules Sylvester.

With a guest list over 300 last year we are hoping to make this event even better and we hope to enjoy all the night has to offer with you and your family! The event will be free with regular admission to The Reptile Zoo ($10 for adults, $5 for children). Hope to see you there! Make sure to RSVP here and you could win our daily RSVP VIP giveaway all counting down to The Reptile Zoo Masquerade on October 28th from 5-10 PM!

The night's entertainment, prizes, and food provided by:

The Reptile Zoo www.TheReptileZoo.com

Forever Wild www.foreverwildexotics.org

Kogi BBQ Truck www.kogibbq.com

Chunk-n-Chip Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwhiches www.chunknchip.com

Prehistoric Pets www.PrehistoricPets.com

Jules Sylvester www.reptilerentals.com

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30 Second Q & A

Here at the Reptile Zoo we are asked a lot of great questions about our animals so we thought we would answer 3 of the most common questions in under 30 seconds. Ready... set... go!

Many of you know Frank aka Kipling, our FAMOUS Asian Water Monitor. Just like people, Water Monitors like to go swimming. They are great swimmers, in fact, and love to splish-splash in their pool! Their lateral tails make it easier for them to glide through the water and practice some aerobics with their turtle friends. Here one of our big guys even looks a little like the Lockness Monster while he enjoys a quick dip.

When entering our store there is a friendly pond full of turtles. These cute, little guys love the attention from all of you – our valued friends and customers! All of these turtles have been rescued from the outside world and are brought here to a happy and comfy home where they are hand fed delicious worms. So come check out our turtle pond! As you can see, they love hanging around, and on, their friends!

Our baby African Spur Thigh tortoises are adorable as tiny, hungry hippos! Able to fit in the palm of your hand, they love munching on some nice, healthy lettuce. You can also come and see how big out little guys can get, by checking out our over 200lb full-grown adults lounging around our store! And they don't get that big by accident as you can see even this little guys has got food all over his face from his last chow down.

Thats it! How'd we do on timing? Check back soon for another 30 Second Q & A and all other things prehistoric at blog.thereptilezoo.com

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Party Mobiles Are Back in Action!

It's been a long time coming, but we are happy to say our decked out Jurassic Party vehicles are making a comeback in a huge way decked out in our custom designed reptile theme! Complete with The Reptile Zoo's stars like TWINKIE the World's Largest Snake, Frank star of Disney Channel's JESSIE, Darthgator the American Alligator, Rattlesnakes and Thelma & Louise the two-headed snake, plus plenty of photos of the unique hands-on reptile interaction available at every Jurassic Party. 

For now we can only show you the sneak peek of the design comps, but you can see the finished product this weekend at our HUGE booth in the Anaheim Convention Center for the annual National Reptile Breeders Conference (NARBC). After that you will see us buzzing around town to and from The Reptile Zoo visiting schools and private residences all around Southern California providing educational and entertaining Jurassic Parties!

So keep an eye out for our lime green party mobiles, even honk if you see us! Then follow us back to The Reptile Zoo where you can see all your pictured favorites live and in-person, along with over 100 of their reptile friends!

 

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Reptiles at Church?

 

Do reptiles at a church service seem like an oxymoron? Not at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California reptiles are just one of the many unique features at this community church. Prehistoric Pets and Jurassic Parties started partnering with Saddleback Church a couple years back and we have been priveleged to be included in many of their events since, including annual Blocktober and Vacation Bible School events.

 

 

Every time we are involved with Saddleback there are sure to be plenty of excited kids ready to learn about reptiles. This year's Easter services were no different with over 200 elementary school kids attending just one of the 7 kid-centric services. 

 

 

Even though the groups are large we always get the crowd involved especially with the grand finale, one of our 12 foot Burmese Pythons or a large lizard like Rusty who just happens to be a full-time resident at Saddleback Church. Just when you thought it couldn't get any cooler right!

Rusty is an Asian Water Monitor just like Frank his brother (who plays Mr. Kipling on Disney Channel's JESSIE). Saddleback has built a great enclosure for him to hang out in with his own pool, basking areas, and custom cloud sky ceiling. This huge enclosure is part of "The Extreme" where middle school students come each week to enjoy the reptiles and service.

 

In addition to all of the kiddies who love visiting Rusty, he also gets a lot of attention from the reptile volunteers including founder Jay Brewer who visit each week and provide hands-on interaction with some of the smaller reptiles also housed at Saddleback.

 

 

Here at Prehistoric Pets and Jurassic Parties we love any opportunity to reach such a large and excited group of kids and are always excited when we get the call from Saddleback Church. If you are in the area it's worth a visit to see Rusty and his buddies at Saddleback!

 

 

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Easter Games with Frank (aka Mr. Kipling)

Ever wonder if reptiles celebrate holidays? Well they sure do at The Reptile Zoo. Actually today is one of our favorite holidays! Everyone loves Easter for their own reasons, but Frank he loves Easter for the eggs! Who is Frank? He's one of the many starts at The Reptile Zoo! He even spends some of his time on the set of Disney Channel's JESSIE as Mr. Kipling!

 

 

Why does Frank love Easter eggs? The same reason you do... they're tasty! Frank loves to snack on eggs which are an extra special treat for him. Which is why he guards them so carefully! You wouldn't want to go Easter egg hunting with him, he doesn't share very well.

 

 

Here at The Reptile Zoo Frank only gets this special treat if "infertal" eggs have been found in a clutch. "Infertal" means these eggs are incapable of producing viable offspring. This is not very common in breeding at Prehistoric Pets, but does happen in a small percentage of the time. Instead of simply tossing these nutrient packed goodies Frank and his friends at The Reptile Zoo get an extra special treat. Waste not, want not!

 

 

Check out this video to see one of Frank's family members enjoying a quick snack of these infertal eggs.

 

 

It never fails after Frank has completed his meal he is looking for just one more snack!

 

 

From everyone at The Reptile Zoo we wish you the best Easter spent with family and friends. Everyone here is enjoying a day off and will back tomorrow to share even more reptile fun with you! Come visit us at The Reptile Zoo in Fountain Valley, California and meet Frank (aka Mr. Kipling) !

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LIVE From Fountain Valley, It's SATURDAY!

Talk about CrAzY Saturdays Fans!  I suppose you could say it’s a typical weekend for us, jamming with party families and future Herp owners.  It’s amazing to see the contrast between normal work days and the weekends; the shop goes from cricket quiet to screamin’ loud!  Not that we mind, it’s always so much fun to join in the festivities of all the happy families and also help amateurs become professional reptile handlers and owners.  Wonder what it must be like in the Reptile Zoo while we host our back to back Jurassic Parties?  One word…. HECTIC!  Here’s just a glimpse or two.

WOW that’s a LOT of people!  That definitely makes for a quick, easy and FUN work day for us.  Of course, when we aren’t caring for, cleaning after or checking on all our reptile friends, we are plotting.  Yes…. plotting.  Don’t you remember that tomorrow is the “oh so special” April Fools Day?!  Again, this holiday of pranks is upon us and I’m sure most of you are only counting the seconds until it’s over.  However, we gotta have a little fun here in the shop. ;)  Frank thought he’d get an extra early start and decided to sneak his way into Buddy’s cage while he was out doing a quick photo shoot with some party kids.  Hee Hee, As you can see, he was BUSTED before he could finish the prank!  Silly Frank, Tricks are for kids =P

As for the rest of the animals, they can’t focus too much on the prospect of perfect pranks when they need to have energy for their presentations.  Hey, who knows, maybe THEY are plotting this year’s perfect reptile prank…..o.O.  Hmmmmm, what do you think they will do?  WE MUST BE PREPARED!  With all the “ammo” we could use when working at a reptile shop for April Fool’s, I think maybe we should be more nervous around each other rather than worrying over our reptilious friends.  ;D

**BEWARE of what hides behind your decorations!** ;D

Michelle told Nick to eat on his lunch....this is what happens when you disobey O.O

It’s time to start counting down to one of the years funniest and most anxiety ridden holidays!  Have any cool reptile pranks??  Share them with us!  Have a great weekend guys and see you tomorrow!

Ciao!

^O^………….Priscilla

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Twinkie, Twinkie our reptile star, How I wonder what you are.

Now commencing hostile takeover of Reptile Zoo blog in 5 . . . 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .Iiiiit’s TWINKIE Time!!!  Wooot Woooot!  Move over Frank, It’s Twinkie’s time to shine! =P  Just kidding everyone, about the hostility not the takeover ;P.  Frank did such a fun blog about his life here at The Reptile Zoo, I figured heck, I should do one too.  Assuming there are no objections, I’d like to share with you a little about growing up and living right here at Prehistoric Pets/The Reptile Zoo. 

First things first, my name IS really Twinkie.  As much as I WISH I was a real Twinkie, I was named this because of my morph type.  I am an Amelanistic Reticulated Python, also known as Amels.  Amels are characterized by a plain white body with both pastel & bold lemon yellow patterning; also possessing blazing red eyes and extremely white heads (giving me the name, Twinkie :D).  I was raised right here at Prehistoric Pets alongside my brother.  Everyone here at the shop quickly noticed how my brother and I had an incredible natural growth rate.  We had massive heads, long slender bodies and were fed the same size and amount as most other snakes our size, that is until they decided that it would be interesting to see what would happen if they fed me more.  Today, we can see the results of that wise dietary choice ;P 

Being the world’s largest python has its pro’s and con’s.  Well… actually it’s more like pro’s and con.  The only thing to complain about when being the world’s largest snake is missing all the attention when the shop closes up and the lights go down.  On the other hand, majority of my “awake” time is spent during open hours, so I’m constantly being visited with.  I LOVE it when all my fans and friends come by to take pictures with me, and then go home and share them on my Facebook page.  Makes me feel all warm inside ^O^!  However, I can’t say I don’t go wild over newcomers; they always make me feel like a wicked cool snake with their screams of initial fright and gasps of choked up air. =P  Hee Hee!  Can I tell you guys a secret? Sometimes…. When I hear the mom’s whisper, “Is it real?”… I wait for them to creep up to the glass….and BOOM!  I twitch a scale or two and send them running!  Muuahahahaha!  A Girl’s gotta have her fun ^O^

"BOO!"

While we are on that note, YES, I am a GIRL.  Most people that come in for the first time fail to read my info card and assume I’m a male.  Sorry to disappoint everyone, but all 370+lbs and 23 feet of me is all female.  Sound too big to be true?  You’re not the first, trust me on this.  It’s hard for a lot of people to believe a snake can be that big, but I’m living proof.  No need to fret though,   I am a total sweetheart!  I’ve got a lot of growing up to do, being only about 8 years old, but I’d like to think I have a great temperament, especially for such a big reticulated python.  Heck, just last year I was able to come out and make a special appearance for my good friend Mike McConnell’s birthday.  I’ve even been on T.V. and all kinds of other cool stuff!  I’ve got my own custom cage here at The Reptile Zoo, built just for me and my needs, it even has a pool/Jacuzzi for me to soak in!! 

EVERYONE was there for Mike's Birthday!  Look at Frank try to steal the attention ;P

Just keep swimming....

Ahh, the life of the world’s biggest python couldn’t get any better!  I’ve got great friends like Frank and George, my Prehistoric Pets family and the luxury of being adored by all!  Well everyone, I’m going to go nom on a yummy rabbit now before they think I’m not hungry.  Thanks for stopping by and sharing some time with Twinkie!

 

^O^…………….<3Twinkie

OH YEAH!  Don't forget to Like my fanpage on Facebook!  You can share pix and stories of us on my wall too =D

 

TWINKIE: World's Largest Python Facebook

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A Moment with Frank

Hey guys, Frank here.  I’m going to be taking over the blog today, hope you guys don’t mind.  The life of a Disney TV star isn’t as easy as it’s all cracked up to be.  My life started here at Prehistoric Pets and the staff and loyal customers have become my family.  Stomping my 7ft long body around the store has gotten me quite a reputation too.  Whether the store is slow or busy, I can hear people asking for “that big lizard that walks around the shop” or “Mr.Kipling” which is my newly acquired stage name.  Can’t say I don’t like all the attention ;D! 

When I’m not making appearances around the shop, I’m hanging out with all my fellow reptile friends and family.  I make sure to take a couple rounds through the lower half of the shop to say hello to everyone and have them pass along “hellos” to the upper half I’m not as fortunate to reach. =P  Maybe you have met some of my good friends like Twinkie, Thelma and Louise, Darth Gator and George? 

This is my favorite picture of Twinkie, George and I

Live too far to have met me in person?  Well then I’m sure you watch me on the set of Disney’s new hit show “Jesse” or the Webisodes on Prehistoric Pets YouTube channel.  My Prehistoric Pets family makes sure I am made available for all to enjoy what a sweet and social monitor I am.  Speaking of Prehistoric Pets, they are reason you and your loved ones are able to enjoy my company.  The staff took time and effort to hands on train, tame and love me making me one of the most social water monitors around!  Yeah….I’m bragging… what about it? =P Just kidding!   

What’s your favorite time of the day? Morning, noon or night time? Mine’s LUNCH time lol!  Boy do I love it when someone feeds me my favorite Chicken, or when a certain someone walks by with a tasty rat treat for me! Hee hee heeee!  Well…. That and my aerobics time.  When someone scoops me up and slides me into the pond out front, Oooh I feel cool!  I use my strong tail to propel me around the pond and sometimes my friends the red eared sliders will take refuge on my back and hang ten, or twenty as I cruise about. 

All Aboard the Frank train!  Toot Toot!

For those of you who are fans of the show “Jesse” maybe you’ve seen me picked up and carted off my Jules Sylvester, host of specials on The Discovery Channel and the Travel Channel.  He takes me down to the studio and set where I shoot my spots in the show.  I can be out of the shop anywhere from a day to a week depending on what the studio needs me for.  But nothing beats the fun I have at the shop with all my family and friends!  Every time I leave I miss my pond, my rock and most of all the staff.  All in all I live a pretty good life down here in Fountain Valley, CA and I’m grateful.  Don’t be shy, stop by The Reptile Zoo and say Hi, or you can come Like my Fanpage on Facebook and talk to me every day!

Jules Sylvester and Sivash M stop by for a quick photo with me beforew Jules and I head out to the studio.

My new friends and I on the set of the Disney hit show, "Jesse"

Toodles!

^O^……….Frank ;D

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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 ReptileChannel.com 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/ReptilesChannel.com 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.

 


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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 ReptileChannel.com and our YouTube channel in the coming months.

 

 

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