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!

We look forward to sharing 2013 with you and hope you enjoy our monthly gift. Feel free to forward this to a friend, or better yet sign them up for their own Free Subscription

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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.

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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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Photos for a Cause

Does your reptile love the camera? Do you love the camera?

Jurassic Parties, The Reptile Zoo and Prehistoric Pets would like to invite you to use your photography skills to support the United States Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK) A conservation, education and advocacy organization dedicated to protecting reptiles & amphibians for our future.


USARK represents and aims to protect the rights of the reptile community in legal hearings from Washington D.C. across the United States.For those not familiar with reptiles photos sometimes speak louder than words creating an instant connection with the viewer. USARK is seeking photos for various materials and presentations to continue accurately representation of their temperament and the thousands who love and care for them



The three categories of pictures requested are:

1) Positive, safe interactions between humans and reptiles;


2) Show us your set ups! Reptiles in great, well designed, SAFE, clean, and appropriate enclosures;




3) Reptiles in their natural environments.

Please send your photos to with a permission letter. (We have included a basic sample letter below) If you have any specific restrictions on your permission please include them in this letter and they will be honored by USARK. No photos provided by members will be used in any merchandise or offered for sale.

Copyright Holder






I, _____________________________ give the United States Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK)

permission for the unlimited use of the attached photograph(s) on its website, brochures, pamphlets and educational materials.



For more information visit

The US Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK) is a science and education based advocacy for the responsible private ownership of, and trade in reptiles. We endorse caging standards, sound husbandry, escape prevention protocols, and an integrated approach to vital conservation issues. Our goal is to facilitate cooperation between government agencies, the scientific community, and the private sector in order to produce policy proposals that will effectively address important husbandry and conservation issues. The health of these animals, public safety, and maintaining ecological integrity are our primary concerns.

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Pixie Power!

“Croak … croooak ….      CROAK!” 

Did anybody else hear that?  I could have sworn I heard the croaking of a Bullfrog.  Hmmm…

“Croak.  Croak.  Croooak.”

There it is again!  I must solve the mystery of the croaking in the shadows. O.o …  FOUND IT!  Guess what it is?  That’s right; it’s our Prehistoric Pet of the week!  We FINALLY have in stock some baby African Bullfrogs, or “Pixies” for short.  Calling all amphibian lovers, get em’ while their young! Lol.  These cute little frogs are available for you to take home today and don’t worry, we have ALL the goodies you need to set up a palace for your Pixie and make sure you know the proper ways to care for your new pet!  Now, before you scroll about 2 inches more and see the “Awwwwe So CUUUTE!” photos of our available Pixies, let us inform you, much like our children, these frogs won’t stay that small and cute.  =P  Did your eyebrow just raise?  Ok… Let me explain. 

African Bullfrogs, Pixie Frogs, is one of the largest frogs in South Africa measuring at an average of almost 10 inches! So don't underestimate them when you see the cute little babies for sale.  Pixies prefer to live in open grasslands and can be found in puddles. When the dry season arrives, the Pixie burrows underground using his strong hind legs and sort of hibernates while he lives off the fat he stored from previous meals.   What’s on the Pixie Meal menu you might ask?  This giant frog eats anything it can fit into its mouth such as insects of various kinds, fish, mice, reptiles and sometimes other frogs! Bleh, YUCKY!   The frogs can even survive for several months in dry soil by absorbing water stored in the bladder. 

Usually, the hippity hop of our froggy friends would be something to “Awwee” at but in this case, not so much.  The Pixie frog has been known to jump at things it knows as a threat and the male bullfrog will also aggressively defend his eggs if an animal or a human should approach.  Think you can handle a Pixie bite? Just a little ol’ frog you say?  Well, Pixies actually has quite sharp teeth and can lay down a pretty serious bite.  However, despite their “aggressive” nature when threatened or in the wild, Pixies make fun and unique additions to any amphibian’s paradise!  Squishy and soft, these Pixie frogs won’t be here long, so make sure you stop by prehistoric Pets and take home your frogger today!




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Keep it Simple Boys!

Latest studies from the University of Texas, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute show that "female cognitive ability can limit how melodious or handsome males become over evolutionary time" (Akre 2011). Males naturally try to improve their skills and appearance...even more aggressively if their is competition for a female.

Since the dawn of time, males have been trying to get our attention with the bigger and the better. In the animal world, we commonly see a spectacular show of colors, dancing, and song. The male does a lot of work to get attention, but the stand-out usually wins the very desirable prize of creating more offspring. However, the fancier these shows get, it seems the more difficult for females to recognize and detect...especially in song.

The male Tungara Frogs of Panama have made good use of their vocal abilities over time, wooing females with a series of "whines" and "chucks". Studies show that female Tungaras prefer the calls with many "chucks", so males have gradually started adding more "chucks". This addition of chucks has proven to decrease predatory advance on the frogs (which is always a plus!), BUT it started to confuse the females. So many noises...which frog to choose...and is that even a frog?? After several failed attempts with the extra chucks, the males went back to the basics.

Its a very interesting thing, since all the exciting, bright, flamboyant showiness comes with such a price. It frequently draws more predators in. So, when it was found that a higher number of chucks decreases this danger, you would think the frogs would go for it. Nevertheless, the risk of losing out on the female is one that these little frogs are NOT willing to take. A very common thing in the animal world if you take a close look...for animals to choose mating over potential demise.

Women...always creating ultimatums. But hey, at least this shows you don't need to work TOO hard fellas, we are pretty simple creatures. Most of the time. (muahaha) :-D


K. L. Akre, H. E. Farris, A. M. Lea, R. A. Page, M. J. Ryan. Signal Perception in Frogs and Bats and the Evolution of Mating Signals. Science, 2011; 333 (6043): 751 DOI: 10.1126/science.1205623
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What Not to Put in Your Mouth!


 Hello Kiddies!


Sooooooooooooooo, yesterday I posted I picture of me with a tomato frog in my mouth that generated way more controversy than I ever could have imagined because after all it was just a little froggy!  Anyways, long story short, the picture was taken down because we here at the Reptile Zoo do not want to encourage you kiddies out there (or adults) to put things in your mouth that don't belong in your mouth!  I would think that that everyone out there was smart enough to figure that out on their own, but hey, I did it, so what's to stop you from following suit?

The tomato frog that was the victim of this tragedy is still alive and well, hopping through his day unaffected by the event, lest you all be ever concerned with whether or not something happened to him.  I would like to add that I am also fine, the frog did not kill me, did not make me high, I did not hallucinate, and I did not get a severe and life threatening headache from the event.  I simply thought that the frog felt amazingly soft  kinda like a cross between a gummy shark and a Listerine breath strip and I am a big fan of gummy sharks and wanted to see what the tomato frog would feel like on my tongue.

Now, all of that being said, I would like to post some pictures of things are ok to put in your mouth and some things that are not ok to put in your mouth as a guideline for all of you out there that might need it.


All apologies necessary…


Much love








































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The Frog Blog!

You asked for it, you got it!  Here's a frog blog!  Can you guys name them all?  I bet you can! 

Have fun and don't forget to email me pics of your cool stuff for our Prehistoric Pets Fan pic of the day!



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A Reptile Lover's Living Room!

Hey Guys!

Thanks for the pics you are sending regarding the fan pic of the day!  This one took a whole blog!  We reptile lovers are way different from normal people in that we are, well, just a little bit cooler.... (that is only my opinion...disclaimer)  Anyways, thanks so much to Erin who has her entire living room/den/family room set up for her beautiful pets to live in!  If you have some great pics please send them to me at

maybe your reptile family will be the next big thing!!!!

much love and thanks again Erin!  Your set up is soooooooooooooooooooo cool!




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