Skinks for Sale!

We've recently celebrated the births of 14 Blue Tongue Skinks. They're cute, they're scaly, and they're so gosh darn little! But what exactly IS a Blue Tongue Skink? 

Their most obvious characteristic is their name which comes from their tongue; it is indeed blue. Whoever first discovered this species decided to keep it simple with its name!

In recent years, this lizard has become a common pet among reptile enthusiasts. They stay relatively small, only growing up to about 2 feet in length usually. We're fans of this species too as they are quirky enough to fit in with our other critters, but unique enough to stand out as a favorite among staff and guests alike.

In the wild, they spend their days eating diets of insects, snails, wild berries, and sometimes even wildflowers. Night is spent seeking shelter in hollowed out logs and other debris where they aren't very likely to be discovered an eaten as a midnight snack.

Supposedly, these creatures are shy, but ours are far from it! In fact, we have a team of them that love being in the spotlight at our Jurassic Parties. Several more soak up the attention in The Reptile Zoo.

As you can see, the Blue Tongue Skink isn't exactly built for speed. Its legs are stubby, and definitely not meant for running or climbing. Still, when it comes time to eat or make a run for it, they can perform the task with surprising agility. Since they call Australia home, it's not a stretch to assume they call on this agility quite often with so many deadly predators lurking about.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about them is that they give birth to live young. Baby Blue Tongue Skinks will develop in embryos inside of their mother and when they are fully developed after about 100 days, they emerge in litters of up to 15! For the first few days of their life, the babies will live off of their embryo which they absorb into their stomachs before birth, then they start off on smaller insects. Much like human babies, they ease their way into devouring adult foods!

Our little ones are ready to take on the world; some of them are for sale in Prehistoric Pets. They grow up so quickly!

If you need a new lizard for your collection, come check them out!

Here's a video to help you do some preliminary research...or just learn more about these little guys.

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Ring around the Rosy, Pocket full of MONEY!

It’s a warm sunny Friday and the shop seems a buzz with cheerful herps and herpers alike.  Beyond the hustle bustle of Tim tending to the Retics, Mike and Craig feeding snakes or Mandy’s loud and proud customer service, you can take a trip down the various isles of herps we carry alongside the crazy awesome deals on starter kits and complete set-ups!   We’ve got plenty of stock and deals for all your reptile needs; from accessories and equipment, to Herps and their feed, we’ve got a broad list of options.

One deal in particular that’s proving to be a more and more popular choice is the Rose Hair Tarantula and a complete set up!  That’s right, we have had such a positive response to all our previous deals and sales…. We decided to keep it rollin’!  Interested in owning your very own Arachnid?  Check out THIS deal…

Prehistoric Pets is offering an amazing deal on Rose Hair Tarantula with a complete set up kit.  This package includes the Tarantula and Exo-Terra Habitat Kit.  Sound like something’s missing?  Well, youre right.  YOU are missing!  Hee Hee, This Habitat Kit includes EVERYTHING you need to properly care for and set up your new Invertebrate.  The kit itself provides a small glass terrarium, all necessary décor, rock terrarium background, Compact hood lighting system WITH bulb, substrate, water dish, hide, thermometer, hygrometer and MORE!!!  Talk about money in your pocket!!  With this incredible deal, you save OVER $25 which leaves plenty of room for purchasing neat “extras” or even an informative publication on your new pet.

Don’t forget, Rose Hair Tarantulas make one of the best beginner T’s for any new Herper and a great addition to any experienced Herp collection. 

All of us here at Prehistoric Pets are eager to send you home with a cool new Herp to call your own and we are more than happy to answer your questions and find you the perfect Herp for your home.  So don’t be shy and feel free to stop in or call us for any information.

Ciao!

^O^…………..Priscilla!

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Jurassic Fact of the Week: Bane The Black Throat Monitor

What’s got four feet of scales and can walk on a leash?

No, it’s not a Saint Bernard with a skin condition; it’s one of The Reptile Zoo’s newest residents, Bane the Black Throat Monitor!

Bane has been with us for two months after being acquired from loyal customer Anthony, and is not only on display in The Reptile Zoo, but is also quite a party animal in his work with Jurassic Parties. In fact, Bane has already been to a handful of parties in his short career with the company.

When you’re a four foot lizard, a party can make you a star in two ways. Like most large reptiles, if not socialized and familiar with human interaction, Bane could be an aggressive party pooper. Luckily, he is being trained so the more sweet and mild side of his personality shines making him the life of the party.

Like most of us in sunny Los Angeles, this gentleman likes to keep things natural, especially his tough toenails. A favorite behavior of monitors is to “hug” their handlers using them as a tree, and his long toenails have caused a few of his experienced handlers to take a needle and thread to their uniforms after an event. Maybe we can point out that all the celebrities get manicures and convince him to get one?

Bane doesn’t mean any harm, he just loves to hold on to people he likes. He values their love and affection like all other Monitors. Not to mention, sometimes you just need a good hug.

Now about Bane’s “training,” since Bane is a still getting the hang of the party circuit, he requires someone with experience to help him get used to having so many people around. Being a celebrity can be overwhelming after all!

Despite being a monitor, Bane, like all Black Throat Monitors is not a swimmer. In the wild, they prefer to burrow or climb throughout the area that they call home in Tanzania. Despite their small natural habitat, Black Throat Monitors are not considered endangered. This is good news for all of Bane’s distant relations back home!

Bane’s reptile family at The Reptile Zoo includes “big brother” Boss who is only slightly larger than our new scaly pal. Their lengths are literally a big deal since most of the time a Black Throat Monitor will only reach 3-3.5 feet. Still, at four feet, Bane and Boss are small compared to the largest known of their species who was 7 feet long! That’s about 1/3 of Twinkie!

Boss is definitely more experienced than this new kid on the block. He has two years of being the center of attention at parties behind him and has fine-tuned his manners as a result of his wisdom. While the lighter Black Throat Monitor scarfs his snacks down in no time, Boss has mastered a “suave” attitude to match his darker coloring and savors his protein filled food. Can you blame Bane though? He IS a growing young man after all... Well, perhaps more young than growing... Hey, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying your food!

Manners or not, Bane is a new favorite at TheReptile Zoo and we look forward to many years of hugs and quick meals with this handsome Monitor.

Come visit Bane soon...and who knows, he might be rockin’ his leash while out for a walk.

 

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Ordering One Molt To-Go

 

Imagine opening a cage and finding this beauty looking at you! At first I wasn't quite sure what I was looking at. I knew what I was supposed to be looking at... an Emperor Scorpion, one of the largest species from Africa, but was the scorpion eating a frog? Was it eating another scorpion? Was it breeding? No it couldn't be. 

 

 

All of these thoughts seemed plausible until I considered the most obvious answer... the scorpion was molting! What's molting? Molting is basically the arachnid version of shedding. Each time a scorpion gets larger it grows out of it's skin and produces a new larger version underneath.

 

 

It then slowly walks, crawls, wiggles and inches it's way out of the outer skin. This process can take from 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on the humidity and animal. HINT: If you have your own creepy crawly scorpion at home you can help this process by adding a little moisture to the surrounding bedding to help increase this humidity.

 

 

As it is coming out the scorpion will usually be discolored, sometimes even white. This is because the outer skeleton has not hardened, immedietly after molting the new skin is soft and susceptible to damage. HINT: If your scorpion is molting be sure not to handle or feed it during this time as it can cause injury. 

 

 

Once fully hardened, taking up to a day, the new exo-skeleton will become shiny and regain it's normal coloration. Once you see this change the molting process is complete and it will look like your scorpion has cloned itself! Don't worry the scorpion is not radioactive (we'll talk more about that later) or part of some crazy science experiment. 

 

 

The scorpion has just left behind it's molt which looks like a transparent clone of itself. The scorpion no longer needs this molt, it does not eat it, so it can now become your trophy or better yet great gag gift to suprise your friends with!

HINT: Both the old molt and new skin glow bright turquoise under a black light which is sure to raise the spooky factor for your arachiphobia friends!

 

 

As you can see the Emperor Scorpion can be a pretty exciting pet... just check out Priscilla's blog about everything you need called  I AM EMPEROR , but if you're not up to that you can enjoy an up-close and personal look at the scorpion along with some of his reptile friends at your next Jurassic Party!

 

 

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Baby Fever!

“D’AAWWE! Look at the ity bity baby waby lizards!!”  Yes, this is a VERY common response to the new For Sale stock of BABY Argentine Black and White Tegus and Savannah Monitors we now have in stock.  Here at Prehistoric Pets, we consistently get request for Savannahs and Tegus of all sorts.  Luckily for us, we managed to get in quite the impressive stock.  Which is best for you?  BOTH! Dur.  All joking aside, here are some simple and general facts about these friendly creatures and your possible future pet!

 

Starting on the smaller side of things (only by a bit) we have in stock baby Savannah Monitors.

These adorable lizards maximum size is rarely more than 3 feet in length, with the females being considerably smaller.  Although the Savannah is native to Africa, they make fairly easy reptiles to own here in the States despite the ever-changing weather and environmental issues.  When threatened, the Savannah protects itself through camouflage; they also prefer to flee or play dead when in danger, but if cornered, defends itself with tail lashes and if need be, a powerful, vise-like bite.  OUCH!  Think that’s the end of it? Far from! When threatened by a predator, the monitor occasionally rolls onto its back and clutches a hind leg in its mouth, creating a ring with its body and making itself harder for the animal to swallow whole while playing dead.  The Oscar for “Best at Playing Dead” goes tooo…..the SAVANNAH MONITOR!! YAY! 

To top it all off, the Savannah’s have pretty simple diets which include gut loaded insects like crickets, roaches, and earthworms along with appropriately sized rodents; Pinky mice, fuzzies, adult mice, and various sized rats. Consistent handling will make Savannah’s tamer but like all monitors, if they are not handled often savannah monitors can become aggressive.  As always, these and many other reptiles will make a great addition to any family!

 

Jumping up in size by a fraction is the ever so adored Argentine Black and White Tegu!  FINALLY in by popular demand, we’ve got a fresh batch of crazy cool Tegu babies for you to bring home. 

Maybe you’ve seen our infamous Tegu’s Little Red, Big Red and Rambo here at The Reptile Zoo?  Similar to the Savannah, Tegu adult males are much larger than the females and can reach 3 feet in length at maturity and continue to grow to lengths of 4-4.5 feet. The females are much smaller reaching up to 3 feet in total length, from nose to tail.  Now what makes the Tegu such an appealing lizard to consider owning?  Well, most novice and even professional reptile owners appreciate docile or at least somewhat obedient temperaments in their pets.  Luckily, the Argentine Tegus make good pets as they have a tendency to become attached to their owners and are generally docile as adults.  Tegus have even been said to actively seek human attention the way a cat or dog would.

PEEK A BOO TEGU!

 A well cared for animal will live for about 20 years in the wild, and possibly LONGER in captivity! *However, as with most reptiles, if not handled regularly they will show more aggressive signs since they are less comfortable with the handler.* 

Heard enough to know you’re ready to make the leap into your first totally cool, totally awesome, totally REPTILIOUS purchase adventure?!  Then you know where to go; right here at Prehistoric Pets!  Alongside our new baby Savannah Monitors and Black and White Tegus, we have a huge selection of snakes, lizards, amphibians and MORE so don’t forget to stop on by or visit our website at PrehistoricPets.com!

Ciao!

^O^..........Priscilla

 

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I AM EMPEROR!

Barrrrrrrrrrr Rrrrrrr Clash clash clash!!!  Ladies and Gentlemen, brought to you by the rainforests of Africa, inhabiting your tropical forests and open savannahs, say hello to the Emperor Scorpion!  As one of the world’s largest species of scorpion, averaging at about an adult length of 8in, this particular Arachnid has a life expectancy of 5-8 years when held in captivity.  Not bad for a beginner pet for all you Arachnid lovers.  Low maintenance and small in size, the Emperor maintains a daily diet of Calcium dusted crickets.  These little creatures have been feared for years due to their intimidating appearance (the stinger specifically) and their unique temperament.  Curious about the stinger?  Well, despite their “scary” looks Emperor Scorpion venom is quite mild to humans; it’s often compared to a bee sting!  One of the rules of thumb we teach at our Jurassic Parties is, the larger the claws, the less poison in the stinger.  With that being said, looking at the Emperor you can see how he has great big claws, hence his low potency venom. 

Think you may want to add one of these guys to your collection?  How about starting a Arachnid colony amongst the reptiles?  This week Prehistoric Pets is hosting an AWEsome deal on our Emperor Scorpions, Scorpion set-ups and accessories!  Docile and calm in nature, the Scorpion is able to be handled as long as it is done with MUCH LoVe (as Katy so eloquently shows). 

To maintain a happy and stress-free life for your Scorpion, a set-up including rocks, logs, bark etc.  No matter what substrate you choose, it should be fairly deep (3 - 6 inches) to allow the scorpion to dig burrows. Pieces of bark, flat stones and broken ceramic flower should be provided as hiding spots for the scorpions and luckily we ALSO are hosting a deal this week for ALL sized rock outcrops for your new pet! 

Convinced yet?  Come in this week and check out the BLOW OUT sale we’ve got going on down here, especially on the Emperors!  For almost 100$ you can get a FULL Scorpion set-up, Scorpion AND outcrop to take home TODAY!  While you’re here, stop on in The Reptile Zoo and say Hello to all your friends Twinkie, Frank, Thelma & Louise and MORE!  Welcome home your new Emperor Scorpion today. =D

You won't know what you're missing until you come on in and check out all this week's deals!  Prices are cut thruout the shop and reptiles are waiting to go home with YOU!

Ciao!

^O^…………Priscilla

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Photoshoot Elements

 

 

Ever wonder what it goes into a professional photoshoot? You may think it's the photographer, but the number one thing you must have is A LOT of teamwork.

 

 

 

Photoshoots involve a great photographer, a leader with a vision of what pictures you need, patient models, and a good team ready to help all of these people. Not to say photoshoots aren't fun, especially when you are photographing kids and animals there are bound to be plenty of hilarious moments when one of the two are bound to have a silly moment. 

 

 

Luckily we have a great team of friends ready and willing to help us get the best shots possible. Our go to photographer and long-time friend is Mike Walker who not only captures great shots, but loves reptiles too. We love his shots so much he'll be travelling with founder Jay Brewer on his trip this summer to Australia to capture their experiences!

 

 

We are also so lucky to have plenty of friends willing to donate their time and act as our models.

 

 

One of our favorite parts of a photoshoot are the behind the scenes moments that don't make it to the final cut or out to the public, but today we are going to share just a few so we can have a chance to thank all of those who have worked behinds the scenes making some of our best shots possible.

 

 

 

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Ewe Rock! at the Youth Expo 2012

 

This weekend thousands of families braved the storm and enjoyed the annual Youth Expo at the Orange County Fairgrounds. We love this event because first of all its FREE fun for the whole family... how many places can you still find that? We also love it's focus on education this year adding a college fair for hundreds of anxious highschoolers planning their next steps.

 

 

Of course guests went crazy for our interactive reptile booth where we displayed just a glimpes into all of the exotic animals on display at The Reptile Zoo. With Ball Pythons, Ratsnakes, and Bearded Dragons there were plenty of reasons why our booth was filled to the brim the whole weekend, but the crowd favorite had to be the huge African Spur Thigh Tortoises.

 

 

 

If the live animals weren't enough guests got a kick out of our big Dino friend. Taking a second to pose for photos while he showed his toothy grin.

 

 

 

Some of our visitors were so enchanted by the reptiles they could barely stand to leave, but we let them know that not only are they cool to look at reptiles actually make great low maintenance pets, which definitely perked them up.

 

 

Visitors even recieved a special offer for admission to the continually expanding zoo. They were excited and shocked to learn about our most recent additions like Darthvader the American Alligator, TWINKIE the World's Largest Snake, 5 California Native Rattlesnakes and don't forget Thelma & Louise the Two-Headed Snake.

 

 

Did you miss out? The Prehistoric Adventures team can bring the traveling Reptile Zoo to a town near you creating a one of a kind display for all types of events. These Prehistoric Pets can even come right to your house or school for a Jurassic Party presentation. Check out the details online at www.JurassicParties.com and www.PrehistoricAdventures.com

 

 

 

 

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Come say hi....at the 2012 Youth Expo!!

Hey there animal lovers! Prehistoric Adventures (one of the many awesome branches of Prehistoric Inc.) is going to have a booth at the upcoming Youth Expo! The Expo will be this weekend, April 13-15 at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa. There are going to be a ton of cool exhibits and booths there, with all kinds of free activities for kids to participate in. Here are a couple of pictures from our booth in years past...but you're going to need to drop by our booth and say hello to see what we've got in store for this year.

 

Tomorrow, the 13th, is the big field trip day for the Expo, and it will be open from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the Expo is open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. There is a $5 charge for general parking, but guess what? ADMISSION IS FREE FOR ALL AGES! That's right, FREE. So for anyone looking for a fun, free, friendly place to take the family this weekend, come on down to the Youth Expo and say hi! We hope you're looking forward to it as much as we are! See ya there!

Later Gator!

Mandysaurus Rex

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LOCOmotion!

“Hurry Priscilla!  Catch the snake, he’s running away!” en route to catch said snake, I started to think to myself, ‘Hmmm I wonder if the kids know HOW snakes actually move around?’  Taking it upon myself to get to the bottom of this mysterious snake movement question, I tossed the question out there.  “Who here knows HOW snakes move around?” shortly after I asked this I was astounded at the many answers our creative little ones had.  “He Runs!” “He Jumps!” “He Flys!” after several minutes of laughing, I chimed back in and told the kids that you learn something new every day, and thanks to their one of a kind Jurassic Party, they were going to learn that and much more!

 

It seems like a simple question to ask but in order to understand the different species; it helps to know even the smallest details (Like movement) that separate them.  Although we may not live in the areas to physically see the different types of movement possible by our Serpent friends, it’s easy to identify the process just by the way the snakes body is formed when he attempts to move.  The most popular and widely known form of movement is called, Serpentine Method.  This S-shape motion is what most people think of when they think of snakes.   Starting at the neck, a snake contracts its muscles, propelling its body from side to side, creating a chain of curves.  They will push off of any bump or other surface to get moving. They move in a wavy motion and wouldn’t be able to move over slick surfaces like glass at all.  Majority of all pet and common snakes will use this method of movement.

Another method used is called Sidewinding.  While side-winding, only a few points of the snakes’ body contact the hot sand at any one time. In environments with few conflict points, snakes may use a variation of serpentine motion to get around. Contracting their muscles and flinging their bodies, sidewinders create an S-shape that only has TWO points of contact with the ground; when they push off, they move sideways. The snake will lift the middle of its body up and then push it down forcing its head to move forward.  Much of a sidewinding snake's body is off the ground while it moves, Cool huh?!  The most infamous example of this type of locomotion can be found in the aptly named, Sidewinder. 

The tracks left behind show at what points the snake's body came into contact with the ground.

The next example of motion is called the Rectilinear Method, this is a slow, creeping, straight movement. The snake uses some of the wide scales on its belly to grip the ground while pushing forward with the others.  These waves are much smaller and curve up and down rather than side to side. When a snake uses caterpillar (Rectilinear) movement, the tops of each curve are lifted above the ground as the ventral scales on the bottoms push against the ground, creating a ripple effect similar to how a caterpillar looks when it walks.  This method of locomotion is extremely slow, but is also almost noiseless and very hard to detect, making it the mode of choice for many species when stalking prey. 

Lastly, there is the Concertina Method.  The previous methods work well for horizontal surfaces, but snakes climb using the Concertina technique. The snake extends its head and the front of its body along the vertical surface and then finds a place to grip with its ventral scales. To get a good hold, it bunches up the middle of its body into tight curves that grip the surface while it pulls its back end up; then it springs forward again to find a new place to grip with its scales!  Like a Spider Monkey Snake!  ^O^ 

Hopefully this information helped shed some light on one of the many reasons why our reptile friends are so unique and special.  Next time you’re watching a snake show, visiting us at the Zoo or playing with your own pet snake; see if you can identify what type of motion the snakes uses to move around!

Ciao!

^O^…….…Priscilla

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