Prehistoric Times in 2013

How could it already be a month into 2014?!? The year of the snake just slithered by so fast we barely had a chance to share some of the great experiences that came with it, but we're going to try to make it up to you with an extra long recap blog chocked full of photos & videos. So many we'll be highlighting details from some of our favorite stories over the next couple weeks as well.

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Prehistoric Pets + REPTILES Magazine Care Video Series: Part One

Remember when we said we would be partnering with REPTILES Magazine on a exciting new project? Well our first partner video is finally LIVE! Join Prehistoric Pets founder Jay Brewer and REPTILES Magazine editor Russ Case in The Reptile Zoo covering the basics of Reticulated Python (aka retic) care. If you like this video be sure to check back soon for the next installment covering another popular reptile pet!



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Herper Question of the Week


Today is allllll about the small, but MIGHTY, Super Dwarf Reticulated Python!

We get MANY questions...but mostly about their size. Interest is raised because they are basically a mini-me Retic!




First imported in 1999, these little guys are naturally greenish-gray, with orange or copper colored eyes. They are becoming increasingly popular as pets because of their manageable size, but still abundantly different beautiful patterns.






Super Dwarf Retics can reach a length of 8 feet. At this length they are usually a weight of about 20 lbs, because they don't get very thick. There is also a "step" in between Super Dwarf Retic and Normal Retic, that is just known as a Dwarf Retic. They grow to around 12-14 feet.

Our breeding team here at Prehistoric Pets is always working to create different morphs, and to supply the growing demand for these beautiful creatures. They are definitely a GREAT choice if you are looking for something exotic that won't grow HUGE.

Just as an interesting factoid...the longest reticulated python ever found was in 1912 on an Indonesian island....33 feet long and 270 lbs! Check this out!!


ReptileDiscovery.com reports that the largest known in the U.S. is a Retic named "Fluffy"....24 feet, 310 lbs, and 13 years old. Hmmmmmm....




Well, that means YOU folks really know the largest! Our Twinkie is not only a beautiful AMEL retic, but she's 22 feet, 350 lbs...and only 8 years old! She's STILL growing, people!



Just beautiful...and she's SO strong...ALL muscle!


Ok, so this was a little bit about big retics...but mainly about the mighty Super Dwarf! Check out www.prehistoricpets.com to see our selection and find out more about your future pet!




<3.......................Thalia
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New addition to the parties....YAY!


Jurassic Fact of the Week YA'LL....

I am VERY excited because we just got new cornsnakes for the in-store parties....and they are HUGE! Biggest I have ever seen....monster cornsnakes dude.

Cornsnakes are commonly found in cornfields and open pastures of the U.S. and usually grow to 4-5 feet at the most. There are around 25 known color morphs of cornsnakes and thousands of compound morphs, just like other snakes.

Here are the two normal albinos that we just got(lacking the black rings around their saddle markings).




HUGE!

Thats not the coolest part though...in that donated group we also got an Anerythristic Cornsnake. The "normal", or wildtype, cornsnake has deep red saddle marks with black rims down its back, on top of an orange background. The term "anerythristic" means a lack of erythrin, which are the red, yellow, and orange pigments. This yields a snake that is commonly black and gray. COOL! Well, cool for me...only having ever seen the normal and normal albino morphs.

Check him out!




Cornsnakes have a naturally docile temperament, and make wonderful pets, especially for first-time herpers. They can be a little snippy when young, but that is their instinctive tendency to defend against everything. The more gentle handling, the better they will become...and they will no longer see you as a threat.


I love the orange cornsnakes, but seeing a different color is WAY cool. Come check him out...we named him GHOST. Maybe Ghost will haunt your next Jurassic Party....muahahahahahah.


<3......................Thalia
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Herper Question of the Week

 

Many of you ask:  "Why do you cut snake eggs open, instead of letting them hatch on their own?"

 

 

Here at Prehistoric, we cut our eggs after the first one in the clutch starts to pip.  This means that the snake is far enough along to start to break out of the egg, and has already made a tiny hole.  It is safe for the snakes because they are, themselves, trying to hatch at that time.

 

 

The reason we cut them, instead of letting them hatch themselves is because occasionally a snake will not be able to break its shell, and will drown in the fluids.  Opening them ourselves ensures the highest number of surviving hatchlings.  The fact that it shows us what morphs we have is just a bonus.   :-)

 

 

Please continue to ask questions, we are always here to get you the best information possible.  Call, email, stop by, or post on our Facebook pages and we will do our best to answer promptly.  Thanks everyone!

 

<3...................Thalia

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How Many Enchis??


Let's throw another blog in today...you guys don't mind right? :-D

We have been featuring several YouTube videos about pulling clutches...how about one for opening a clutch?? In this video, Jay, Tim, and Garrett (well, mostly Garrett) cut a unique ball python clutch. A normal ball was bred to an "enchi" ball.

....a what???

The Enchi Ball Python is a genetic mutation discovered by Lars Brandell in 2002. They were named for the region of Africa in which they were discovered (Petros 2011). The Enchis have golden yellow sides and a greatly reduced pattern of dark pigmentation and faded saddles.




As you can tell from the video, it was very exciting for the guys to see mostly Enchis hatching out, because that means we can breed them later on for even cooler morphs! Check it out!





Also, check out www.prehistoricpets.com to see the cool morphs we have for sale!!

<3..............Thalia


Petros, Mark. "Enchi Ball Python". 2011. http://www.ballpython777.com/enchi/enchi.html
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Best in Class 'Pearl'

Hey there Herpers!

It's hotter than beans outside now that summer is coming to a unwanted conclusion. However, no amount of summer sun is as hot as the new Burmese morph we have to show you! Thanks to Garrett and his high quality camera, we were able to snap a few shots of this beautiful new comer. Just barely produced THIS year, the Hypo Albino "Pearl" Burmese morph has some of the cutest babies, and owners have shared their interest in just what exactly an adult will come to look like.

Curious? SO ARE WE!!! Follow us on Facebook to keep updated on new photos and fun facts. ;) Let us know your feedback!

<3......Priscilla



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Get to know Mike!

 

Hey there herpers...I would like to introduce you to Mike Jim, one of our new reptile wranglers. 

He started not too long ago, and has been involved in a lot of Ball Python breeding for us here at The Zoo.  He even has a favorite morph...the Pastave Ghost (pictures below).  It is beautiful!  He has also started doing parties, both in and out of the store.  He knows a lot about what he does, and works super hard...always looking for ways to help out. 

So, come down to visit us, or even just book a party, and you might happen across Mike!

 

(restocking crickets)

 

(with his favorite morph...the Pastave Ghost)

 

(absolutely beautiful!!)

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A Visit From Arizona To The Reptile Zoo!!!

Mike and Laura travel over to California to see all the crazy creepy crawleys The Reptile Zoo and Prehistoric Pets have to offer. They got a great tour from Garrett and got to see all the awesome animals we have in the back rooms! Laura is crazy aout Gecko's so I brought out our Giant New Caledonian Gecko for her to hold while checking out all the other cool stuff here! They had a Blast which totally made my day! COME BACK SOON GUYS!!!!

 


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EGGS EGGS AND MORE EGGS!!!!!

OK so I've been seeing everyone running around a lot more with tubs to incubate eggs in so I've been asking around and WOW! We've got a lot going on right now. First I'll tell you about some eggs that hatched already. The first clutch we paired a male Ivory to a unique looking female we had to see what we would produce... Well all 6 eggs hatched but no Ivory's :( They are totally healthy and look WAY COOL!!! OK so yesterday we had a clutch of spider ball python's lay eggs. We also had a... OK get ready for this! A Super Dwarf Het-Albino Poss-Snow / Snow Lay eggs! Got a nice little clutch from them with only one slug which is pretty cool! And Last but not least the "Mystery Clutch"! We obviously know the female is an albino but we introduced a few different males to her so we're not really sure what's going to come out. I Can't Wait to find out! I will definitely post some pics and maybe even a video when it hatches.
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