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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Black Friday Madness!


We opened our doors today to the usual 5-10 people waiting outside...but it didn't stay that way for long.

It was quickly apparent that our BF deals were something that excited everyone!



It has been a VERY steady inflow of customers, ringing phones, and emails...everyone wants in on our Black Friday extravaganza!

Our team has been running around like TURKEYS with their heads cut off...making deals, renovating, cleaning, and of course helping every single customer that comes through our doors.






Just look at how many people we need!!!



Its not over yet folks...hurry while you still can, and make us an offer on something you have always wanted! 5 hours left for in-store deals!

PLUS, if you are looking for a way to relax after a hard day of chasing the best prices...come visit The Reptile Zoo and hold FIVE different kinds of reptiles! You can't get this anywhere else!




<3..................Thalia
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Just in Time!


Last night, we got a HUGE shipment of new animals! We got several things for the zoo, and even some to sell on our retail side!! SO exciting.

For the zoo, we got two GORGEOUS Emerald Tree Boas...Just look at this amazing color!!




We also have a new set-up of Green Vine Snakes....these guys are so crazy!


But of course...since we are doing SO much to get ready for Black Friday, we just HAD to get some new animals to sell. DUH...

We have cleared out those three large cages in the back of our retail area, and we are finishing up cementing, painting, and building a brand new area for MORE sale items!

Here are some pics:










Speaking of Black Friday...Jay has just decided to extend the same rules from our online store to "in-store" as well! This means you can come IN to Prehistoric Pets and make an offer on the animal of your dreams! YAY!!

So what are some of our new additions? Well...

To start off...we have a big group of new Green Anoles and Long Tail Grass Lizards:



Looking for the perfect Christmas Present for your young child? These male Green Tree Frogs are the COOLEST! Come hear them CROOOAAK!




Here is something that I think is WAY cool....Collared Lizards....How adorable is this??


LOVE them...


So make sure you stop by Prehistoric Pets for Black Friday...no disclosing prices yet, but I assure you that we won't let you down.

Remember, we can hold your animal for 30 days after you pay 50%...so get those Christmas Wish Lists finished!

These animals want to come home with you this holiday!!


<3......................Thalia
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Westward Expansion!

 

Howdy!   We are movin out WEST ya'll!!

No, not into the ocean....or to China....but west of our building.  We just bought the space next door!

 

Many of you got the special experience of enjoying a FREE presentation in this very room during our Spooky Masquerade last month.  It was packed full and some very exotic creatures were shown...some that don't even go out to regular parties like alligators, gila monsters, & rattlesnakes!

 

So we are steadily making changes to that wing, and hopefully when we finish there will be a new area of the zoo!  Also, we are hoping to have a brand-new breeding area.  Its still up-in-the-air, but we are thinking a window too, for public view of clutches being pulled!!

What do YOU think we should add???  (tell us on Facebook!)

 

If you have been in and checked everything out, you are probably familiar with the three large cages in the pet shop area.  There are usually different things in them from time to time, but right now we have a Rhino Iguana, and a few retics.  They will soon find new homes and we will tear those cages out (maybe by Christmas!) to make room for even more retail!  Just another way we are moving towards being your go-to shop for everything reptile!!

See?  we hardly have enough room up front for our GROWING retail supply!  But don't worry, these animals will get NEW cages, maybe in our new wing!!  So excited....aren't you?

Keep checking back for more info...there's always something new happening here at Prehistoric Pets!

 

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

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Who's in my house??

 

So with everything going on here...cementing, painting, wierd smells, loud noises...how are the animals taking it??

Well, they know something strange is happening, but they don't seem to mind.  Mainly they have this newfound curiosity and activity.

Here we see a male water monitor sizing up our renovation guy, Lance.  Its as if he's saying "What are you up to?  I run this place".

 

For the ones that don't watch our every move, they seem to "act" like they have no concern....sneaky.  Here, our Panther Chameleon "pretends" not to notice as Lance files down the cement right outside his cage.

 

And of course, there are the ones that just don't care....

 

So, in all, our tough critters are adapting quite well to the chaos.  Come keep them company, they LOVE the attention!

 

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

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Why not do everything at once??

 

As our SPOOKY Masquerade party is getting closer...Jay is eager to get as much renovation done as possible! 

We are still making progress on the alligator enclosure, cementing the finishing touches on the basin floor before we test water in it.  Its coming together quite smoothly and we are very excited to see the end result!

 

If any of you came in to Prehistoric Pets yesterday, you would have seen our newest renovation happening live!  We gave the old yucky floor behind our front counter a nice, attractive, THICK layer of cement as well.  Although our employees had to literally sit on the counter to fill orders while the floor dried, the result was worth it!

 

We are also continuing work on the new Caiman Lizard enclosure right inside the zoo.  It is looking fantastic!  Just look at how many people we need for this job...

 

Jay thinks these will be completed by our party date (Oct 30th)....what do you guys think??

 

With all the effort and hard work going into this...it can be done.  So make sure to attend our Spooky Costume Party at the Zoo (Sunday Oct 30th, 5-10pm) and see for yourselves!

 

 

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

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Update....


Things are moving along very well now for our Alligator & Snapping Turtle enclosure. We had a crew in today that did an awesome job cementing the inside of the tank, it looks fantastic! The glass is drying steadily, and we will be able to fill it with water right on schedule.




They did a wonderful job molding the cement into "rock-like" formations, and shaping it to look like the rest of the surroundings. Soon they will be painting everything and putting on the final touches!!


BEFORE



AFTER




We are all very excited for the final outcome. I even heard talk about exotic FISH?!?!?!? I shall keep you updated as more information flows in! For now...comment us on Facebook and give your feedback, suggestions, and ideas!!! Peace out home slices....


<3......................Thalia
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Its FINALLY happening!! The countdown is on!!


Ok, so maybe we are roughly 500 days behind schedule...but we are finally putting the finishing touches on our Alligator & Snapping Turtle enclosure! I told you guys a few weeks ago that we had acquired the glass, and it came in just a couple days ago. Well, last night, Jay and his crew actually started putting in the pieces and we got some awesome pics and video.

The glass is INSANE. Three pieces have been put in, and they are 3 1/4, laminated, 300 lb monsters! Not only are they heavy to lift, but they are tough to install. Here are some pics from the crew's "workout"....







Once the glue was applied, it was almost a race against time to lift, correctly place, and PUSH the pieces into place. Just check out this effort and teamwork...





....and they haven't even gotten to the BIGGEST piece yet...a 600lb WHOPPER!!




Take a look at the finished half of the enclosure....you can almost visualize how awesome its gonna be!





Great job everyone!! We are so excited for the finished product!!

But remember zoo-goers...no touching!




SO EXCITED!!!

<3........................Thalia
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A new project!

So yesterday I started working on this new project at The Reptile Zoo and it is going, well, ok I guess, but when it's finished it will be spectacular!  Here are a couple shots of it so you can maybe take some guesses as to what the project is or what the project is going to be!!!!

I love creative projects!

And I gotta tell ya, I come up with some crazy ideas sometimes about what i think would be cool (so does Jay) but Jay gave this project a thumbs up, while everyone else gave it a thumbs down!  Good thing he's the boss... so all is still a go!

Any ideas?

hint..................i'm from Florida, home of yard ornaments and lawn decorations

 

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