Faces in Support of Reptiles

Hundreds of visitors enjoy The Reptile Zoo and all of it's creatures each week, over 16,000 reptile presentations completed by Jurassic Parties alone, and thousands of reptiles are responsibly kept as pets across the United States, but somehow these people, these faces, are overlooked and demonized for their support of reptiles. At The Reptile Zoo we are ready to put a face to these supporters of the reptile community and use these faces to garner support for the protection of these species.

On The Reptile Zoo's Twitter and Facebook pages we will be posting a daily image of people from every walk and stage of life who have benefited from their interaction with these beautiful creatures. Below are just a sampling of the photos to come. We invite you to join our mission by posting your pictures, sharing your stories, and spreading the support for reptiles and their keepers.

To view all of the photos please visit www.Facebook.com/TheReptileZoo

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It's not Wednesday it's TIM'S DAY! Duh.

**Stay Tuned, The Day is Young!**

It’s an exciting week here at Prehistoric Pets/ The Reptile Zoo and we just can’t hold it in anymore!  First, we welcomed the arrival of our FIRST captive bred Leachianus Gecko in The Reptile Zoo!  Born from our two adult Leachies, Bubbles and Squishy, our little newborn has been quite the talk of the shop.  No bigger than a pinky finger, this lil’ leachie has the honor of sharing birthdays with our dear friend and colleague, Tim O, giving him his new name, Little Timmy!

Little Timmy's first photos <3

To send this exciting week into OVERDRIVE, might we inform you its TIM O’REILLY’S BIRTHDAY?!?  There’s not enough space in the cybernet world to begin to blog or post all the Thanks and kudos earned and deserved by our dear friend.  Most of you know Tim; others have only seen him transporting giant Retics from room to room or assisting Jay in a clutch pull video.   Either way, we are dedicating all our posts and blogs to this important asset of the Prehistoric Pets team.  Although deserving of much more, hopefully we can shed some light on the “Man in the Back”.

Starting with Prehistoric Pets in 2002, Tim was hired onboard and placed straight into breeding responsibilities.  Unlike most associates who went thru counter and register experience to floor then to office duties, Tim was immediately placed right where he worked best.  Even though he was given breeding duties, Tim still assisted the counter, sales floor, birthday parties, office duties and MORE.  Working side by side at the time with our main breeder Todd Dyer, Tim reinvented breeding Retics, Ball Pythons and Burmese Pythons.  Heck, back then that’s what it was all about.  But not for long; later Tim would assist in the evolution of Retic breeding, changing the focus from Burms and Balls to Reticulated Reticulated Reticulated. Now, Tim leads our Reticulated Python breeding as Breeding Manager.

Tim isn’t just appreciated and respected for his breeding knowledge, but for his incredible work ethic.  Working an average of 6 days since he STARTED and hardly letting illness keep him away from work, Tim has been a perfect example of a model associate and colleague.   Maybe you’ve seen Tim work our booth at The OC Fair?  He took over fair responsibilities for 3 summers until Juliette was able to run the crew and Tim could return to wrangling some of the most beautiful, big and even rare breeds of snake.  There have even been times when Tim has unselfishly given his time and worked 14 days straight to help out completion of random projects!  He really gives a new meaning to the phrase "Jack of all Trades".  =P

Despite what you may think, when Tim isn’t pulling clutches, measuring Retics, shedding and cleaning our animals, he actually enjoys spending his leisure time fishing!  Just today Tim stopped in, pulled his Birthday clutch and headed out to sea for some Lobster fishin!  All of us here at Prehistoric Pets wish Tim the happiest of Birthdays!  Drop your trap, kick up your feet and enjoy the crisp ocean breeze on YOUR more than deserved special day. 

Tim and Jay pull Tim's Birthday Clutch!


Happy Birthday Tim!



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.............We're not done with you yet!  While Tim was out Lobster fishing and Jay took over his duties, guess what we found?!  The Reptile Zoo's FIRST ever Jaguar Het Albino X Irian Jaya!  This all being made possible with the help of Tim himself and Michael Jim, and of course Jay pokinghis nose in.  We are really looking forward to see what the Carpet Het Jaguar Albino's come out like.  Tell us what you think...

Looks like a promising clutch! 

Not to mention we're seeing some of the coolest eggs and hatchlings come around!



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Prepare Yourselves for NARBC at Tinley Park, IL

Today is our final prep day before Jay and Garrett head out to the Tinley Park NARBC: North American Reptile Breeders Conference this weekend! We will have 2 tables full of great python morphs to look at, and if the price is right to take home! Wonder what we're bringing? Here are just a couple glimpses into what you can expect this weekend.


The list is full of pythons including burms and rock pythons which are part of the "python ban" that goes into effect March 23. That means if you don't live in California this will be one of your last chances to pick up one of the 4 species from Prehistoric Pets. And of course there are plenty of industry leading retics on the list as well!


The Friday Summit is a place to not only hear from some of the industries top professionals but also BOTH of our voices in Washington PIJAC & USARK. Prior to the panel discussion we will hear from USARK and PIJAC about the most current legislation facing us, and what they are doing to fight it. Come prepared for the panel discussion loaded with questions, as the night is an open forum of Questions and Answers. When you leave Friday night you should know EXACTLY what you can do to better help in the fight against this onslaught of legislation our hobby and industry face. We hope to see everyone come out and participate in what we feel is THE MOST IMPORTANT HERP MEETING EVER. New legal issues will always be on the horizon so we will all need to be united in one voice or our hobby/industry are doomed........come out and HELP UNIFY THE INDUSTRY!

Friday, March 16th  Outside Main Exhibit Hall

7:00 PM Ben Siegel - Burmese Python Initiative
7:15 PM Andrew Wyatt – USARK President
7:45 PM Mike Canning – PIJAC President


If you plan on visiting this weekend's show be sure to stop by and say hello at our booth, but more importantly please make sure to attend the USARK summit on Friday night!

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Rise and Shine!


Rise and shine, wakey wakey everyone!  Why the wakeup call?  Well it seems to all of us here at Prehistoric Pets that everyone (including the reptiles) is having a tough time adjusting to the time change today.  With an hour leap forward, most of us dragged ourselves out of our warm beds with the moan and groan of a typical morn unwanted.  Walking into the shop, you’re sure to see majority of the snakes and lizards sleeping while the turtles and fish are already running amuck!

Rusty and Tristan are ready to start the day!

How are you adjusting to the time change?  Resolve to just hide your head beneath the blankets and avoid the coming of the sun for as long as possible? Or do you wake up with a full body stretch and a yawn, welcoming the new day coming?  Well whatever you do, you can bet on half the shop doing about the same thing, critter or not =P. 

We thought we would share some cute and cuddly photos of our reptile friends sleeping, avoiding the wake up chat of early guests and some eagerly waiting for the groups of families to come say hello!  You can count me in with the guys hiding from the sun hee hee ;P!

It's okay buddy, I'd be hiding from the daylight too ;D

I'd hide my head too if someone tried to steal an hour away from MY naptime!

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone and hopefully no one over slept for any important plans! =P




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Python Ban: The Adaptability Argument



Prehistoric Pets has long worked with a wide variety of species of large constrictors, over a span of many years. During that time, we have come to an intimate understanding of the animals we have worked with, their temperature and environmental needs, personalities, reproductive and feeding capabilities. With this background and some additional research it becomes clear the animals recently added to the Lacey act are neither capable of living outside of their current establishment in the Everglades or pose a reasonable threat to humans. We’ve compiled just some of the facts we’ve found within the documentation supposedly backing this faulty legislation.

We urge you to read these excerpts, examine the sources and develop your own opinion on the subject, but please please do not rely on sensationalized images and articles with an underlying agenda. Today we will cover the adaptability argument that is so often misconstrued and sensationalized by hypothetical ideas instead of the facts proven by multiple tests.








Large constrictor snakes released into federal lands, such as National Parks or National Wildlife Refuges, not only present a threat to the living resources protected for the benefit of the public on those lands but they also present the potential for the establishment of reproducing populations, which can then become a source for the spread of these species into surrounding states.


Jewell says the import ban won't help the Everglades — it's too late there. It's meant to keep pythons and other constrictors from spreading. The Fish and Wildlife Service's research suggests that they could live almost anywhere in the Southern U.S.


In a related study, Dorcas et al. (2010) relocated 10 Burmese pythons from the Everglades to an outdoor research setting in South Carolina in June 2009. The following January, the pythons all died.


In a study conducted in the Everglades, nine of ten radio-tracked snakes in shallow marsh habitat perished either from the cold temperatures or from complications experienced as a consequence of the cold temperatures.



The Service’s injurious wildlife evaluation indicates these snakes have this potential, particularly the potential to expand beyond south Florida. Large constrictor snakes have demonstrated that they are highly adaptable to new environments, consuming any prey available, and they are observed to efficiently use habitats available to them in their existing U.S. locations.


In a related study, Dorcas et al. (2010) relocated 10 Burmese pythons from the Everglades to an outdoor research setting in South Carolina in June 2009. The following January, the pythons all died.



Question 11:  Why not just allow each State to decide whether or not these four species of snakes or any other species should be banned?

The application of the Lacey Act prohibitions on these snake species is necessary because public interests of U.S. citizens are, and may reasonably be assumed to be in the future, affected across state boundaries.  Large constrictor snakes released into federal lands, such as National Parks or National Wildlife Refuges, not only present a threat to the living resources protected for the benefit of the public on those lands but they also present the potential for the establishment of reproducing populations, which can then become a source for the spread of these species into surrounding states.


In a related study, Dorcas et al. (2010) relocated 10 Burmese pythons from the Everglades to an outdoor research setting in South Carolina in June 2009. The following January, the pythons all died.



Snakes Get Lobbyists in Fight Over Boa Ban

The snake species considered for the federal listing could survive in about one-third of U.S. states and territories, the U.S. Geological Survey said in a report by scientists at its Fort Collins Science Center in Colorado.


Climate change may extend their habitat as far north as New York and Washington state by 2100, according to the study.



Question 8:  In making this determination, how much consideration did the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service give to climate change and its potential to increase the geographic range of habitat that can support populations of these snakes? 


Answer:  Our final rule is based on current climate conditions.



The threat of Burmese pythons slinking toward Manhattan is overblown, according to a 2008 study by scientists at the City University of New York. They said weather patterns will confine them to the Everglades and far-southern Texas.



Moving snakes into unfamiliar territory may compromise their chances to survive.



Given the climate flexibility exhibited by the Burmese python in its native range (as analyzed through the U.S. Geological Survey’s climate-matching predictions in the United States), new generations within the leading edge of the population’s nonnative range could become increasingly adaptable and able to expand to colder climates.




A report recently issued by Dave Hallac and colleagues at Florida's Everglades National Park determined that at least 70 crocodiles, more than 60 manatees, and countless plants, butterflies and snakes have died within the Everglades marshes and mangroves so far this winter. Hallac said the impact of the cold weather has been "substantial" in South Florida.

But Behnke believes at least some of the snake deaths could help local ecosystems. Burmese and African rock pythons, along with other animals, are not native to the area and are considered to be "invasive." Because they are tropical species, these animals have very low cold tolerance. Some Burmese pythons have even been found frozen stiff in the Everglades.

Scott Hardin, the FWC's exotic species coordinator, said half of South Florida's python population might have died in the recent cold weather.




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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!

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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!








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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!!


Petros, Mark. "Enchi Ball Python". 2011. http://www.ballpython777.com/enchi/enchi.html
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Jurassic Fact of the Week!

Ok, we have another new addition to our information line-up....Jurassic Fact of the Week. Each week we will be posting info on a party animal, a party presenter, or maybe just a party itself. Our goal is to get more information out on how totally completely super awesome our parties are! So, our first fact is about one of our presenters...the cunning Kayla!

Kayla's Fact:

(speaking about her presentations)

"I'm big on education, so I like to bring a boa, a python, and a colubrid. I ask for 3 volunteers, and have each kid hold a snake, then teach them the differences between the families."

How cool! Kayla, keep up the awesome work!
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The Price Is Right!!!!!!!

 OK, so I know for sure that all you guys don't have the money to spend on all the amazing high end things we have here, and since that's mostly what I have been taking pictures of, I thought I would take a few pics of some of the things we have in our shop that are for sale that are under 300 dollars.  I don't know how many of you are breeders or pet owners, or just enthusiasts, but we really do have some affordable awesome pets in addition to our amazing retic collections!  Some cute things that kids can play with, that you can hold and pet and love and kiss even!!!  I hope you like the collection I have assembled, if you have any questions about anything please let me know and I will try and answer, or at least find you someone who can!!!  Ok?  Cool, enjoy!


much love




Knob Tail Gecko



Leucistic Pine Snake



Frog Eyed Gecko




Fire Bellied Toad



Cave Gecko



False Water Cobra



Hog Island Boa



Albino African House Snake



Box Turtle



Savannah Monitor



A bunch of corn snakes



My Finger, but you can't buy it for under 300, the snake however is fair game!
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