The Reptile Zoo Down Under... Water

 

With the expansion of The Reptile Zoo we have had the unique opportunity to add two new semi-aquatic exhibits and plenty of beautiful new animals to our list of exhibits. One of a kind semi-aquatic displays have been integral since Prehistoric Pets' creation, way before The Reptile Zoo was even considered. We started with our 2,000 gallon pond which is most known for it's always hungry residents, red-eared slider turtles. 

This original display has served as a great resource for the community as all of the turtles who call the Prehistoric Pets pond home have been rescued or dropped off to provide a better home. To help care for these animals while also providing an entertaining hands-on experience visitors are given the opportunity, with a small fee, to feed these rambunctious turtles and fish their favorite snack, superworms. Every once in a while these visitors get a little more than they bargained for with a splash of Shamu proportions created by the feeding frenzy, which only adds to the entertainment for everyone.

When we decided to make the plunge and renovate to make way for The Reptile Zoo we knew we wanted to encorporate a splash of fun. This of course came in the form of "Gator Island" the 3,000 gallon all glass enclosure.  It took a couple years for this dream to become a reality, but once it was finally complete we liked it so much we built a smaller version, The Caiman Swimming Hole.

Not only do these new enclosures provide the perfect display environment for our exotic reptiles like Asian Water Monitors, the Motley Crew our Caiman Lizards group, and Darthgator the American Alligator, but also some of their aquatic friends. 

    

Gator Island is home to the largest of our aquatic specimens including Pacu, dark colored carnivorous fish who can reach over 50 lbs and are closely related to pirrahna which is pretty obvious whenever its feeding time!

Even larger than their Pacu neighbors Gator Island is home to both Tiger Shovelnose Catfish and Redtail Catfish who can both reach almost 6 feet in length. Appropriately the Tiger Shovelnose Catfish is identified by it's tiger like markings and flattened nose while the Redtail Catfish has a distinctly red tailfin and white stomach.

The prize from most secretive resident of Gator Island has to go to our Common and Alligator Snapping Turtles who only seem to make an appearance when there is food involved. Each currently weighs about 15lbs but have the potential to grow up to 200+ lbs with some records claiming even 400lbs!

In the Caiman Swimming Hole the animals are smaller, but that definetly doesn't describe their personalities which more than compensate. They were practically jumping out of the water to make sure they got in the photo!

We have 2 baby Hypo Alligator Snapping Turtles call The Caiman Swimming Hole home. Just like their older relatives at Gator Island these guys have some huge potential which will make them beautiful to look at with their unique Hypo, missing most black pigment, coloration.

Our fish residents in The Caiman Swiming Hole are both Tiger Oscar Fish, one with normal coloration and the other is bright albino each will grow to be about 18 inches.

Last but not least we are lucky enough to have a Fly River Turtle, also known as a Pig Nose Turtle which describes his unique snout like nose who looks more like a sea turtle with his cute grey flippers which help him glide through the water.

Next time you are at The Reptile Zoo make sure you don't miss all of our underwater friends, who knows they might even swim up to say hello!

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Zoo News

 

October may be over, but the excitement is just beginning!

Our newely finished alligator exhibit is up and running, with our 5-foot gator as well as an Alligator Snapping Turtle enjoying the abundant water.  We are still working on getting an even larger gator (fingers crossed) to inhabit the super cool enclosure, but until then, take part in our contest to name the one we have!  Come in to the zoo anytime and find the "naming table" by the photobooth/animal handling area.  There are bright green slips of paper, enter your alligator name idea, YOUR name, address, and email for a chance to win a 1-year pass to the Zoo!  Drop them in the blue bucket and at the end of December we will sort through them all, put the best ones on our Facebook page and let our fans decide!!  (So check back for that portion of the contest and get your friends to vote!)

 

Make sure to not only check out the gator and snapping turtles...but also the Softshell Turtles, Red-eared Sliders, and the Pacu (a South American freshwater fish related to the Piranha).  They used to be in the pond up front, but in this exhibit you really see how HUGE they are!

 

The Caiman Lizard enclosure turned out so awesome!  If you haven't seen the finished product come check it out!  They are so happy swimming around with the turtles and fish.  This particular enclosure again provides a GREAT view of one of the sneakier fish in the front pond...the Red-tail Catfish! (come and see if you can find him!)

 

Our new wing next door is being worked on everyday...I hear talk of a new presentation area, new zoo exhibits, and even a new incubation room with a window for guests!  How cool does that sound?!?!?!  I can't wait to see what happens....

Our Water Monitor Breeding Group is honeymooning in the gator exhibit for right now, and it seems to be working its magic...we will most likely have a few clutches on the way VERY soon!!

ALSO, this is a big month for us because of Black Friday!!  Yayyyyyy!  There are going to be some SWEET deals happening, and I will keep you informed...possibly another party as well??  We'll see.....

 

As for the Zoo itself, we are still the same AWESOME place to come hang out, look around, bring the kids, and PARTY!  Plus, we are getting new additions to the zoo or retail area almost every week, so there is always something new to see! 

 

See you soon herpers!!

<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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Forever Wild and RaTtLeSnAkEs at The Reptile Zoo!!


Big Day.......no, HUGE DAY!

It's awesomely chaotic here at The Reptile Zoo today. Lots of guests coming in to see our newely-displayed, local-species rattlesnakes, which include a Southern Pacific, a Western Diamondback, an ALBINO Western Diamondback, and a Colorado Desert Sidewinder! After almost a year of waiting, they are finally open to see at your leisure!




Come visit The Zoo to get up close and personal with these exhibits!!

Also.......TODAY ONLY.....from 5-10pm, Joel Almquist from Forever Wild will be here with a Kinkajou, a Parrot, a Snapping Turtle, and an American Alligator! You can't miss it!



There are also a ton of changes going on. We are giving our shop a make-over! So, we apologize for the bit of mess and noise, but please come on in and join the party!!



As always, there is so much to see and do here. We are not only featuring our newest creatures...but also the ones you know and love! Come see Twinkie, the world's largest snake....Thelma and Louise, the two-headed Texas Rat Snake.....Ninja, the eyeless python.....Sonny, the albino iguana.....George, the 200-lb Tortoise.....and so much more!!

Come meet the new addition to our decor as well: Adam, the 13-foot 50%-scale MALE T-Rex, created by Frausto and Darrow Stretz...It's rare to see a model of a male T-rex (they have the spines down the back). He's a recycled dino...made out of plastic bags (paper-mache fashion), and was originally made for a Smithsonian traveling-gallery. Wicked!




PHEW! That's a lot going on in one day...but man are these guests enjoying it. Not only that, but we, the employees, are SOOOOOO excited!

Oh! and I almost forgot...we also got a surprise this morning....about 8 or 9 baby Colombian Rainbow Boas appeared next to their mommy and daddy today. They didn't want to be late for the PARTY!!



Admission is the same, but the experience is even bigger today! So come visit us, and see things that you have never seen before!

<3................Thalia
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Rattlesnake Tuesday

This Tuesday is a very special day for us here at The Reptile Zoo. It's the official unveiling of the Rattlesnakes. There will be four species of Rattlesnakes open for the public to view. The four species are the Western Diamondback, Southern Pacific, Southwestern Speckled and the Colorado Desert Sidewinder. This is an important step for us here and we invite everyone to come down and celebrate with us. There will be lots of fun including Joel from Forever Wild, who will be here with an assortment of special animals. He will have with him some surprising animals including an alligator and a snapping turtle. These will be a sneak peak of what's to come once we finish construction on our alligator and snapping turtle enclosures. We've been looking forward to this event for a long time and hope everyone can come down and have some close encounters with some truly remarkable exotic animals.
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