Auto-Whaty?!

Heeeyyyyy Herpers!

Now we all love our cute cuddly critters, but Why Oh, Why do they have such wEiRd little quirks?  Like what you may ask?  Take for instance, a reptiles ability to be autotomic? Auto-whaty? .... Let me explain. =D

Autotomy, not Autonomy, is the act whereby an animal severs one or more of its own appendages by self amputation.  This is commonly used as a self defense mechanisim to escape a predators deadly grasp!  Coooool...or Grooooooss?!?  TOTALLY GROSS!!!  No need to fear however, most reptiles can REGROW the lost limb!!!  Coooool ..... or Grooooossss?!? C'Mon...thats EASY... TOTALLY COOL!!!  ^O^  Now that we know what they do and why....  what about WHO does what?  Let's check it out!

REPTILES:

Geckos, Skinks and other lizards that are captured by the tail will shed part of the tail structure and then be free to escape!  The detached tail will continue to wriggle, creating a distracting sense of continued struggle and turning the predator's attention from the escaping prey animal.The animal can partially grow back its lost limb within a couple weeks.  However, there are some exceptions like the rested Gecko, who cannot regrow a lost tail. =(

Autotomic Lizard:

Tailess (Frog-Butt) Crested Gecko <3:

INVERTEBRATES: (Spiders)

Spiders that find themselves trapped, or in life-threatening situations can autotomize, "self-amputate" their legs. They DO have like what....8 to spare??  The missing limb(s) can regenerate over the course of several moults, and the spider will resume 'full functionality' in those limbs over time.

This Spider has lost 2 legs...

Feel a bit better now?  Good!  Hopefully this will help us all rethink how we choose to handle our delicate friends and keep them all in ONE piece! ^O^ !

Happy Herping!!!

^O^......Priscilla

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Fire...fighters At The Reptile Zoo

 

Hola Herpers!   The summer months are definitely heating up here at the Reptile Zoo with kids off of school, visitors on vacations and more and more new animal arrivals!  Our team is hard at work to better our Zoo and store for your education, experience and enjoyment!  With so many volunteers out at the OC Fair promoting our Reptile Zoo/Jurassic Parties booth, we are hard at work here at the home base awaiting the rest of summer’s surprises, hosting parties and giving animals to new loving homes!  Here are a few snap shots from today.

 

^O^……Priscilla

 

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Good Morning Reptile Enthusiasts!

 

Today is my first official day working at The Reptile Zoo. Yesterday, me and 3 other trainees were

inducted into the world of reptiles. I happened to be the only one without much experience with

reptiles and amphibians, and let me tell you, by the end of training I had dealt with more snakes,

tarantulas and scorpions than I could have ever wished to handle in an entire lifetime! The enormous

selection that Prehistoric Pets has to offer is astounding! I was able to get over my fear of spiders, but

something is definitely holding me back from getting all cute and cuddly with those super worms haha. I

even battled wits with the giant tortoises by trying to pick one up. Tortoise – 1. Shannon – 0, I’m sad to

say.

Of all the reptiles that I was introduced to, my favorite would have to be the Bearded Dragon. These

little guys were so gentile to hold and look like the toughest guys around. Plus, their curious head tilt is

super adorable!

 

Well that’s all for now! I can’t wait to go on more adventures here at Prehistoric Pets. There always

seems to be something going on and something new to learn about.

-

Shannon

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Arachnophobia!!!

Good evening fans!  Hey...if you have a fear of eight-legged creatures, then The Reptile Zoo is a great place to conquer it!  We have beautiful Rose-Hair Tarantulas, as well as impressive Emperor Scorpions, that are very well-tempered and make great pets.  Here are a few guests checking them out...while getting over their fears!

peace out........Thalia   :-*

 

Emperor Scorpion....

 

Great face....

 

Check out the shirt....

 

Very brave.....

 

Adorable  : )

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