'Tis the Season!


Oh, Christmas. Everyone's favorite time of year. Don't you just LOVE to make a mug of cocoa, listen to christmas music, and decorate the tree??

Well, however you celebrate this time of year...its definitely ALL about love, generosity, and family. Here at Prehistoric Pets, we are getting into the spirit already by breaking out the decor! We love this time of year...Uncle Louie especially...and are excited to spruce the place up with some bows and garland!




This spectacular decorating job is due to our own Uncle Louie, a very dedicated member of our team.




Even some of your favorite animals are feeling "jolly".....

Fred the Frilled Dragon topping Frosty the Snowman:



Charlie the Crested Gecko, looking into Frosty's eye:



Zoey and Joey, the Ball Pythons...not knowing what to make of all this sparkly stuff:



Ghost, the Anery Cornsnake, wishing we had mouse-flavored candy canes:



There is so much more to go, so come by soon to take it all in, and feel the warm fuzzies of Christmas!


And speaking of Christmas...we are STILL taking Operation Christmas Child boxes!



So, if you are a procrastinator, have no fear...we will take your boxes until the end of the year!
Don't miss out, its a very good thing...to help Samaritan's Purse, and the joy that they bring!
Visit their site, if you are confused...they show you all the gifts from which you can choose!
Fill your box with school stuff and toys...and children around the world will be filled with JOY!



So, bring in your donation to Operation Christmas Child and Prehistoric Pets will take it to the Samaritan's Purse drop-off location...PLUS donate $1 for EVERY box given! Its a win-win...win!


Operation Christmas Child

How to Pack a Shoebox





If you do nothing else, please visit their site...its a great cause, and a beautiful foundation. Very interesting information, definitely worth a look:

Samaritan's Purse



Thanks everyone! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Prehistoric Pets Inc!


<3....................Thalia
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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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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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Black Friday....Prehistoric Style

 

Its that time of year herpers.....when eager shoppers, hopped up on Starbucks, wait in line to stampede for the sacred GREAT DEAL.

Well, we do it differently here at Prehistoric Pets...simply make an offer, and we might just cave.

If you go to PrehistoricInc.com/BlackFriday you can learn EVERYTHING about how this works. We show you how to make an offer, all the rules involved, shipping terms, and even what animals are available!! 

This is something you will NOT want to miss out on. If you are a first-time herp-buyer, or if you have a reptile zoo of your own...HURRY! 



So, starting at 12am on Friday, November 25th...start calling in, or emailing in those CRAZY offers, it just might work! We make CrAzY deals people!! You have 24 hours....don't waste it!

Go to the website, look through the animals, find your dream pet, and make an offer within your budget!! WHAT?!?!?!? Hey, its Black Friday....

And there's nothing we can't handle....


 

Contact us at:

Call/Text 714.907.7312

Email BlackFriday@prehistoricpets.com

Facebook Prehistoric Pets

Twitter @PrehistoricInc

Youtube PrehistoricPetsTV

 

We can't wait, and you shouldn't either! Get ready....its almost here!


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

 

 

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Same old JFW.......but something NEW!!

 

Ok, Jurassic Fact of the Week time...the knowledge of champions, people.

So, I have said a little bit about becoming more teacher-friendly in our presentations.....well, we are going above and beyond!  I have the SoCal Public Schools Science Content Guidelines, and I personally have gone over each grade and created a list of necessary "add-ins" for the presenters to use in their talks.

If we book an educational presentation, I will email the teacher to find out what grade, and if there are any topics that need to be focused on.  That way, there are no worries as to the educational quality of the event that you book for your students. 

PLUS, I have been working on our own group of "worksheets" for each grade, that we can give to the teacher for after the presentation.  They are everything from coloring sheets of the reptiles we bring, all the way up to in depth anatomy of a certain animal.  We sometimes even do college or university presentations...so we are getting prepared for everything from kindergarten on up!

We know children will take these home to their parents...its just another way of getting our name out there to make more of your events unforgettable!  We have SO many people come in and say they had NO idea about this place...so we are going full steam with the effort to get the word out!  

We are Prehistoric Pets Inc.......hear us ROAR!

I am very excited about this...I love education...and to be able to say that we are fully in-line with your lesson plans is a great thing!  So, teachers of SoCal:  call, email, or stop by Prehistoric Pets today to book your JURASSIC PARTY!!  Its alllllways a hit with the kids!

 

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

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Fred-lits?

 

Hurry!  Before its too late!

We have TWO baby Frilled Dragons on sale right now for $199.99...and they are the cutest little guys.

They are extremely tame, and would make an excellent addition to your family!

Native to Australia and New Guinea, they get their name from the large frill around their neck, which they can fan-out to ward off enemies.  This unusual attribute is achieved by long spines of cartilage attached to the jaw bones.  This is why when the frill "pops out" you commonly see the lizard's mouth open wide!

They are crazy little lizards, let me tell you.  VERY entertaining, lol. 

They eat mostly insects, such as crickets and large worms, and males can reach up to 3 feet long.  When running, frilled lizards can even stand up and run on two-feet!  They make for a really cool little pet, not only because of the frill, but they have a super spunky attitude.

Many of you probably know our beloved shop-pet "Fred" the Frilled Dragon.  He has a permanent residence here, and man is he spoiled.  Everyone loves him, especially for the birthday parties, because he LOVES to climb on top of your head!

So we dubbed our little babies...Fred-lits.  They are SO cute, and showing the same sweet and cooky personality of their friend Fred.

Call, or stop by, for more info...and come check out these lovable creatures!  Remember, Christmas is right around the corner!

($199.99......they won't be here for long!)

 

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

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Hog Wild

 

Love is in the air here at Prehistoric Pets....for the animals anyway.     :-P

Today we discovered our Hognose Snake couple getting very cozy in their home.  Hmmmmmm...

Can't you just feel the love??  Hopefully there will be some little ones on the way VERY soon!!!

How exciting......so WHAT is a Hognose Snake you may ask??

Well, they are a colubrid snake, native to the U.S. and northern Mexico, with a characteristic upturned snout.  This snout serves its purpose as a very handy tool in digging and burrowing through sandy soil.  They are HIGHLY variable in color and pattern, sometimes blotched, sometimes solid...and range in color from red, green, orange, brown, and black.  So how do you tell???  The nose doesn't lie my friends...

When threatened, they actually raise off the ground and hiss, mimicking a cobra.  Sounds like a cool little dude.  The largest species of Hognose Snake can reach almost 6 feet...but most stay relatively small (around 2 feet).  They are rear-fanged, but not techinically venomous.  The saliva is toxic to prey but not dangerous to humans, and they NEVER bite.  How can they be sure?  Experiments have proved that you must smell like their prey to even get a feigned strike.  Nice.

 

So, maybe soon we will have some tiny hognoses running around...but until then come check out the loving couple here at The Reptile Zoo.  See you soon herpers!

 

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

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He Who MUST Be Named

 

Hello herp fans....many of you know that Prehistoric Pets recently acquired a 5-foot male American Alligator.  You probably also know that we just finished his enclosure and had a party to celebrate!  Well, after all that time and excitement, he still remains NAMELESS!

This poor little guy needs your help...how can such a beautiful creature go without a name???

We are holding a contest that began at our Spooky Masquerade this past October, where you as our guests (and web fans) can enter a name suggestion and possibly win an awesome prize, a 1-year pass to The Reptile Zoo! 

Here at Prehistoric, we will narrow the names down at the end of December, choose around 10 or 15 of the best ones, post them on our Facebook pages and let our fans VOTE!  So, once we get them up, if yours is chosen it is your job to get your family, friends, coworkers, poker partners, Avon ladies, cats, and anyone else to vote for yours!!!

So far, we have over 100 names in, and it grows every single day!  Some of the awesome ones that I have seen so far include Darth Gator, Black Beard, Gladiator, and Pickle.  So, remember, he is a BOY, and very very handsome.  Online, you can send in your name ideas to:

BLOG@prehistoricinc.com

Please include your name, plus your name for the gator, as well as your hometown and phone number.

Thanks, and buena suerte!

 

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

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Operation Christmas Child

 

Calling all Herpers! (and even the non-herpers)    We need your help!

This year, The Reptile Zoo is working with Operation Christmas Child.  OCC is a program created by Samaritan's Purse International Relief.  Following the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37), SPIR gives aid to the world's poor, sick, and suffering.  Since 1970, they have provided critical relief to the victims of natural disaster, war, disease, and famine all over the planet.  Their endeavors include Haiti, Kenya, Sudan, Cambodia, and the Amazon Basin...and thats just recently.

Operation Christmas Child was started in 1990 as a way to not only reach those less fortunate, but to aid the effort that no child should be forgotten on Christmas.  Samaritan's Purse adds a "Greatest Gift of All" booklet with many of the shoeboxes, so that kids can learn about Jesus, God's greatest gift.  Parents see these showboxes as well, and in turn, also learn of Jesus' love for them. 

Last Christmas (2010) approximately 1.12 MILLION children from 14 countries across the world recieved special shoebox gifts.  That's incredible!  Hundreds of volunteers braved the rubble of Haiti, the rural villages of Romania, and even ARCTIC conditions to ensure that children living in difficult circumstances would experience the joy of receiving a gift at Christmas.  Just amazing.  I have personally been reading some of the stories and blogs on their website, looking at pictures, and seeing the facts....you guys HAVE to check it out and learn more, its fantastic!  What an awesome and altruistic organization.  Just look at these smiles:

 

So, here at The Reptile Zoo, we are acting as a drop-off site for you.  Not only that, we will donate $1 to SPIR for EVERY box received.

Now, how do you make a box??  You will need a shoebox, or a closed container of the same size.  You can wrap the box, but please wrap the lid separately.  Next, distinguish if your gift is for a boy, or a girl, and what age group (2-4, 5-9, 10-14).  There are convenient labels that you can print out and tape to the top of the box at the "Pack a Shoebox" website at the bottom. 

Fill the box with a variety of gifts (examples on the same website...they include toys, school supplies, and hygiene items).  Please also include a $7 donation to cover shipping costs (check made out to Samaritan's Purse, with "OCC" in the memo line, in an envelope inside the box).  You can make one combined donation if you are donating more than one box.  Finally, please place a rubber band around each box and take them to the drop off site.  (Prehistoric Pets)

If you are not local, there are drop-off locations near you, just check out the site:

http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/Drop_Off_Locations/

 

Note:  Please DO NOT include used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy weapons or soldiers, chocolate or food, out-of-date candy, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items (glass), or aerosol cans

The Reptile Zoo will take all of your donations (plus our donation of $1 per box) to the collection site around the end of November.  Official collection dates are Nov 14-21 but we can take boxes after that as well.  OCC takes donations year-round.

So come one everyone, let's make this Christmas memorable for the children of the world!

 

 

I have included the website for Samaritan's Purse, as well as the OCC link for shoebox making, plus a link for a shoebox-making video...also, make sure to look around the SPIR website, its amazing!! 

So, you have the tools, now let's start creating some smiles!  Thanks everyone!!!

 

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

 

SamaritansPurse.org

How to Pack a Shoebox


Video Link

 

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