JFW...its what we do

 

Many people forget about one of the cutest little critters that we bring to our parties.  They are a big hit in the handling area of our Zoo...several young guests have even named them.

So, for this Jurassic Fact of the Week, what small lizard is covered in spots???

 

LEOPARD GECKOS!   YAYYYYYY!

 

I love them...don't you??  They are so sweet and gentle, and aren't their tails just awesome?  Leopard Geckos have a naturally FAT tail...it not only stores fat, but serves as a huge defense.  When a predator is near, that tail looks mighty tasty, so they usually bite there first.  The Leopard Gecko will POP it off, and run away to safety!  But thats not all.....they then grow a NEW one!  How cool is that?  I want to grow a tail......

Leopard Geckos always get an "Awwwwwwww" when they come out to be handled.  They are adorable, very tame, and usually have awesome colors.  They make wonderful pets too!  These guys are from the desert areas of Pakistan, so they DO need more heat than most geckos, but other than that, its VERY easy.  They eat crickets and worms with plenty of calcium on top, and their little tiny claws are so small that there is no worry of boo-boos!  We have plenty at our shop right now, so come check them out....Christmas is right around the corner!!!

Now isn't that a face you want to take home to Mom???

 

 

L8r Herpers!

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

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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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Win Tickets to Cirque du Soleil!!


We have a real treat in store for our insect fans out there….We have an exciting contest going on in which you can win a pair of tickets to OVO from Cirque du Soleil. Check out the details about the show, and the info on our contest at the bottom of the page....

 

Cirque du Soleil returns to Santa Monica! Bring your family to the colorful world of OVO under the Big Top at the Santa Monica Pier, January-March 2012. Check below  to learn how you can win 2 tickets to OVO!

 

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL RETURNS TO SANTA MONICA 


OVO from Cirque du Soleil
Under the Big Top at the Santa Monica Pier
January 20-March 25, 2012


OVO, meaning "egg" in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.

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Want tickets to OVO for the whole family?

Click Here to get a special family 4-pack for as low as $194*!

*The Family 4 Pack is available for all performances from Sunday to Thursday and the 4pm performance on Friday. Only purchases from 4 to 8 tickets may benefit from this special package. Two adult and two child tickets start at $194. A minimum of one adult ticket and one child ticket must be purchased within each Family 4 Pack. Convenience fees included, applicable to select Price Levels and performances, delivery fee will apply.


Prehistoric Pets has two tickets that are valued at approximately $200 and our contest is simple…just send in a picture of a bug (or reptile!) doing something crazy, cooky, and acrobatic. If your picture makes us flip, you and a guest will be attending OVO from Cirque du Soleil to see the awesomeness firsthand!

See example below:


The tickets are for Wednesday, February 2, at 8pm. We will be accepting submissions starting now until November 30th. Here at Prehistoric Pets: The Reptile Zoo, we will narrow down our favorites and then post them on our Facebook pages from December 1-5. The more likes your picture gets, the more chance you have to win!! Let the games begin!

Important!
These tickets are NOT for resale use. You must be local or in the area at the time of showing to enter the contest. Please provide your location with your photo submission. Submit photos to:

thalia@prehistoricinc.com


Now get those cameras rolling!

<3………………Thalia

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Going Once, Going Twice……SOLD!



So have we said enough about our BIG EVENT this weekend??

NO!

There is a HUGE Masquerade Benefit Auction happening RIGHT NOW, on our Reptile Zoo Facebook Page. There are tons of donations from ExoTerra, ZooMed, Repashy, Prehistoric Pets, frequent customers, as well as our own Sam, Katy, Linda, and Mike.



This is our FIRST ANNUAL online auction to support Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary and The Reptile Zoo. Check Facebook each day this week for new auctions leading up to our special event at The Reptile Zoo in Fountain Valley, CA on October 30th!



The auction has begun, and will end at 9:00 PM PDT on October 30.

All posts should include only your bid in US dollars at least $5 above the previous bid. All negative, defamatory, & off topic comments will be immediately removed and blocked at the sole discretion of Prehistoric Inc. All bidders must be at least 18 years old. All bids are final and cannot be removed, edited, or replaced.

Bid does not include the shipping cost of $55. Animals can be shipped within the United States and to the next Hamm Germany show. If you are not within the US or able to pick-up the animal at Hamm email info@prehistoricinc.com for pricing and availability before bidding.



Please be aware of all local, state & federal requirements regarding ownership of the animal you are bidding on. Prehistoric Inc. is not liable or responsible for failure to meet these regulations.

Any bids after the action close will not be accepted unless an endurance challenge is activated.* The winner will be determined by the highest bid placed before the auction close. If more than 1 bid at the winning price was placed at the close of the auction the first bid wins.

*If 5 minutes before the auction close there is more than 1 bid per minute the auction will become an endurance challenge. The auction will no longer end at the noted time, but when no new bids are placed for 5 minutes. Bidders can only win an endurance challenge by outlasting the competition in a bidding war.



At the end of the auction a payment link will be added to www.prehistoricpets.com to complete the transaction. Users who fail to provide payment within 24 hours of the auction close will forfeit the offer and be blocked from future auctions.

All products/animals are sold as shown and cannot be transferred, traded, or returned.



SHIPPING TERMS: Prehistoric Pets assures that the animal(s) purchased will arrive to the destination healthy. On the date of delivery, it is the responsibility of the customer to be at the "Ship To" address. If the shipment is not received at first delivery attempt, all expressed warranties are null and void. Prehistoric Pets is not responsible or liable for shipping address errors due to customer negligence. Animals will not be left at a shipping address without a receipt signature. We ship through UPS overnight with most deliveries by 10:30am the following day. We ship Monday through Thursday for next day delivery.



Many of the items are being bid upon for WAY less than what they are worth, so JUMP ON IT! If the bid goes high, remember that you are supporting not only OUR zoo animals, but also Forever Wild (and they REALLY need your help right now!).



The auction is online only, but for those of you that are coming out to the event, we have tons of prizes, giveaways, and raffle items for you! I, myself, have even donated a couple things for the in-store portion. We all are feeling the desire to help the cause!



So, be sure to check out our auction on The Reptile Zoo Facebook page, place some bids, get in on the action!! Plus, if you are local, don’t forget to stop by this Sunday from 5-10pm for some AWESOME excitement, costumes, and possible free stuff!!

See you there!! (I’ll be the angel, haha)


<3…………………………Thalia
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Fiesty Little Buggers

 

Our newest addition to the vast array of exotic critters for sale is the Halloween Moon Crab!

These guys are known by other names, such as the Red Land Crab and the Whitespot Crab, but their Halloween alias is PERFECT for this time of year!!

They are found in mangroves, sand dunes, and rainforests along the Pacific Coast from Mexico down to Peru, as well as the Gulf of Mexico.  The body can reach a width of 5 centimeters, and they are super colorful...

These crabs commonly have an almost entirely black-purple carapace (body), a large pair of purplish claws, reddish-orange legs, orange-maroon spots behind the eyes, as well as whitish spots on their central-lower carapace.

Plus, they are pretty feisty for their size.  They won't hesitate to pinch, as most crabs do...but if you are looking for a fantastic addition to your aquarium, or just an interesting new pet...these guys are the way to go.  They are SO cool looking!!

 

Come check them out!    (2 in stock / $29.99)

 

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

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Hot Turtle Eggs

 

It never ceases to amaze me how easily, quickly, and adequately animals can adapt to new surroundings.  I loved my ecology, vertebrate zoology, and ornithology classes in college.....SO interesting to learn about different species overcoming threats and environmental changes.  Animals are truly awesome.

ScienceDaily reports that researchers found turtles that actually evolved in their egg-laying to accommodate higher beach temperatures.

I thought that was what digging a deep hole was for....

Well, burying the eggs is mainly to keep them WARM, not to even out the temp....and also to protect them from predators.  A study was done on Ascension Island, off the coast of South America, for the Green Turtle.  Mothers would travel from the coast of S.A. to this tiny island to lay their eggs, mainly because it was where they themselves hatched (something I didn't know!).  There were two beaches in the study, and though they were only 6 kilometers apart, the temperatures varied around 3 degrees.

It doesn't seem like much, but after the eggs were put into warm incubators, it was found that the eggs from the warmer beach thrived much more than those from the cooler beach.  COOOOOOL.

These turtle mommas know what they are doing!

Check back for more news from the Reptile WORLD!

 

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

 

ScienceDaily:  "'Heat-proof' eggs help turtles cope with hot beaches" 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110926104117.htm

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P-A-R-T-Why?! Because you GOTTA!!

Hey there Herpers!  Its a buzzin busy day here at the shop with all our birthday boys and girls having their one of a kind Jurassic Partys.  Always consisiting of at least 12-15 different types of awesomely amazing reptiles, arachnids and amphibians; Your Jurassic Party is sure to be talked about for months and years!!  Out and About on "Party Duty" today are our associates, which some of you may know, Daniel, Nick, Thalia, Clint and myself (Priscilla ^O^). 

I just finished up Matthew Gilberts 7th Birthday Party, he bravely conquered his fear of tarantulas and mastered snake handeling! Have a Happy Birthday Matthew! See you soon in The Reptile Zoo! 

Happy Birthday Matthew Gilbert!

Our second in store party today was handeled by Nick M.  He was helping celebrate Aiden McDermott's 7th Bithday!  Loaded with questions and requests, Aidens birthday party had a huge turnout and lots of cool critters to show off.  Not only do we provide our guests of honor with a one of a kind hands on experience, but we educate them on what makes good pets as well as health and safety facts!

Happy Birthday Aiden!

 

Last but not least, I finished up the in stores with a TWIN celebration!  Our guests of honor are John and Claire Riss and they are here to celebrate their 7th Birthday too!!  ITS A DAY FOR 7 YEAR OLDS!! WOO HOO! =)  The party went fantastic and my head is spinnin' so fast from all the fun, i think im seeing double...or is it twins?  ;)

Happy Birthday John and Claire Riss!!

 

Never forgetting our out of store parties, the rest of the crew went out to celebrate and send best Happy Birthday wishes to birthday boys and girls Isabelle Moreno, Linden Smith, Isabella Enriquez, Shane Will, Madison Young, and all the amazing kids at St. Georges Academy!

Hope everyone had an amazing Birthday and cant wait to see all your friends and family back here again for THEIR Jurassic Party!

^O^......Priscilla

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Creepy Crawly Critters! Ahhhhhh!

 

So, October is all about the scary.....the freaky.....the thrilling.....even the gross!  We have PLENTY of those things here at Prehistoric Pets.  Everything you need for a truly frightening month!

So everyone alreay knows...well, almost everyone...that we have SOME bugs. 

We love to bring Emperor Scorpions and Rose Hair Tarantulas out to the birthday parties and scare all the moms.  Haha. 

BUT!  We have much more than that!

 

We have a very nice collection of tarantulas....some of which are not so nice....but pretty!  (lol)

Pink-Toe Tarantula....

 

Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula.....

 

And of course, everyone's favorite...the Goliath Bird-Eating Tarantula......

 

But wait....there's still more!

We not only have Emperor Scorpions, but their almost "twin" cousin, the Red Claw Scorpion....

(Check out the faint redness on the pincers....otherwise, I wouldn't know the difference!)

 

Oh, and did I almost forget to mention the ever-impressive Giant Red-Headed Centipede??

 

 

And last, but definitely not least....ewww......wow.......I can't even say it........just........here, look....

EWWWWW!   Ok, I'm better now.....Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches!  Ahhhhhhh!

My lovely assistant Mandy here actually uses them at some of her parties!  Brave......

We also have Dubia Roaches for your reptiles special tastes!

 

Also, don't forget about the regular feeders...Crickets, Super Worms, Meal Worms, Wax Worms, Goliath Worms, and Flightless Fruitflies!

We are CRAWLING with bugs!  (In the good way....)

 

So, whatever the need, be it something tasty for your pet, something to keep AS a pet, or even something to help you get over your fears (and scare your mom)....come visit us at Prehistoric Pets, and make your October complete!

Muahahahahahahahahaha..........

 

 

<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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Reptile Zoo PARTYYYYY!

 

Who doesn't LOVE October???

This year we are having a Family Friendly, Spooky Shindig here at the Zoo on Sunday, October 30th.  Why not on Halloween you may ask?  Well, you will all be busy trick-or-treating after school I'm sure...plus, Sunday is when most people are able to be out and about doing fun things, and we want EVERYONE to come!  Yayyyyyyy!

There are SO many things packed into this night you       won't        even       believe it!!  Here is the itinerary:

Ok, so the spooky, silly excitement will start at 5pm and last until 10pm, and admission is the same ($5 for everyone over 3 years old).  But remember your COSTUMES because when you first come in we will snap a picture of you, post it to our facebook pages, and let our fans vote for the best one!

1st place:   LIFETIME membership to the zoo

2nd place:   1 YEAR membership to the zoo

3rd place:   6 MONTH membership to the zoo

***Guidleines:  Please make sure the costume is "rated PG"...let's keep it family friendly***

Our alligator enclosure will be finished!!  We will have everything done by the end of this month, and will be adding water to test for leaks.  PLUS, you will have the opportunity to name our "new gator of unknown size and origin" (haha...we don't have it yet).  Pick a good name, drop it in the bowl (or hat...or bucket...or box...we don't know yet) and the winner will receive not only their name on the Gator's cage tag, but ALSO a 1-year membership to the zoo!

We will ALSO working on getting some sort of food truck to come out for the evening...possibly Dogzilla, Kogi, Burnt Truck or Lime Truck.

We will have games going on in the party rooms...most likely a coloring contest, scavenger hunt, an 18 and older WORM -eating contest, and bobbing for....something.  Speaking of games...there will also be a raffle for a chance to win:

A new pet plus a complete starter kit!

A video camera!

A LIFETIME membership to the zoo!

....and more

Furthermore...we will be having a live hatching snake eggs via YouTube for our fans who can't be here!

Our fearless leaders are trying to get Joel from Forever Wild to come back with some crazy critters of his own...and of course we will have our own "shop celebrities", such as Twinkie (world's largest snake) and Frank, the asian water monitor and Disney Channel star. 

In addition...for the month of October, our hands-on area will include a tarantula and a scorpion!  Ahhhhhhh!

.....and OF COURSE....There will be lots and lots of CANDY!!!

Whew!!  thats's a LOT of awesomeness happening in one evening!  We hope you all can come out and join us...wear your best costume, bring your bravery, test your skills, and get ready for some crazy reptililian FUN!!!!!!

See you there!

 

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

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