30 Second Q & A

Here at the Reptile Zoo we are asked a lot of great questions about our animals so we thought we would answer 3 of the most common questions in under 30 seconds. Ready... set... go!

Many of you know Frank aka Kipling, our FAMOUS Asian Water Monitor. Just like people, Water Monitors like to go swimming. They are great swimmers, in fact, and love to splish-splash in their pool! Their lateral tails make it easier for them to glide through the water and practice some aerobics with their turtle friends. Here one of our big guys even looks a little like the Lockness Monster while he enjoys a quick dip.

When entering our store there is a friendly pond full of turtles. These cute, little guys love the attention from all of you – our valued friends and customers! All of these turtles have been rescued from the outside world and are brought here to a happy and comfy home where they are hand fed delicious worms. So come check out our turtle pond! As you can see, they love hanging around, and on, their friends!

Our baby African Spur Thigh tortoises are adorable as tiny, hungry hippos! Able to fit in the palm of your hand, they love munching on some nice, healthy lettuce. You can also come and see how big out little guys can get, by checking out our over 200lb full-grown adults lounging around our store! And they don't get that big by accident as you can see even this little guys has got food all over his face from his last chow down.

Thats it! How'd we do on timing? Check back soon for another 30 Second Q & A and all other things prehistoric at blog.thereptilezoo.com

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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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Reptiles at Church?

 

Do reptiles at a church service seem like an oxymoron? Not at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California reptiles are just one of the many unique features at this community church. Prehistoric Pets and Jurassic Parties started partnering with Saddleback Church a couple years back and we have been priveleged to be included in many of their events since, including annual Blocktober and Vacation Bible School events.

 

 

Every time we are involved with Saddleback there are sure to be plenty of excited kids ready to learn about reptiles. This year's Easter services were no different with over 200 elementary school kids attending just one of the 7 kid-centric services. 

 

 

Even though the groups are large we always get the crowd involved especially with the grand finale, one of our 12 foot Burmese Pythons or a large lizard like Rusty who just happens to be a full-time resident at Saddleback Church. Just when you thought it couldn't get any cooler right!

Rusty is an Asian Water Monitor just like Frank his brother (who plays Mr. Kipling on Disney Channel's JESSIE). Saddleback has built a great enclosure for him to hang out in with his own pool, basking areas, and custom cloud sky ceiling. This huge enclosure is part of "The Extreme" where middle school students come each week to enjoy the reptiles and service.

 

In addition to all of the kiddies who love visiting Rusty, he also gets a lot of attention from the reptile volunteers including founder Jay Brewer who visit each week and provide hands-on interaction with some of the smaller reptiles also housed at Saddleback.

 

 

Here at Prehistoric Pets and Jurassic Parties we love any opportunity to reach such a large and excited group of kids and are always excited when we get the call from Saddleback Church. If you are in the area it's worth a visit to see Rusty and his buddies at Saddleback!

 

 

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Come get your very own Boxter!

Ok, so we don't have actual Porsche Boxters for sale, but we do have Ornate Box Turtles! These cute little guys are super popular pets for the turtle lover who doesn't want to have to change smelly aquarium water every few days (and who could blame them?), or try and wrangle a tortoise that is a natural bulldozer, will weigh more than a large dog, and  outlive their owners.

These guys aren't picky eaters, and will take down pretty much anything you want to offer. Being omnivorous (which is mainly what classifies them as a turtle, instead of a tortoise even though they are terrestrial), they'll chow down on anything from superworms to berries to grasses to lettuce and everything in between!

Box Turtles range from the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico and from Louisiana to Colorado, mainly in grassy plains, where they can find vegetation and insects galore! So if you're looking for a cute new shell-toting friend that won't stink up a tank full of water or destroy your backyard, an Ornate Box Turtle just might be the perfect friend for you! But you better hurry, we only have 4 and these cute little guys go fast! Come on in and check them out!

(4 in stock / $139.99 each)

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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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Its FINALLY happening!! The countdown is on!!


Ok, so maybe we are roughly 500 days behind schedule...but we are finally putting the finishing touches on our Alligator & Snapping Turtle enclosure! I told you guys a few weeks ago that we had acquired the glass, and it came in just a couple days ago. Well, last night, Jay and his crew actually started putting in the pieces and we got some awesome pics and video.

The glass is INSANE. Three pieces have been put in, and they are 3 1/4, laminated, 300 lb monsters! Not only are they heavy to lift, but they are tough to install. Here are some pics from the crew's "workout"....







Once the glue was applied, it was almost a race against time to lift, correctly place, and PUSH the pieces into place. Just check out this effort and teamwork...





....and they haven't even gotten to the BIGGEST piece yet...a 600lb WHOPPER!!




Take a look at the finished half of the enclosure....you can almost visualize how awesome its gonna be!





Great job everyone!! We are so excited for the finished product!!

But remember zoo-goers...no touching!




SO EXCITED!!!

<3........................Thalia
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One Day Left

Everything is happening here at the Reptile Zoo. More animals for sale out front at Prehistoric Pets and lots of work being done to get ready for the opening of the Rattlesnake exhibit tomorrow. Everyone's really excited to show off the animals. Make sure to come on down and see some really cool animals.
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Lynda Rules!

Hey Guys!

If you have ever been down to The Reptile Zoo, I'm sure you have seen and met most of the workers and managers and owners that have been here forever and helped you with your purchases, but there is one person that you may or may not have had the pleasure of meeting that seriously and in all honestly works harder than anyone else here and is single handedly responsible for the taking care of most our hurt and abandoned reptile friends.  Ladies and Gentle, I would like to introduce you to Lynda.

Lynda has been taking care of animals forever, she volunteers almost every minute of her life to the survival and well being of animals of all kinds.  She loves the tortoises, the beardies, the iguanas.  She goes to the shelters regularly to pick up any cute animals that are lonely or hurt and in need of assistance.  She uses her own money, knowledge, time and connections to save and rehabilitate almost everything she touches and I have no idea what we would do with out her.

She has a bearded dragon named Crazy Legs that has MBD and she actually made him a mobility aid out of an empty paper towel roll so that he can get the hang of making his little arm and legs work again.  Lynda is like Macgyver when it comes to making rehabilitation tools for animals that have been abandoned or not taken care of.  She is a miracle worker.  She has an ornate nile monitor named Cinderella that she has completely transformed into a beautiful princess!

Lynda know almost everything about reptiles, she serves as a guide, correspondant, and adoption assistant to several clubs that help to relocate and house tortoises, turtles and iguanas.

I think we, all of us at The Reptile Zoo are constantly in awe of Lynda and all she does, and we when grow up we wanna be just like her! 

Saving the world, one cold-blooded friend at a time!

We love you Lynda!  Thank you for all you do!

xo.....................Savannah

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What Not to Put in Your Mouth!

 

 Hello Kiddies!

 

Sooooooooooooooo, yesterday I posted I picture of me with a tomato frog in my mouth that generated way more controversy than I ever could have imagined because after all it was just a little froggy!  Anyways, long story short, the picture was taken down because we here at the Reptile Zoo do not want to encourage you kiddies out there (or adults) to put things in your mouth that don't belong in your mouth!  I would think that that everyone out there was smart enough to figure that out on their own, but hey, I did it, so what's to stop you from following suit?

The tomato frog that was the victim of this tragedy is still alive and well, hopping through his day unaffected by the event, lest you all be ever concerned with whether or not something happened to him.  I would like to add that I am also fine, the frog did not kill me, did not make me high, I did not hallucinate, and I did not get a severe and life threatening headache from the event.  I simply thought that the frog felt amazingly soft  kinda like a cross between a gummy shark and a Listerine breath strip and I am a big fan of gummy sharks and wanted to see what the tomato frog would feel like on my tongue.

Now, all of that being said, I would like to post some pictures of things are ok to put in your mouth and some things that are not ok to put in your mouth as a guideline for all of you out there that might need it.

 

All apologies necessary…

 

Much love

 

Xo……………….Savannah

 

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Picture Pages

Hey guys! 

This morning I have a lil writer's block so I took a bunch of pics for ya!  I'm sure something exciting will happen soon enough... mean while, enjoy!

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