Miracle Babies

Here at The Reptile Zoo we see every reptile birth as a special miracle, but last week there was no doubt how special our newest addition was!

We were more than surprised to find a TWO-HEADED Reticulated Python with huge potential. As you can see in the photo these little guys are conjoined right at the neck with two completely separate heads and a shared body, very similar to our longtime two-headed mascots Thelma & Louise, but unlike Thelma & Louise who are Texas Ratsnakes these retic newbies have the potential to grow over 200lbs! Just imagine that!

 

 

Snakes, just like humans can have twins which share one egg when developing, but in some cases the two can grow together to create conjoined twins. Just like with humans depending on the area and severity of the connection the two can live a long unhindered life. For example Thelma & Louise have been at The Reptile Zoo for over 10 years, which is long for any ratsnake let alone two-headed!

Now that these two have been out and about getting used to their new environment we are anxiously waiting their next steps into maturity and stability which include their first shed and first meal. These markers will help us guage their health and status, but after already trying to nibble on our fingers we don't think limited appetite will be their problem!

Be sure to keep an eye on the blog to keep up with their progress and even be part of naming these amazingly unique animals. We'll also be updating Facebook with quick glimpses at the newbies!

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Jet Lag Recovery at Prehistoric Pets

Well, everybody, I’m back at Prehistoric Pets and all settled in, so I figured it was high time to write up a little blog about my trip to Holland for the exotic animal show, and stay over in Cleveleys, England for a while afterwards.  I had a great time, and met a lot of really great people (and a few… interesting ones as well)! 

I flew in to Amsterdam, where I was met by Dean Turner from The Reptile Room- a great exotic animal shop with high quality stock that acts as our official UK and European brokers. These guys are pros, and make it easy for me- they picked me up at the airport with all of our display materials and animals (in custom made climate controlled traveling cages) and took us out to the hotel we stayed at outside of the Houten convention center.

 

 

  We got the animals settled into the room, and headed out for a night on the town in Amsterdam.  Being careful not to turn the wrong corner (haha), we had pizza and watched the Blackpool football (soccer to us Yanks) game at an Irish pub, of all places.  One of the guys from the Reptile Room, Louis Charlesworth, got pretty rowdy with his team winning the match- so we had to watch his back a little, but all had a good time. 

 

 

The next day- we got the traveling displays all set up, and spent the day either delivering preordered animals, or helping people select exactly the right snake for their  situation- no matter what the budget, breeding plans, or personal preferences are, we had the snakes on hand with a great selection.  We go to many of the shows in Houten, and also in Hamm Germany- and this is a great way for overseas customers to meet up with the breeder directly, ask their questions, and make sure to get the right snake- often at great deals too!

 

The day was long, and by the end of it, my voice was gone (I have been known to talk!).  It was time to head back to England for the boys, and normally, this would be the point where they drop me back off at the airport in Amsterdam and I fly home as well, but not this time! I rode the ferry with them back to England, where I spent the week working with our animals over there (and helping them out with a few of theirs as well).

 

 

 

They put me to work during the slow times, but thanks to a great job of advertising my presence there, there wasn’t much down time anyway- we had people traveling across the country, and even visiting from Ireland and Scotland- to come see the awesome display snakes we had brought and finally talk face to face about some of the exciting things going on in the blossoming  UK Reticulated Python market. 

 

Lots of longtime customers stopped by, and even more new customers who had been thinking about their first retic came down and finally made the plunge!  I met a lot of leaders in the reptile industry while I was there as well, from a variety of different fields, and met my first European Adder too!

 

 

I want to say thank you to everyone who traveled so far to come out and say hi to me while I was there, and of course, a big thanks to all of our customers- past and present!  I hope it’s not too long before I get to visit again- the taste of the Blood Pudding and Haggis (not as bad as it sounds, by the way- I quite enjoyed it) is calling me!

 

 

-Garrett

Sales Manager, Prehistoric Inc.

sales@prehistoricinc.com

 

 

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Snake Walking with TWINKIE at The Reptile Zoo

Most people would never consider "walking" a snake, especially one of TWINKIE's size, but here at The Reptile Zoo we like to be a little different.

 

 

 

This weekend we had an impromptu retic party with some local enthusiasts as well as some from the East Coast. It was a great time to visit with friends who appreciate the variety of reticulated python morphs produced by Prehistoric Pets.

 

 

When you're talking retics with Prehistoric Pets, its pretty hard to overlook the "elephant" or at least elephant size retic in the room. That's right we're talking about TWINKIE our 350lb+ Amel Reticulated Python, who we believe to be the largest in captivity. To defy all stereotypes she is an absolute sweetheart who with the right team can be easily handled. Luckily with all of these experienced retic breeders on-site this weekend was the perfect time to take her out on a walk.

 

 

 Once out of the cage we weren't really sure who was walking who, but it sure made for a Kodak moment for the many Reptile Zoo visitors. While she was out we were able to capture some quick shots of her in all her beauty. You might notice it took THIRTEEN guys just to support her body! 

 

 

Be on the look-out for the full video on The Reptile Zoo and Prehistoric Pets official YouTube pages, but until then become a fan to check out all of the most recent TWINKIE happenings at www.Facebook.com/WorldsLargestTwinkie 

 

 

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Easter Games with Frank (aka Mr. Kipling)

Ever wonder if reptiles celebrate holidays? Well they sure do at The Reptile Zoo. Actually today is one of our favorite holidays! Everyone loves Easter for their own reasons, but Frank he loves Easter for the eggs! Who is Frank? He's one of the many starts at The Reptile Zoo! He even spends some of his time on the set of Disney Channel's JESSIE as Mr. Kipling!

 

 

Why does Frank love Easter eggs? The same reason you do... they're tasty! Frank loves to snack on eggs which are an extra special treat for him. Which is why he guards them so carefully! You wouldn't want to go Easter egg hunting with him, he doesn't share very well.

 

 

Here at The Reptile Zoo Frank only gets this special treat if "infertal" eggs have been found in a clutch. "Infertal" means these eggs are incapable of producing viable offspring. This is not very common in breeding at Prehistoric Pets, but does happen in a small percentage of the time. Instead of simply tossing these nutrient packed goodies Frank and his friends at The Reptile Zoo get an extra special treat. Waste not, want not!

 

 

Check out this video to see one of Frank's family members enjoying a quick snack of these infertal eggs.

 

 

It never fails after Frank has completed his meal he is looking for just one more snack!

 

 

From everyone at The Reptile Zoo we wish you the best Easter spent with family and friends. Everyone here is enjoying a day off and will back tomorrow to share even more reptile fun with you! Come visit us at The Reptile Zoo in Fountain Valley, California and meet Frank (aka Mr. Kipling) !

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Prehistoric Pets LIVE AND IN PERSON at The Reptile Room!

It's that time of year again Prehistoric Pets is coming to the UK to support our official European Distributors The Reptile Room! Our sales mangager Garrett will be travelling across the pond to attend Snake Day at Houten Expo in Amsterdam and then spending a WEEK at The Reptile Room so he will have the opportunity to meet customers in the shop.

 

 

Before Garrett is off for his extended stay at The Reptile Room he'll be visiting reptile fans this Sunday, April 1st at Expo Houten in Amsterdam, just a short drive from the Amsterdam International Airport (AMS). Snake Day at Houten is a laid back family freindly show with hundreds of great animal vendors, last time Jay even got a photo with a huge owl and a couple fluffy bunnies. This show is only one day so be sure to stop by so you don't miss out on the fun.

 

After the close of  Snake Day at Expo Houten the team will begin their travel back to the UK where The Reptile Room has been diligentlly preparing with some great new additions to the shop including the VIP Room! Sounds pretty nice right? Well it is. This area houses only the top snakes available in Europe in caging designed through a partnership by Prehistoric Pets founder Jay Brewer and The Reptile Room team. The VIP Room is pretty exclusive, but if you stop by The Reptile Room while Garrett's in town he and Dean will be your VIP tour guides in this exclusive area. The best days to come visit are April 3-7th, but you may want to call ahead at The Reptile Room to make sure of the exact times each day. You can contact The Reptile Room by calling 01253 863 700 or emailing info@thereptileroom.co.uk

 

If you live in back here in the US we will still be recieving emails and taking orders but you may experience some delay. Thank you so much for your patience, hopefully we'll get some updates from Garrett while he's gone to share with everyone here!

 

 

 

 

 

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Visitors from Utah!

Nathan and jeniffer Take a road trip over to The Reptile Zoo all the way from Utah! I love it when we have people come by from out of town! Just shows that herptoculture is all over and this hobby is HERE TO STAY!

 


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A Visit From Arizona To The Reptile Zoo!!!

Mike and Laura travel over to California to see all the crazy creepy crawleys The Reptile Zoo and Prehistoric Pets have to offer. They got a great tour from Garrett and got to see all the awesome animals we have in the back rooms! Laura is crazy aout Gecko's so I brought out our Giant New Caledonian Gecko for her to hold while checking out all the other cool stuff here! They had a Blast which totally made my day! COME BACK SOON GUYS!!!!

 


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The Reptile Zoo Surf & Snake

You know, we get visits from celebrity types all the time here at The Reptile Zoo, and we always try and make them feel at home... introducing up and coming pro surfer Noah Dovin (Google or Facebook him!)! Noah is an amazing micro grom surfer and a pretty rad skater too at 7 years old! He is visiting Huntington Beach from... where else... Cocoa Beach, FL (home of Kelly Slater and me...hahaha) to surf a big contest at the Huntington Beach Pier and he also skated The Slam at the Volcom Park in Costa Mesa on Sunday! Thanks so much for coming by Noah, have fun at Venice Beach today lil' shredder! We love you!

Peace

xo
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