It's not Wednesday it's TIM'S DAY! Duh.

**Stay Tuned, The Day is Young!**

It’s an exciting week here at Prehistoric Pets/ The Reptile Zoo and we just can’t hold it in anymore!  First, we welcomed the arrival of our FIRST captive bred Leachianus Gecko in The Reptile Zoo!  Born from our two adult Leachies, Bubbles and Squishy, our little newborn has been quite the talk of the shop.  No bigger than a pinky finger, this lil’ leachie has the honor of sharing birthdays with our dear friend and colleague, Tim O, giving him his new name, Little Timmy!

Little Timmy's first photos <3

To send this exciting week into OVERDRIVE, might we inform you its TIM O’REILLY’S BIRTHDAY?!?  There’s not enough space in the cybernet world to begin to blog or post all the Thanks and kudos earned and deserved by our dear friend.  Most of you know Tim; others have only seen him transporting giant Retics from room to room or assisting Jay in a clutch pull video.   Either way, we are dedicating all our posts and blogs to this important asset of the Prehistoric Pets team.  Although deserving of much more, hopefully we can shed some light on the “Man in the Back”.

Starting with Prehistoric Pets in 2002, Tim was hired onboard and placed straight into breeding responsibilities.  Unlike most associates who went thru counter and register experience to floor then to office duties, Tim was immediately placed right where he worked best.  Even though he was given breeding duties, Tim still assisted the counter, sales floor, birthday parties, office duties and MORE.  Working side by side at the time with our main breeder Todd Dyer, Tim reinvented breeding Retics, Ball Pythons and Burmese Pythons.  Heck, back then that’s what it was all about.  But not for long; later Tim would assist in the evolution of Retic breeding, changing the focus from Burms and Balls to Reticulated Reticulated Reticulated. Now, Tim leads our Reticulated Python breeding as Breeding Manager.

Tim isn’t just appreciated and respected for his breeding knowledge, but for his incredible work ethic.  Working an average of 6 days since he STARTED and hardly letting illness keep him away from work, Tim has been a perfect example of a model associate and colleague.   Maybe you’ve seen Tim work our booth at The OC Fair?  He took over fair responsibilities for 3 summers until Juliette was able to run the crew and Tim could return to wrangling some of the most beautiful, big and even rare breeds of snake.  There have even been times when Tim has unselfishly given his time and worked 14 days straight to help out completion of random projects!  He really gives a new meaning to the phrase "Jack of all Trades".  =P

Despite what you may think, when Tim isn’t pulling clutches, measuring Retics, shedding and cleaning our animals, he actually enjoys spending his leisure time fishing!  Just today Tim stopped in, pulled his Birthday clutch and headed out to sea for some Lobster fishin!  All of us here at Prehistoric Pets wish Tim the happiest of Birthdays!  Drop your trap, kick up your feet and enjoy the crisp ocean breeze on YOUR more than deserved special day. 

Tim and Jay pull Tim's Birthday Clutch!

 

Happy Birthday Tim!

^O^..........Priscilla

 


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.............We're not done with you yet!  While Tim was out Lobster fishing and Jay took over his duties, guess what we found?!  The Reptile Zoo's FIRST ever Jaguar Het Albino X Irian Jaya!  This all being made possible with the help of Tim himself and Michael Jim, and of course Jay pokinghis nose in.  We are really looking forward to see what the Carpet Het Jaguar Albino's come out like.  Tell us what you think...

Looks like a promising clutch! 

Not to mention we're seeing some of the coolest eggs and hatchlings come around!

Ciao!

^O^.........Priscilla

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REPTILES Magazine at The Reptile Zoo

 

A couple months ago we got the call from REPTILES magazine offering us the opportunity to partner on a upcoming project, of course we responded with YES! REPTILES magazine and ReptileChannel.com are industry leaders as a high quality resource for all info reptile related. We were excited to learn Reptiles was looking to launch a video care series for first time reptile owners and wanted Jay, founder of Prehistoric Inc. to share his knowledge on the some of the most common starter pets. This seemed like the perfect fit; here at Prehistoric one of our main goals of our organization is to improve reptile awareness and proper care through responsible reptile ownership.

 

 

With some discussion on what animals to start the series Jay and REPTILES/ReptilesChannel.com editor Russ Case decided on the Bearded Dragon, Sulcatta Tortoise, Blue Tongue Skink, Frilled Dragon, as well as Jay’s specialties the Reticulated Python and Asian Water Monitor. The plan was to provide the basic details for each of these animals covering questions like: Where in the wild does the species originally come from? How big does it get? How long does it typically live in captivity? What kind of substrate is good to use? and What does it eat? Along with these facts we also used the opportunity of film to show samples of the animals in a yearling and adult size, as well as suggested products.

 

 

After all the planning we were finally ready to film. Last Monday editor Russ Case, web editor John Virata and the filming crew Shawn and Paul arrived at The Reptile Zoo ready to for a day filled with reptiles, cameras, and loads of great information on reptile care. Guests to The Reptile Zoo had the opportunity to act as the live audience watching the interaction and personalities of Jay and Russ develop through the informal interview format of the videos. Set behind Gator Island, the newest addition to The Reptile Zoo, the surroundings proved an easy distraction during filming with Prehistoric’s signature Sulfur Water Monitor breeding project in action and Frank the Asian Water Monitor currently featured on Disney Channel’s JESSIE walking in and out of the shots.

 

 

Just when the crew thought filming was done for the day, Reticulated Python breeding specialist, Tim O’Reilly invited the REPTILES team to watch the unveiling of the newest clutch of eggs. The offer was too good to refuse so the team moved the set into the incubator room where every snake produced by Prehistoric Pets is incubated and assisted in hatching and almost every one of these hatchings is filmed for viewers around the world to enjoy on our popular YouTube channel, PrehistoricPetsTV.

 


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At the end of the day Jay had to head out to start on his next project, but the REPTILES crew stuck around just a bit longer to capture some b-roll footage of the animals on a white backdrop to insert into the completed videos.

 

 

It was a great day at The Reptile Zoo with the REPTILES crew and we are anxious to see the final product which is set to launch on ReptileChannel.com and our YouTube channel in the coming months.

 

 

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2012 Clutches

Enjoying the first week of 2012 Herpers?  Everyone here at the shop sure is!  Prehistoric Pet/Jurassic Parties/The Reptile Zoo owner Jay Brewer hosted a gathering of friends and fellow herpers at his lovely home on Sunday January 1st to kick off the New Year. 

A bountiful plethora of food awaited us all beyond the crowds of friends that swamped the Brewer home.  Whether you sat around the fire swapping stories of crazed reptile moments, or mingled around the kitchen awaiting the new batch of DELICIOUS on its way from the grill, you found yourself amongst friends, food and oH sO MuCh FUN!!

What did YOU do for your New Years?  Resolve to have your very own ‘Snabies’ this year?  OR do you already have them?   Either way, shoot us an update on YOUR New Years on our Facebook! 

Do you have a new clutch of babies to show us? Share a photo on our Facebook as well!  We would LOVE to check them out!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR CLUTCHES!

 

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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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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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Herper Question of the Week

 

Many of you ask:  "Why do you cut snake eggs open, instead of letting them hatch on their own?"

 

 

Here at Prehistoric, we cut our eggs after the first one in the clutch starts to pip.  This means that the snake is far enough along to start to break out of the egg, and has already made a tiny hole.  It is safe for the snakes because they are, themselves, trying to hatch at that time.

 

 

The reason we cut them, instead of letting them hatch themselves is because occasionally a snake will not be able to break its shell, and will drown in the fluids.  Opening them ourselves ensures the highest number of surviving hatchlings.  The fact that it shows us what morphs we have is just a bonus.   :-)

 

 

Please continue to ask questions, we are always here to get you the best information possible.  Call, email, stop by, or post on our Facebook pages and we will do our best to answer promptly.  Thanks everyone!

 

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

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Westward Expansion!

 

Howdy!   We are movin out WEST ya'll!!

No, not into the ocean....or to China....but west of our building.  We just bought the space next door!

 

Many of you got the special experience of enjoying a FREE presentation in this very room during our Spooky Masquerade last month.  It was packed full and some very exotic creatures were shown...some that don't even go out to regular parties like alligators, gila monsters, & rattlesnakes!

 

So we are steadily making changes to that wing, and hopefully when we finish there will be a new area of the zoo!  Also, we are hoping to have a brand-new breeding area.  Its still up-in-the-air, but we are thinking a window too, for public view of clutches being pulled!!

What do YOU think we should add???  (tell us on Facebook!)

 

If you have been in and checked everything out, you are probably familiar with the three large cages in the pet shop area.  There are usually different things in them from time to time, but right now we have a Rhino Iguana, and a few retics.  They will soon find new homes and we will tear those cages out (maybe by Christmas!) to make room for even more retail!  Just another way we are moving towards being your go-to shop for everything reptile!!

See?  we hardly have enough room up front for our GROWING retail supply!  But don't worry, these animals will get NEW cages, maybe in our new wing!!  So excited....aren't you?

Keep checking back for more info...there's always something new happening here at Prehistoric Pets!

 

<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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Munchkin Land!


No, we are not overrun with kids....they are in school. Duh.

Haha, I'm talking about tiny snakes! Well, tiny for a retic. There has been a bit of an upsurge lately in popularity of the Super Dwarf Reticulated Python...and we have some wicked awesome ones!! Jay, Tim, and Garrett have been working on some really awesome breeding projects, including some super dwarfs that will have you itching to get your hands on.

This featured YouTube vid is NEW, so make sure to subscribe! The three musketeers show us a BIG beautiful clutch from a Super Dwarf het Amel cross. She's actually Twinkie's sister! (Twinkie is an Amel)




So, from this SEVEN pound snake momma, we got a clutch so HUGE that it resembled that of a ball python! Sweet! Check back soon for details on the babies, and other super dwarf projects soon to come!


Here are some examples of the super dwarfs we currently have for sale: (www.prehistoricpets.com)

100% Super Dwarf - the smallest it gets for retics! ($400)

Super Dwarf Tigers (run about $600)

Super Dwarf Purple Albino het Snow! ($4500)


Remember, we have several multiples of most of these, breeding packages, and even MORE morphs online! So keep checking back for your perfect snake!


<3........................Thalia
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Featured YouTube Video!


This week, we have Jay and Mike with their special guest, our own crazy-smart little Siavash, pulling two really awesome clutches! Eggs get pulled all the time here at Prehistoric Pets, and its even more spectacular when we are able to film it...putting you right there in the room to witness every minute!

The first clutch is from some pretty fancy parents...a Sunfire het Genetic Stripe het Albino bred to a double het Albino Genetic Stripe! When first realizing that she laid, Jay was certainly hoping for some more Albino Genetic Stripe Sunfires, so we will let you know when they hatch for sure. After some careful separation of the eggs, the guys counted 29 eggs and one slug...great job momma retic! These will be placed in incubation for around 82-85 days. Check back for more info!




The second clutch was much smaller, being from ball pythons, but a very cool combo! A Cinnamon het Ghost was bred to a Pastel Ghost het Caramel...and I personally can't wait to see the results! 5 eggs were successfully pulled by Siavash, and are set to hatch in about 54-56 days...maybe a bit longer.




Here is the video, hope you enjoy...and there are more to come, being put up soon! Check in with Facebook at any of our pages! (Prehistoric Pets, The Reptile Zoo, Jurassic Parties)




Email us with any questions and interests in these babies or others at:

info@prehistoricpets.com

or

sales@prehistoricpets.com


Great job guys! Keep it up!


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