Celebrate Summer with Jurassic Parties Schools Out Chill Out Giveaway

Here at The Reptile Zoo our jurassic party animals are totally cold blooded so when the temperature outside goes up they have to find creative ways to cool down. Since our fans are all pretty cool Southern California residents our prehistoric pets want to see your favorite ways to beat the heat. Share a photo of how you plan to chill out this summer on the Jurassic Parties Facebook Fan Page then enter to win a pair of tickets to Frozen Planet in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl for Saturday, July 7th at 8pm.


Following the success of Planet Earth Live, the world premiere of Frozen Planet in Concert comes to the Bowl’s big screen in the latest co-production of the BBC and Discovery Channel. The ultimate portrait of Earth’s last great wilderness, the Polar Regions, will be presented with stunning imagery with live orchestral accompaniment by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conducted by composer George Fenton.


Frozen Planet in Concert presented by the LA PHIL will only be in concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday and Saturday July 6-7 at 8pm and it is sure to be an event you will not want to miss. For tickets and information, visit HollywoodBowl.com.

Jurassic Parties Schools Out Chill Out winner will be randomly chosen to receive two (2) tickets for Saturday July 7 at 8 PM to Frozen Planet Live in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl. To be eligible to win entrants must be a fan of Jurassic Parties at www.Facebook.com/JurassicParties and complete the contest form at www.JurassicParties.com/prize

Indigo is the new Black


You don't have to be a herper to love a beautiful snake. We have lots of them, but one of my favorites is the Eastern Indigo Snake.

This snake is SO black that it received its name from the dark purplish iridescent sheen given off when in bright light. Indigo Snakes also commonly have an orange-colored throat, cheeks, and chin....shown here.




They inhabit flatwoods, glades, cane fields, and sandy hills of the Southeast, especially Florida and Georgia. Their preference for habitat changes with seasons. In the winter months you can find them in areas of sandy soil, while in the summer months they change to shady, drained creek bottoms.




We currently have TWO Eastern Indigo Snakes in The Reptile Zoo....and for all you Princess Bride lovers, we named them Inigo and Montoya. muahahahaha.




They aren't the friendliest of all our slithery creatures, that's for sure. However, our Inigo & Montoya are fairly gentle...when they have full bellies.

Come see them anytime...they are just gorgeous. The brightest "blue-black" you will ever see, with a cute little "burnt" chin. :-D


<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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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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Jurassic Fact of the Week!


When I ask kids what their favorite animal at our parties is...the most common answer is the Burmese Python. Maybe because they are HUGE...maybe because they are usually the last animal and its the one they think of first...whatever it is, kids love them. Our burms go through extensive "party bootcamp"...getting handled frequently and fed a bit more often to ensure a sense of calmness in them.



Burmese Pythons are naturally found in what used to be Burma (now Myanmar) in Southeast Asia. As one of the 6 largest snakes in the world, they grow to an average of 15 feet, but sometimes as long as 20 feet! They are semi-aquatic...being nocturnal rainforest dwellers, and are naturally more docile than most snakes their size.



We take them to every party, plus they are always available for pictures in the Zoo, and at the Fair! We took hundreds of pictures of excited guests with our burms at the OC fair this year. At the Zoo, guests can get the same opportunity ($5 with their camera, $8 with ours plus a printout). We have even had toddlers brave the large snake for a memorable photo!



These guys have different "morphs" as well, like any other snake. We have several albinos (bright yellow) and they are a BIG favorite because of how unique and beautiful they are. We also have a few granite burms, which are mainly gray with a rock-like pattern. Here are a couple examples:

ALBINO


GRANITE



Come see us at The Reptile Zoo, and get your picture with a 9-foot Python!! It is definitely a memorable experience. See you soon herpers!

<3...................Thalia
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Tiny Dancers?

 

The newest addition to The Reptile Zoo....Red-Eyed Crocodile Skinks!

These adorable, fascinating little creatures look like tiny little dragons!  They are from the island of New Guinea, and prefer very swampy regions...sometimes at pretty high elevations.  They average about 8-10 inches as adults and commonly have the bright red or orange ring around their eyes.  So cool!

They are extremely gentle and will rarely bite.  They might even play dead if frightened and are VERY convincing.  They eat crickets and worms mostly...but the full grown adult will take the occasional pinky mouse.  My favorite part...other than their eyes...is their head shape.  They have this awesome crested head that looks straight out of a medieval fairy-tale.

In short, these little guys are the coolest things I have seen in awhile.  Just one of the reasons I love my job...the most amazing things come and go here!!

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

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