Cinco de Mayo Everyday at The Reptile Zoo!

 

 

¡Gracias a nuestros muchos seguidores en todo México! Ciudad de México y Guadalajara están en las 10 ciudades para los amantes de Prehistoric Pets! Estamos dedicando este blog para ti! Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

 

 

Here at The Reptile Zoo we love our reptilian friends from Mexico and South America. Many parts of Mexico have a great climate for reptiles with almost 200 native varieties within the country including the common Iguana and Boa.

 

 

We are excited about the timely arrival of our newest addition to The Reptile Zoo a beautiful Gila Monster. We have been keeping a colony of Beaded Lizards at The Reptile Zoo for a little over a year now and we are excited to add their close relative and only other recognized venomous lizard to the ever updating exhibits.

 

 

Both the Gila Monster and Beaded lizard are part of the genus Heloderma which translates to studded skin from the Acient Greek. The unique skin, a key characterstic of these animals, is underlaid with beady scales made from  bony osteoderms. 

 

 

The Heloderma genus includes only these two species with six sub-species all carrying the venemous charactersitics. Unlike snakes their venom glands are located in the lower jaw and can only render the venom by chewing on the predator. Studies conducted using this venom have been found to treat affects of diabetes, Alzheimers, HIV and possibly breast and lung cancer. 

 

 

At The Reptile Zoo we are lucky enough to keep a colony of Beaded Lizards, which means when the breeding season comes we may have BABY Beaded Lizards! Beaded Lizards become mature around 7 years old and females normally lay their eggs between October and December. The size of these clutches can vary  from 2-8 eggs with the babies hatching in the summer of the following year. 

 

 

Thanks for celebrating Cinco de Mayo with us! Hopefully you learned something while still enjoying yourself. If you're ever in the area be sure to stop by The Reptile Zoo to check out our collection of Mexico native reptiles and of course our Beaded Lizards and Gila Monsters!

 

 

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LIVE From Fountain Valley, It's SATURDAY!

Talk about CrAzY Saturdays Fans!  I suppose you could say it’s a typical weekend for us, jamming with party families and future Herp owners.  It’s amazing to see the contrast between normal work days and the weekends; the shop goes from cricket quiet to screamin’ loud!  Not that we mind, it’s always so much fun to join in the festivities of all the happy families and also help amateurs become professional reptile handlers and owners.  Wonder what it must be like in the Reptile Zoo while we host our back to back Jurassic Parties?  One word…. HECTIC!  Here’s just a glimpse or two.

WOW that’s a LOT of people!  That definitely makes for a quick, easy and FUN work day for us.  Of course, when we aren’t caring for, cleaning after or checking on all our reptile friends, we are plotting.  Yes…. plotting.  Don’t you remember that tomorrow is the “oh so special” April Fools Day?!  Again, this holiday of pranks is upon us and I’m sure most of you are only counting the seconds until it’s over.  However, we gotta have a little fun here in the shop. ;)  Frank thought he’d get an extra early start and decided to sneak his way into Buddy’s cage while he was out doing a quick photo shoot with some party kids.  Hee Hee, As you can see, he was BUSTED before he could finish the prank!  Silly Frank, Tricks are for kids =P

As for the rest of the animals, they can’t focus too much on the prospect of perfect pranks when they need to have energy for their presentations.  Hey, who knows, maybe THEY are plotting this year’s perfect reptile prank…..o.O.  Hmmmmm, what do you think they will do?  WE MUST BE PREPARED!  With all the “ammo” we could use when working at a reptile shop for April Fool’s, I think maybe we should be more nervous around each other rather than worrying over our reptilious friends.  ;D

**BEWARE of what hides behind your decorations!** ;D

Michelle told Nick to eat on his lunch....this is what happens when you disobey O.O

It’s time to start counting down to one of the years funniest and most anxiety ridden holidays!  Have any cool reptile pranks??  Share them with us!  Have a great weekend guys and see you tomorrow!

Ciao!

^O^………….Priscilla

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Operation Christmas Child

 

Calling all Herpers! (and even the non-herpers)    We need your help!

This year, The Reptile Zoo is working with Operation Christmas Child.  OCC is a program created by Samaritan's Purse International Relief.  Following the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37), SPIR gives aid to the world's poor, sick, and suffering.  Since 1970, they have provided critical relief to the victims of natural disaster, war, disease, and famine all over the planet.  Their endeavors include Haiti, Kenya, Sudan, Cambodia, and the Amazon Basin...and thats just recently.

Operation Christmas Child was started in 1990 as a way to not only reach those less fortunate, but to aid the effort that no child should be forgotten on Christmas.  Samaritan's Purse adds a "Greatest Gift of All" booklet with many of the shoeboxes, so that kids can learn about Jesus, God's greatest gift.  Parents see these showboxes as well, and in turn, also learn of Jesus' love for them. 

Last Christmas (2010) approximately 1.12 MILLION children from 14 countries across the world recieved special shoebox gifts.  That's incredible!  Hundreds of volunteers braved the rubble of Haiti, the rural villages of Romania, and even ARCTIC conditions to ensure that children living in difficult circumstances would experience the joy of receiving a gift at Christmas.  Just amazing.  I have personally been reading some of the stories and blogs on their website, looking at pictures, and seeing the facts....you guys HAVE to check it out and learn more, its fantastic!  What an awesome and altruistic organization.  Just look at these smiles:

 

So, here at The Reptile Zoo, we are acting as a drop-off site for you.  Not only that, we will donate $1 to SPIR for EVERY box received.

Now, how do you make a box??  You will need a shoebox, or a closed container of the same size.  You can wrap the box, but please wrap the lid separately.  Next, distinguish if your gift is for a boy, or a girl, and what age group (2-4, 5-9, 10-14).  There are convenient labels that you can print out and tape to the top of the box at the "Pack a Shoebox" website at the bottom. 

Fill the box with a variety of gifts (examples on the same website...they include toys, school supplies, and hygiene items).  Please also include a $7 donation to cover shipping costs (check made out to Samaritan's Purse, with "OCC" in the memo line, in an envelope inside the box).  You can make one combined donation if you are donating more than one box.  Finally, please place a rubber band around each box and take them to the drop off site.  (Prehistoric Pets)

If you are not local, there are drop-off locations near you, just check out the site:

http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/Drop_Off_Locations/

 

Note:  Please DO NOT include used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy weapons or soldiers, chocolate or food, out-of-date candy, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, breakable items (glass), or aerosol cans

The Reptile Zoo will take all of your donations (plus our donation of $1 per box) to the collection site around the end of November.  Official collection dates are Nov 14-21 but we can take boxes after that as well.  OCC takes donations year-round.

So come one everyone, let's make this Christmas memorable for the children of the world!

 

 

I have included the website for Samaritan's Purse, as well as the OCC link for shoebox making, plus a link for a shoebox-making video...also, make sure to look around the SPIR website, its amazing!! 

So, you have the tools, now let's start creating some smiles!  Thanks everyone!!!

 

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

 

SamaritansPurse.org

How to Pack a Shoebox


Video Link

 

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