New addition to the parties....YAY!


Jurassic Fact of the Week YA'LL....

I am VERY excited because we just got new cornsnakes for the in-store parties....and they are HUGE! Biggest I have ever seen....monster cornsnakes dude.

Cornsnakes are commonly found in cornfields and open pastures of the U.S. and usually grow to 4-5 feet at the most. There are around 25 known color morphs of cornsnakes and thousands of compound morphs, just like other snakes.

Here are the two normal albinos that we just got(lacking the black rings around their saddle markings).




HUGE!

Thats not the coolest part though...in that donated group we also got an Anerythristic Cornsnake. The "normal", or wildtype, cornsnake has deep red saddle marks with black rims down its back, on top of an orange background. The term "anerythristic" means a lack of erythrin, which are the red, yellow, and orange pigments. This yields a snake that is commonly black and gray. COOL! Well, cool for me...only having ever seen the normal and normal albino morphs.

Check him out!




Cornsnakes have a naturally docile temperament, and make wonderful pets, especially for first-time herpers. They can be a little snippy when young, but that is their instinctive tendency to defend against everything. The more gentle handling, the better they will become...and they will no longer see you as a threat.


I love the orange cornsnakes, but seeing a different color is WAY cool. Come check him out...we named him GHOST. Maybe Ghost will haunt your next Jurassic Party....muahahahahahah.


<3......................Thalia
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JFW time!

 

Jurassic Fact of the Week:   "The Party Newbie"

Hey herpers...this week I am featuring our new party presenter, Katy Bugler.  She's an awesome New Yorkan mix of rocker persona and reptilian intelligence. Always smilin' and always hard at work.  :-D

I met her pet Granite Burmese Python the other day...named Big Boy...and he is gorgeous!   She's a good snake momma.

Here's Katy with one of her favorite shop animals...a Green Iguana appropriately named "Trouble":

 

She has started the party training, with yours truly, and soon she will be making your birthdays memorable with the rest of us!!

Katy also helps out Garrett, our online sales manager, especially with keeping our website up-to-date.  She's always running around taking pictures of retics, or at the computer updating the info at www.prehistoricpets.com.  Check it out!

I snapped this pic of her with some of the cutest critters I have ever seen....Leachies!!

 

Besides the ever-growing variety of beautiful Reticulated Pythons, Katy's favorite reptile in our shop is the Monkey-tail Skink.  We have a pair, Simia & Simian, and Katy even named their baby (Peanut).  So come down to The Reptile Zoo and meet Katy, and Peanut too!

 

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

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JFW...the knowledge of champions


Our Jurassic Fact this week is focused on an animal that I, myself, had to slowly get used to.




The Kingsnake, in many different forms, is an excellent party animal because its draws much attention when the facts are given. I have had many a child gasp when I tell them how they get their name. They are called Kingsnakes because they eat other snakes...even other kingsnakes....and EVEN rattlesnakes. It is found that they are immune to the venom and very commonly go after them in the wild.


Florida Kingsnake


This is the common pattern of the Florida Kingsnake, and the colors may vary. In captivity, they are actually quite docile and can make great pets. Wild-caught kings may be a bit more aggressive, but with proper handling and care, its easy to tame them.


California Kingsnake


I think California Kingsnakes are really cool-looking. They are much different than other snake patterns, with very thick and bold brown (or black) and white stripes. We have several that we use for birthday parties that are sweet as sugar!

The California King can be found throughout the southwest, in a variety of environments ranging from deserts to forests...and the same for the Florida King in the southeast. They aren't quite as well-tempered as the ball python or cornsnake, but with patience and care they can be wonderful pets.


<3....................Thalia
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Its fun to stay at the.....Y-M-C-A


First off...apologies for the internet troubles we have been having...we should be back up and running now.


So, this past week was even MORE full of kids than usual...is that possible? Why yes...yes, it is.

A rowdy, but super bright, HUGE, group of kids from the YMCA and their counselors joined us on Tuesday for lots of education and reptile fun. Each kid got to learn cool facts about (and even touch) many interesting reptiles during our presentation, and then explore The Zoo! It was a day to remember...even for the counselors, as many were fearful of snakes themselves! Here are some pics from Tuesday, almost packed in like sardines!






Thanks for coming everyone! We know the kids sure had a blast!


ALSO!

We have a new cutie for sale...its called a Cherry-head Red-footed Tortoise. Quite the interesting little fella, and only $179.99. Come check him out!





TTFN!

<3................Thalia
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Candid Camera and a NEW BOA!


Good Evening Party People!

Another busy Saturday completed with a lot of teamwork, energy, and fun! Lots of guests coming in and out....lots of animals out to "play"....and of course, employees hard at work. Here are some action shots, so our viewers can have a "day in the life":

Busy little Bees....


Priscilla, cleaning a cage for a feisty Red Iguana....


Mandy, nervously "taming" a very grumpy Red-tail Boa....


Buck, working on a new enclosure....


Linda, caring for an ill turtle (awwwww)....


Uncle Louie, heading out to the fair! (visit our booth!)


Nick.....umm.....taking a break



So through all the hustle and bustle of a thoroughly busy week, we also got a new addition to The Zoo!!

This is our brand-new, female, Argentine Boa. She is a MASSIVE beauty. They are critically endangered due to habitat loss and degradation, but ongoing efforts include captive reproduction and ultimate reintroduction to surviving environments. The female Argentine Boas are among the heaviest of all boas, reportedly reaching 60 lbs or more. She is definitely a big girl and if we ever get the chance, breeding is high on our list (which would be AWESOME because as a boa, she would give LIVE birth).

She needs a name! So if anyone has a good idea...email me at:

thalia@jurassicparties.com

We will choose the best one and have a name card made for her cage, with the winner's name as well!

Here she is!




She is just gorgeous. So send those names so she can be official!

ALSO...don't forget to stop by our Prehistoric Pets booth at the OC Fair! Get info, look at awesome critters, and hold a Burm! See you there!!

<3......................Thalia
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Reptile Petting Zoo?

 

Sundays are always good to spend with family....and what better way to bring everyone together than to hold some snakes??

Here at The Reptile Zoo, guests can enjoy the awesome experience of holding and touching ball pythons, leopard geckos, crested geckos, bearded dragons, and possibly more.  On most days, we have our store pet monitor, Frank, roaming around so kids can pet him and take pictures with him.

A lot of fears are overcome in our "petting zoo"...we enjoy showing our guests that reptiles are beautiful and interesting creatures, and many are actually very tame.  The kids love learning about the animals, and then they come back and teach other kids the interesting facts they learned.  Personally, I love the educational aspect, but the kids keep me entertained as well.....they say "the darndest things".

(Bringing an Asian Water Monitor into a presentation:   "OH MY GOSH!   Its a Commando Dragon!!")

(A very common question about the snakes:   "Where do they poop from?")

(About the BIG Burmese Python:    "Can that eat my sister?  She's mean to me.")

They keep a smile on my face, haha.  It's a great thing to love your job.  Here are some pics from today...lots of kids enjoying holding awesome creatures that they can't hold just ANYWHERE! 

See you next time!!

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

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Hey....it's what we do.


WOAH!

It's like an amusement park in this place...there are so many kids, so much noise, and so much F-U-N!



All the kids are getting opportunities to see, learn about, and even touch and hold many different kinds of crazy reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Three spectacular in-store parties today, for three awesome kids and their guests, lots of fun photo opp's at our hands-on reptile exhibit area, lots of feeding the turtles and fish, and of course....CAKE! There are so many exciting things that the kids don't want to leave!





We loved helping each and every future herper today learn about these cool creatures, and giving them possibly a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hold these exotic animals. We try to give everyone the best experience available. Personally, I like to think of being in their shoes..."how cool is this???" (Thats what I would be thinking) :-P






Like every Saturday, we have had a steady stream of guests...but today seemed even busier! Probably excited to be out for summer! Woohoooooo! And this is a GREAT place to have a summer party (especially now that we have AC in the party rooms!!)




Today was crazy fun overall, and a BIG thank you to all who came out to enjoy The Reptile Zoo! We hope to have made your weekend super awesome amazingly epically memorable!!

(Shannon gives it two thumbs up!!)



<3............Thalia
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Rattlesnake Exhibits finally OPEN!! (but wait, there's more...)


Yes! The wait is finally over! After almost a year, the covers come off of our local-species Rattlesnake Exhibits this Tuesday the 28th! And you, our ever-loyal customers, friends, and fans are the first to know! So come get ahead of the crowd to see these beautiful creatures of danger! (muahahaha)

BUT WAIT!

You guys have waited SO long...so its only fair to make this day super extra amazingly epically fantastic...

right?

RIGHT!

So, Joel Almquist, from Forever Wild is coming in as well!!! He will be here at 5pm and is bringing with him some awesome things, such as a syrinx, a parrot, a snapping turtle, and even an alligator! Joel will be working with us as part of our summer Hands-On Reptile Adventure Camp next week, bringing lots of exotic and interesting animals that you rarely even see at zoos! Speaking of which, there is still time for last-minute sign-ups! It takes place at Bonita Creek Park, in Newport Beach, but is open to all of Orange County! June 27th through July 1st, 10am to 3pm, ages 7-11, $350 (which includes a t-shirt, workbook, fossil souvenirs, and a 6-month pass to The Reptile Zoo!) so hurry before its too late! Its going to be AMAZING!

Alright, back to Rattlesnake Day....The admission will be the same as always ($5 for everyone over 3 yrs). We open at 11am and we stay open until 10pm just for this super awesome spectacular day! And remember, the rattlesnakes will be viewable ALL day, but if you want to see Joel and his animals as well, he won't arrive until 5pm. He should be here until we close at 10 though, so come enjoy all the amazing animals!

See you there!!




<3.........Thalia
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SUNDAY....funday!

 

Hola!

Today is definitely a day that we are thankful to have enough people.  We can anticipate a lot of customers for parties, but you can never tell how many will show up in the retail shop.  We have had lines almost out the door all day, and made lots of great sales.  Several animals have found wonderful new homes today.  Thank you everyone!   :-D

Our staff has been hard at work cleaning, helping customers, feeding animals, and making sure everything is running smoothly here at Prehistoric Pets...especially on a busy Sunday.  Here are some action shots from today......

"We keep it fun, while gettin' the job done!"

 

Craig, diligently labeling snakes....

 

Mandy, keeping things "sparkling" clean....

 

Sam and Nick, quickly assisting customers with their needs....

 

Me, trying to get some peace and quiet to answer the phones.....

 

Adam, an AWESOME volunteer, teaching guests about ball pythons....

 

Sue, greeting everyone who comes in our doors, especially our party guests....

 

Clint, showing kids that reptiles can be interesting and beautiful creatures....

 

Jay, the owner, always keeping the ship running smoothly....

 

We have a great team here at The Reptile Zoo, and thats what makes it easy to work together and make things happen!  No matter how busy it gets, we always help each other out...and the customer comes first!  That whats keeps a business going people!

 

PLUS....a little fun once in awhile doesn't hurt either.  (Shhhhhh!)

 

Love you guys!

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

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Training Day!!

 

Good Evening Herpers!

Today we expanded our staff and had a little "reptile bootcamp".  Four awesome new hires joined our crew today and got stuffed to bursting with information and procedures.  They are very excited though, and will definitely be assets to our team and create even more awesome party experiences for all of you!!

Personal blogs are soon to come, but here's a pic from "training day"...Clint, Daniel, Nick, and Shannon!

Great job guys...I had a blast today!

<3......Thalia

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