Meet Davey: The newest scaly member of Jurassic Parties

Meet Davey aka Davey Jones, a yearling American Alligator, the newest resident at The Reptile Zoo and soon to be the most exciting scaly member of Jurassic Parties. That's right, starting next week Davey will be available as an addition to your Jurassic Party event! These events are specifically tailored to provide even more educational tidbits than our standard birthday and can be customized to meet the California State Science Content Standards for your age group.

 

With the addition of Davey we will also be covering the topic of restricted pet ownership in California and why it is important for the safety of the environment and owners to follow these rules. Below is an excerpt from the California Code of Regulations, Title 14 which lists these animals.

§671. Importation, Transportation and Possession of Live Restricted Animals.

(a) It shall be unlawful to import, transport, or possess live animals restricted in subsection (c) below except under permit issued by the department...

(b) The commission has determined the below listed animals are not normally domesticated in this state. Mammals listed to prevent the depletion of wild populations and to provide for animal welfare are termed "welfare animals", and are designated by the letter "W". Those species listed because they pose a threat to native wildlife, the agriculture interests of the state or to public health or safety are termed "detrimental animals" and are designated by the letter "D"...

 

(7) Class Reptilia -Reptiles

(A) Order Crocodilia -Crocodiles, Caimans, Alligators and Gavials: All species (D).

 

 

Some of the other highlights from this list are all primates, marsupials, hedgehogs, ferrets, wolves, snapping turtles, vipers, and cobras. You might notice you can find some of these animals like American Alligators and Snapping Turtles at The Reptile Zoo. Wonder why? Through our partnership with Brockett's Film and Fauna, who are permitted to own these animals, The Reptile Zoo and Jurassic Partiesare can display these animals for educational use. We have been preparing for this partnership for a couple years, actually it's one of the main reasons we opened The Reptile Zoo in the first place. The creation of The Reptile Zoo as a donation driven educational zoo separates these permitted species from the retail pet store environment of Prehistoric Pets.

 

But enough about boring laws. Want to hear more about Davey? .... I knew you would. Davey as we mentioned before is an American Alligator with the potential to grow up to six hundred pounds! But for now, he is a slender 2 year old who enjoys swimming with his goldfish friends/food in his specially designed home at The Reptile Zoo. Since arriving at the zoo last week he has been training for his big Jurassic Parties debut, with daily handling sessions both with his handler and trainer. Although most gators at his size can be quite fiesty and flighty Davey is calm, cool, and collected. Have you fallen in love yet? If so be sure to stop by The Reptile Zoo to meet our little buddy or better yet book your Educational Event with Jurassic Parties and he will come to you!

 

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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.

 


Video Link

 

 

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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Python Ban: The Pet Argument

Prehistoric Pets has long worked with a wide variety of species of large constrictors, over a span of many years. During that time, we have come to an intimate understanding of the animals we have worked with, their temperature and environmental needs, personalities, reproductive and feeding capabilities. With this background and some additional research it becomes clear the animals recently added to the Lacey act are neither capable of living outside of their current establishment in the Everglades or pose a reasonable threat to humans.

We’ve compiled just some of the facts we’ve found within the documentation supposedly backing this faulty legislation. We urge you to read these excerpts, examine the sources and develop your own opinion on the subject, but please please do not rely on sensationalized images and articles with an underlying agenda. Today we will cover the pet argument that is so often misconstrued and sensationalized by feeding off of fear instead of the thousands of happy reptile owning families.

photo credit Mali Workman

 

PET OWNERSHIP ARGUMENT

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Claim: "The HSUS opposes ownership of all reptiles." [Status: True]

For those reasons, HSUS [Humane Society of the United States] opposes private ownership of endangered species, undomesticated animals, and all reptiles.

http://humanewatch.info/blog/myths/myth-exotic/

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Along the same lines, HSUS discourages keeping parrots, macaws, cockatoos, and toucans because they are not longstanding domesticated species. They do not oppose ownership of all birds.

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As stated before, HSUS supports ownership of hamsters, ferrets, cockatoos, guinea pigs, gerbils, lovebirds -- all of which HSUS opponents have falsely claimed HSUS is trying to ban.

http://humanewatch.info/blog/myths/myth-exotic/

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Claim: "The HSUS wants to outlaw ownership of all non-native species." Status: False

 http://humanewatch.info/blog/myths/myth-exotic/

H.R.669 - Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act To prevent the introduction and establishment of nonnative wildlife species that negatively impact the economy, environment, or other animal species' or human health, and for other purposes.

Organizations Supporting H.R.669 • National Wildlife Federation • Nature Conservancy • great lakes united • natural areas association • Union of Concerned Scientists • Humane Society of the United States

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h669/show

Our organizations, representing millions of constituents across the country, come together in support of H.R. 669, the Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act. We applaud Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo for her leadership in introducing this bill, and express our appreciation to the 25 current cosponsors.

http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/wildlife/exotics/hr_669_statement_042309.pdf ====================================================================================

Solving Problems with Snakes

Snakes cause few problems, and the few they do are relatively benign. Some of the larger species may cause problems around poultry houses, occasionally taking chicks or eggs, but—except for the venomous species— snakes are not a threat to humans or their pets. That does not convince people who have a deep-seated fear of these animals that they are harmless, and the fear some people have at even a glimpse of these reptiles contributes mightily to what are real conflicts between humans and snakes.

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/snakes/tips/solving_problems_snakes.html

Reptiles pose a threat beyond disease transmission. Snakes and lizards, often sold as hatchlings, can reach six feet or more—posing a physical threat to humans and companion animals. Even small turtles can outgrow their tanks, and their welcome.

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/exotic_pets/facts/reptile_trade.html

These large constricting snakes are not suitable as pets; they suffer from capture in the wild and long-distance transport for trade; they can injure and kill people who possess or interact with them; and they can wreak havoc on our natural resources as an invasive species, killing native wildlife, including endangered animals.

http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2012/01/constrictor-snake-news.html ====================================================================================

For public health, conservation, and humane reasons, The HSUS recommends that the general public forgo pet reptiles.

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/exotic_pets/facts/reptile_trade.html ====================================================================================

Frequently Asked Questions: The Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act (H.R. 669) Will all exotic species be banned? No. H.R. 669 does not ban any species per se. It establishes a science-based process to evaluate species for their likelihood to harm the economy, the environment, public health, or other animals. The evaluation process will identify and prohibit trade in species judged to be a serious risk. Species found to be safe will be approved for trade. Further, the bill requires that this process be transparent and that stakeholder input be considered in decision-making. The process would not take affect for several years.

http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/exotic_pets/facts/hr_669_faq.html

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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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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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Black Friday Madness!


We opened our doors today to the usual 5-10 people waiting outside...but it didn't stay that way for long.

It was quickly apparent that our BF deals were something that excited everyone!



It has been a VERY steady inflow of customers, ringing phones, and emails...everyone wants in on our Black Friday extravaganza!

Our team has been running around like TURKEYS with their heads cut off...making deals, renovating, cleaning, and of course helping every single customer that comes through our doors.






Just look at how many people we need!!!



Its not over yet folks...hurry while you still can, and make us an offer on something you have always wanted! 5 hours left for in-store deals!

PLUS, if you are looking for a way to relax after a hard day of chasing the best prices...come visit The Reptile Zoo and hold FIVE different kinds of reptiles! You can't get this anywhere else!




<3..................Thalia
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Black Friday....Prehistoric Style

 

Its that time of year herpers.....when eager shoppers, hopped up on Starbucks, wait in line to stampede for the sacred GREAT DEAL.

Well, we do it differently here at Prehistoric Pets...simply make an offer, and we might just cave.

If you go to PrehistoricInc.com/BlackFriday you can learn EVERYTHING about how this works. We show you how to make an offer, all the rules involved, shipping terms, and even what animals are available!! 

This is something you will NOT want to miss out on. If you are a first-time herp-buyer, or if you have a reptile zoo of your own...HURRY! 



So, starting at 12am on Friday, November 25th...start calling in, or emailing in those CRAZY offers, it just might work! We make CrAzY deals people!! You have 24 hours....don't waste it!

Go to the website, look through the animals, find your dream pet, and make an offer within your budget!! WHAT?!?!?!? Hey, its Black Friday....

And there's nothing we can't handle....


 

Contact us at:

Call/Text 714.907.7312

Email BlackFriday@prehistoricpets.com

Facebook Prehistoric Pets

Twitter @PrehistoricInc

Youtube PrehistoricPetsTV

 

We can't wait, and you shouldn't either! Get ready....its almost here!


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

 

 

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Creepy Crawly Critters! Ahhhhhh!

 

So, October is all about the scary.....the freaky.....the thrilling.....even the gross!  We have PLENTY of those things here at Prehistoric Pets.  Everything you need for a truly frightening month!

So everyone alreay knows...well, almost everyone...that we have SOME bugs. 

We love to bring Emperor Scorpions and Rose Hair Tarantulas out to the birthday parties and scare all the moms.  Haha. 

BUT!  We have much more than that!

 

We have a very nice collection of tarantulas....some of which are not so nice....but pretty!  (lol)

Pink-Toe Tarantula....

 

Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula.....

 

And of course, everyone's favorite...the Goliath Bird-Eating Tarantula......

 

But wait....there's still more!

We not only have Emperor Scorpions, but their almost "twin" cousin, the Red Claw Scorpion....

(Check out the faint redness on the pincers....otherwise, I wouldn't know the difference!)

 

Oh, and did I almost forget to mention the ever-impressive Giant Red-Headed Centipede??

 

 

And last, but definitely not least....ewww......wow.......I can't even say it........just........here, look....

EWWWWW!   Ok, I'm better now.....Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches!  Ahhhhhhh!

My lovely assistant Mandy here actually uses them at some of her parties!  Brave......

We also have Dubia Roaches for your reptiles special tastes!

 

Also, don't forget about the regular feeders...Crickets, Super Worms, Meal Worms, Wax Worms, Goliath Worms, and Flightless Fruitflies!

We are CRAWLING with bugs!  (In the good way....)

 

So, whatever the need, be it something tasty for your pet, something to keep AS a pet, or even something to help you get over your fears (and scare your mom)....come visit us at Prehistoric Pets, and make your October complete!

Muahahahahahahahahaha..........

 

 

<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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They Take Their House Whereever They Go....


This week let's feature an animal that is ALWAYS a big hit with kids and parents alike. They go to every party, they mow your lawn for you, and you can even feed them lettuce here at the shop....Sulcatta Tortoises!





We have several different sizes, and almost all of them are for sale. We recently acquired two groups of hatchlings, and they are adorable! At hatching, Sulcatta Tortoises (AKA African Spur-Thigh Tortoises) are just bigger than a golf ball. However, these little cuties can reach upwards of 200 lbs! Also…make room on your wills folks because you will be passing them down to your grandchildren, as they most often live between 120 and 150 years!




Originating in the deserts and savannas of Africa, these popular tortoises love to roam your backyard in the warm sunshine. You can start them in an aquarium like most reptiles, but when they reach about the size of soccer ball lots of owners prefer them outside. As long as you have some sort of enclosure (dog house, crate, etc.) with a heat lamp (for those chilly California nights), and a fence to keep them IN and potential predatory animals OUT, they are perfectly happy. But REMEMBER, they like to dig, and can very well dig under fences, so prepare for that with concrete or deep fencing.




Even as hatchlings, Sulcattas have a very hefty appetite, and will easily munch down lots of leafy greens, carrots, squash…even some melon! Just make sure to sprinkle plenty of calcium on whatever you feed them to prevent harmful diseases and pyramiding. Here at Prehistoric Pets we have the supplies and the knowledge to get you started on a very memorable new pet. Come check them out!




Babies are for educational purposes only ($149.99) until they reach over 4"
Medium Sulcattas $399.99
Large Sulcattas $999.99


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

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