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Boy do we have a surprise for all you fans out there!  So many people flood our message boards and posts with questions and inquiries about when we will be making ore NEW updated videos.  Well guess what I’m here to tell you, IT’S HAPPENING! 

Let’s introduce you to close friend and associate Sean who will be taking over our video production shooting videos the fans WANT to see!  How does he know what YOU want to see?  If you were thinking he was telepathic, you’re HALF right! (;P JK)  Fans can get a piece of the action by simply emailing Sean directly at sean@prehistoricinc.com with their requests or leave comments on our Facebook wall!   All of us here at the shop have tried to take advantage of any chance we come across to shoot a new updated video, so the extra free hands will be a definite help. 

Sean isn’t just here to be steady hands behind the camera; he also has assisted and accompanied Jay in his business.  He has been working with owner Jay Brewer for 15 years now (O.O) as an assistant breeder AND our official Tech Guy.  All of our blog and social sites you all enjoy have been built and maintained by him.  But much like Batman and Superman, Sean’s hasn’t quit his “night job”.  When out of his reptile environment, Sean acts as lead singer for a Post-Punk rock band! Woo, he does A LOT! 

Sean, a.k.a. Doktor Mortis, stands in lead position with guitar in hand.

Below I’ve shared with you guys a couple of the NEWEST videos we’ve just put out on our YouTube channel.  No need to fret or fear fans, Sean will also be accompanying Jay and traveling to AFRICA next month for a Safari and Trade show!  You can surely bet that he will return with OODLES of fresh new photos AND videos for your entertainment!  Ready to see new footage?  Well HURRY UP and submit your request to Sean before he packs up and leaves for his Safari adventure!

Ciao!

^O^…………….Priscilla

Here are the latest videos Jay and Tim were able to make for you.  These videos give you a sneak peak at some of the ULTRA AWESOME breeding projects we have going on including Ghost stripe, Goldenchilds and Albino Titanium Pinstripes!  Wish us luck as we hope for the healthiest and most successful clutches. =)


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Breed my pretties, BREED!

So I posed a question to all of you Herpers this morning, asking what kinds of questions YOU had about reptiles and such.  After scanning thru the many responses I noticed a lot of you asked several questions in regards to breeding.  So I decided to base today’s blog around lizard breeding since snake breeding has SO many points and aspects to cover, it’s much easier to leave that to individual training.  Luckily, lizards are in such popular demand that this blog entry should help lots of you guys learn to breed and start your own lizard community at home. =)

 

First of all, you should know that if the lizards are comfortable enough in their surroundings to breed, it shows that the artificial environment provided is adequate. But in order for this to happen, you have to take care of as many variables as possible.  So step one, the artificial environment needs to be large enough, have separate hides for each lizard and offer the same humidity as the natural habitat of your lizard, so make sure you study up on the natural environment of your pet and simplify the caging to  something they are accustomed to.  Secondly, in the wild, male lizards naturally stake out their home territory and defend it from other males. When the home territory is as small as a 30-gallon terrarium, having just one male per cage becomes even more vital.  However, most lizards do well when kept in trios of one male and two females.  Pssh, of course it works smoothly with multiple females than males! =P 

Day and Night cycles should equate with the breeding cycle in the lizard's area of origin.  If your pet is wild, they require at least one year of adjustment to a change in light cycles and the confines of captivity.  So what happens if you have a pair of lizards, you've done everything right – but so far there's STILL no breeding?  There are a few things you can do, first try separating the lizards. Many breeders prefer to keep the sexes separate until breeding is desired. Then the lizards are placed together for a week or so or until breeding takes place then separated again.  This helps keep the stress levels to a minimum and encourage the desire to breed.  Another helpful trick is to add a second male to the cage in hopes the males will create breeding displays between themselves, which tends to arouse breeding interest in the female.  Us gals are always impressed by showy displays of affection and desire =P.  You may need to also provide a period of dormancy/hibernation for lizards that hibernate, if you're unsure of what your lizards require in dormancy length, begin with three weeks to avoid putting too much stress on them.  At the end of the dormancy cycle, restore lighting and temperature levels and offer food and after the lizards have regained their activity levels, put the lizards together. 

Once your lizards have bred, for the egg-laying species, provide an egg deposition site.  For live-bearing lizard, provide a secluded area where the female can give birth to her young without fear of attack by another lizard.  Females may become very aggressive toward other lizards in the cage during and after child birth. Make sure you have a suitable supply of tiny insects (i.e. flightless fruit flies, cricket hatchlings) accessible when the young are born or surface from their eggs.

Now you all should be expert lizard breeders =P!  When you adapt all these requirements in your pet’s enclosure, you should have great luck and success with the finalized breeding.  For any more questions, feel free to call us here at the shop, we will be happy to help you!

Ciao

^O^……………Priscilla

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Prehistoric Pet of the week: Regal Pythons

It’s a new day Herpers and along with it we have this week’s new Prehistoric Pet of the week!  Meet Maximillion (as Katy calls him) our handsome Sunfire Reticulated Python.   What exactly does Reticulated mean?  Reticulated refers to the complex “net-like” color pattern they exclusively carry.  This makes them one fancy snake and a favorite among breeders.  Unfortunately, that’s not all they’re popular for.  This intricate pattern gene makes them one of the world’s most popular snakes used for skinning.  That’s right, those cool snake boots your local shoe shop carries is probably made from the skin of a reticulated python.

Adult Retics can grow to 22 ft. in length but normally average about 10–20 feet. Retics are also the world's longest snakes but are not the most heavily built making them one intimidating constrictor.  Max and his relatives have the largest geographic range of any other snake.  Although the reticulated python lives in rain forests, woodlands, and grasslands, it is also associated with rivers and is found in areas with nearby streams and lakes. An excellent swimmer, it has even been reported far out at sea causing it to colonize many small islands within its range.   Sounds like an interesting next choice pet?  Well prepare to have it for around 30 years, trumping any typical dog or cat lifespan.

Max has a very friendly personality!  He loves to hang out with the shop Pixie's ^O^ 

Although Retic hatchlings are favored in the hobby, don’t underestimate the growth ability.  They get very long, heavy and require much more space and care than basic snakes like ball pythons and corn snakes.  Like everything in the reptile kingdom, treat it with love and respect and it will treat you the same. 

Like Max? Stop on in the Prehistoric Pets shop and take Max home!  He’s got a great social personality (as you can tell) and a healthy appetite.  Max will make a great addition to any home, but don’t forget his brothers and sisters who are also for sale! ;D  We’ve got Retics of all sizes and pattern morphs, check out our selection at PrehistoricPets.com!

Ciao!

^O^…….Priscilla

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Rise and Shine!

GOOOOOD MORNIIING!!!!

Rise and shine, wakey wakey everyone!  Why the wakeup call?  Well it seems to all of us here at Prehistoric Pets that everyone (including the reptiles) is having a tough time adjusting to the time change today.  With an hour leap forward, most of us dragged ourselves out of our warm beds with the moan and groan of a typical morn unwanted.  Walking into the shop, you’re sure to see majority of the snakes and lizards sleeping while the turtles and fish are already running amuck!

Rusty and Tristan are ready to start the day!

How are you adjusting to the time change?  Resolve to just hide your head beneath the blankets and avoid the coming of the sun for as long as possible? Or do you wake up with a full body stretch and a yawn, welcoming the new day coming?  Well whatever you do, you can bet on half the shop doing about the same thing, critter or not =P. 

We thought we would share some cute and cuddly photos of our reptile friends sleeping, avoiding the wake up chat of early guests and some eagerly waiting for the groups of families to come say hello!  You can count me in with the guys hiding from the sun hee hee ;P!

It's okay buddy, I'd be hiding from the daylight too ;D

I'd hide my head too if someone tried to steal an hour away from MY naptime!

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone and hopefully no one over slept for any important plans! =P

Ciao!

^O^………..Priscilla

 

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This Weeks Deal: Chilean Rose Hair

Hey there Arachnid fans!  This week’s Super Deal is all about our fuzzy fluffy friends, the U.S. pet trade favorite Chilean Rose Haired Tarantula!  Yes, these are pretty basic tarantulas when scouting out your first breed, but that’s just what makes them so special!!

This tarantula has an assorted menu including grass hoppers, crickets, cockroaches and mealworms.  When tarantulas are kept as pets, the best food that can be provided for them are crickets that have been gut loaded on vegetables, this is the best source of hydrated nutrition for the tarantula.  Despite their easy diets, Rose Hairs are quite docile, low maintenance, and inexpensive to own and care for.  Does your Rosy look like it’s doing some kind of super cool kung-fu ninja moves in his tank?  Well as cool as THAT would be, it’s because they are usually skittish, running away from danger rather than acting defensively, but they may also raise their front legs and show their fangs in order to defend themselves.  But it doesn’t stop there!  They also have pinkish colored urticating hairs on their abdomen that they may kick off in their defense, if these hairs were to attach themselves to you, you would experience considerable discomfort for a few days.  Nothing too worrisome of course, but definitely not something to take lightly when first handling your tarantula.  

Already drooling for your first one?  Well you’re in luck!  As mentioned, this week’s deal is on our Rose Hair Tarantulas WITH a starter kit!!! O.O !!!  That’s right, save $$ and come check out the special offer we have for you, complete with Cage, substrate, water dish, hide, publication on your pet AND your TARANTULA of course!  Take advantage of this money saving deal before we are sold out!

Ciao!

^O^…………Priscilla

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Attention Tooth Fairy!

We've all had the pleasure of doing business with the infamous Tooth Fairy, trading molars and incisors for dimes and nicks.  I myself always wondered what I had to do, or which teeth I had to loose to get that paper money =P.  Here at Prehistoric Pets we have, along side many varied fossils, Prehistoric fossil teeth!  IMAGINE what millions of years old teeth must go for in Tooth Fairy World O.O!!  To make their structure even more thought provoking, the PARTICULAR teeth we have in store have a special history related to our very own Reptile kingdom. 

First we have the Mosasaur tooth.  Mosasaurs are considered to be the closest relatives of snakes, due to analyses that have taken into account similarities in jaw and skull anatomies.  Based on structures such as the double row of "flanged" teeth, the double-hinged jaw, adapted limbs and probable techniques of propulsion, many researchers believe that snakes and Mosasaurs may have had a common ancestor.  Mosasaurs had a double-hinged jaw and flexible skull (much like that of a snake), which enabled them to gulp down their prey almost whole, a snakelike habit which helped identify the unchewed stomach substances fossilized within Mosasaurs skeleton. Imagine what they must have found!! It is assumed that they may have lurked and pounced rapidly and powerfully on passing prey, rather than hunting for it. Hmmm.. sounds a lot like tarantulas and giant squid huh?! Material from Jordan has shown that the body and membrane between the fingers and toes, was covered with small overlapping diamond-shaped scales resembling those of snakes. In Harrana specimens, two types of scales were detected on a single sample, keeled scales covering the upper areas of the body as well as smooth scales covering the lower regions. As ambush predators, waiting and quickly catching prey using stealth tactics, it is suggested Mosasaurs benefited greatly from the non-reflective keeled scales.  It's so amazing how nature has evolved to adapt and protect it's enviornment!

Mosasaurs were also varanoids, or superfamilies, closely related to terrestrial monitor lizards. This superfamily includes the largest aquatic lizards known, the largest-known terrestrial lizard, and the largest living lizard.  Mosasaurs breathed air, were dominant swimmers, and were well-adapted to living in the warm, shallow epicontinental seas predominant during the Late Cretaceous Period. Mosasaurs were so well adapted to this environment that they gave birth to live young, rather than return to the shore to lay eggs. Pretty sweet! ^O^

Lastly, we have a Otodus Obliquss Shark tooth.  Otodus Obliquuss is an extinct mackerel shark that lived 38 million years ago.  The teeth of this shark are large with a triangular crown, smooth cutting edges, and visible cusps on the roots.  They prey on large bony fish, other sharks and were among the top predators of its time.

To trump these typical prehistoric shark teeth however, comes the Megalodon. The Megalodon, or "Big Tooth", is an extinct species that was regarded as one of the largest and most powerful predators in vertebrate history.  The teeth of this prehistoric shark were over half a foot long, jagged, and heart-shaped (by comparison, the biggest teeth of a Great White are only about three inches long).  In 2008, a research team from Australia and the U.S. used computer simulations to gage Megalodon's biting power.  Are you ready for this?? The results are quite terrifying: whereas a modern Great White gnaws with about 1.8 tons of force, Megalodon chowed down on its prey with a force of between 10.8 and 18.2 tons--enough to crush the skull of a prehistoric whale as easily as a grape!!  Scientists propose that Megalodon was "arguably the most formidable carnivore ever to have existed."  To think we believed we had it bad with the Great Whites, we could have had the worries of Megalodon under our boats and feet!  Its great size, high-speed swimming ability, and powerful jaws joined with intimidating killing techniques, made it a super-predator with the skill to consume a broad range of wildlife.  The predator mainly focused its attack on the tough bony of the prey, which great white sharks generally avoid. Dr. Bretton Kent elaborated that Megalodon attempted to crush the bones and damage delicate organs like the heart and lungs protected within the rib cage of the prey. Such an attack would have restrained the prey, which would have died quickly due to injuries to these vital organs.  This paleontological evidence suggests that Megalodon would attempt to immobilize a large whale by tearing apart or biting off its propulsive features before killing and feeding on it.

Many fossils have been recovered for both species all over the world.  Although most have been near impossible to salvage, enough has been discovered to study and try to calculate the anatomy, lifestyle and possible habitat and reason for extinction of the creatures.  Fossils tell us a story about life before time and help us regain the connection that was lost so many millions of years ago.  They serve many purposes outside of science as well, for those most common, they are used for jewelry, decoration and collectables.  Here at Prehistoric Pets, we use them all!  Stop by on your day out and check out all the ultra special fossils we have on display and for sale!

Ciao!

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

 

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Yay for Snake Day!

Attention all European herpers!!  April will be a very special month for you guys, especially the residents of Houten, because our very own Garrett Hartle will be attending the annual Snake Day on April 1st!  At this very special event, Garrett will have some of the best and most beautiful specialty Reticulated Python morphs you can find. Garrett will also be spending an additional week in the UK to help at The Reptile Room and meet even more UK clients!  We work exclusively with The Reptile Room as our official European Distributor; they go to all of the shows and even those we can’t make it to, like this weekend’s Hamm Germany show.  Make sure to stop by the booth and say hello to, shake a hand and even take pictures with our talented member of the Prehistoric Pets team. 

Are you still sitting, staring at your computer screen with a confused look on your face?  Hmm, Well I guess I should explain what “Snake Day” is huh? LOL!  To put it blandly, “Snake Day” is a massive trade expo where herpers from all around the world unite in Houten, near Amsterdam, to buy and sell snakes.  The demand for special snakes has become so intense; Garrett’s order requests have shot up in a dramatic percentile.

Will YOU be at the annual Snake Day expo?  Take pictures with our Prehistoric Pets team during your visit at Snake Day and show your support by sharing them on our Facebook page!  We love to encourage fans from all over the world to share their photos and experiences with our team on our Fan sites.  You can follow us on:

 

Prehistoric Pets Facebook

 

Prehistoric Pets Twitter

 

The Reptile Zoo Blog

 

Prehistoric Pets YouTube

Ciao!

^O^………Priscilla

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The Force Is Strong With This One.

Ummm, this one who?  Tobias of course, the lucky winner of our Gator Naming Contest and free admission to the Reptile Zoo!  We introduced our 5ft male Alligator and created a contest to find the most worthy name.  For 4 months straight we collected massive quantities of name entries from kids and parents who came to visit the Zoo.  All in all we collected several hundreds of applications and had quite a tough decision ahead of us.  Alas, there could only be one.  However, the wait would prove worthy once we finalized the winning choice and announced a winner!  The force was strong with young Tobias as he was the lucky winner of our prestigious prize, naming our gator “Darth Gator”.

Tobias, whose name is proudly accompanying Darth Gator’s name tag, visited the Zoo with his whole family who enjoyed The Reptile Zoo for a couple hours taking pictures of their favorite exhibits.  Like most of us, Tobias was a bit uneasy about the gator when Garrett first took him out, but warmed up to it after his dad showed him how it was done. ;D 

Darth Gator urges you to Join The Dark Side!  Mmuuaahhahahaha!

As expected, many Star Wars jokes flew back and forth in regards to the Gator and Tobias; can you blame us, it’s just too epic!  All together it was a fun visit for fans of The Reptile Zoo and winners out of over 400 submissions and online votes!  Congratulation to Tobias and his family, you will forever be a part of The Reptile Zoo history and known as the lucky boy who named our first male Alligator! 

Follow Prehistoric Pets/ The Reptile Zoo on all our fan sites including Facebook, Twitter, The Reptile Zoo Blog and even Foursquare for more contests, news and updates!  Don’t forget to visit the Zoo and say Hello to Darth Gator and all his friends Frank, Twinkie, Thelma and Louise and Beelzebub.

Ciao!

^O^………..Priscilla

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Forget Jurassic Park... WE have the Real Deal!

Familiar with Steven Spielberg’s major hit movie “Jurassic Park”?  Well if you’re a fan of ours, I’m SURE you’ve seen the film that sparked the interest in Prehistoric creatures worldwide.  In the iconic film, many dinosaurs and scientific theories were shown and explained but many people were left curious about our ancient ancestors.  Fortunatley, we have a chunk of that history RIGHT HERE in Fountain Valley, CA at Prehistoric Pets/ The Reptile Zoo!  We house several types of unique fossils from all kinds of prehistoric beings and plants.  Today’s blog is focusing on the ever so favored, Velociraptor! 

Measuring at a whopping almost 7 feet in length, this mid sized hunter sported jaws lined with 26–28 widely spaced teeth on each side, each more strongly serrated on the back edge than the front.  Too add to their ferocious build, they also had a large “hands” with three strongly curved claws.  The second claw, for which Velociraptors are most famous, was highly modified and held off of the ground. The relatively large, sickle-shaped enlarged claw, which could be over 2.6 in long around its outer edge, was most likely a predatory device used to tear into prey and possibly deliver a fatal blow!  HOWEVER, the "raptors" portrayed in Jurassic Park were modeled after a larger relative, Deinonychus, so Velociraptors are actually quite smaller in size than depicted! 

This astounding creature dates back to be about 80-85 million years old and have been predominately found in the areas of Mongolia.  Velociraptors are believed to may have been able to run up to roughly 40 mph for short bursts and may have even hunted in packs!  Unlike other well-known fossils that have been discovered, about a dozen Velociraptor fossils have been found, including one ever so famous example that died in a battle to the death with Protoceratops!  Check it out!! >>>

“Grrrrraaaawwwwwrrrr!!!”

Velociraptors had fairly large brains compared to other dinosaur species, which made them one of the most intelligent of the dinosaurs.  The study of dinosaur skulls reveals that the Velociraptor had excellent hearing, a powerful sense of smell, and binocular vision. That sounds like a pretty awesome dinosaur!   Most fossils and skeletons are held in world famous museums and sites BUT you can come to Prehistoric Pets/ The Reptile Zoo and check out Velociraptor EGGS we have on display!!  That’s right, Fossil EGGS that at one period in time, could have housed baby raptor hatchlings!  D’Awwweee!

Velociraptor Eggs

Don’t forget, we have MANY more fossils in stock for display and for sale.  Make sure to pick one up for someone special and give the unique gift of Prehistoric presents!

^O^………….Priscilla

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My Tarantula plays dead..... NOT!

All joking aside, the question of tarantulas shedding has plagued the brains of curious kids and herpers alike.  We are here with the answers, DUH. Answer: They shed off their old skin much like snakes, but HOW?  What EXACTLY do they do?  Let us explain…

The shed like process the tarantula endures is called “Molting”.  Noticing your spider is balding or perhaps it has been refusing to eat for a few weeks?  The process has started.  Wake up to find your 8 legged friend playing dead and laying on its back upside down? This is a clear marker for the beginning stages of Molting, however be sure to keep your spider undisturbed while this happens because the molting process can be very stressful to the spider and the sensitive creature needs a calm environment to molt. 

This tarantula is on its back, preparing itself for molting.

Once it has started this molting process, as the old exoskeleton is shed, the tarantula's body will be soft and extremely vulnerable. The tarantula will pump fluid pressure in its body to get the carapace, or upper section, to pop off first.  The abdomen will split along its sides, and the spider will continue to slowly pump fluid in its limbs to ooze the old skin off its legs. Sounds pretty gross huh?!  This can take anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours!  Once it is split, the spider wriggles out of its old skin by pulling itself out of the casing, kind of like pulling yourself out of PJ’s with feeties =P

 Mid Molt.... This specimen is pulling itself out of their old exoskeleton (Like the PJ's with feeties ;D)

Now your tarantula has molted! Once emerged from its old skin, it will be highly soft, tender and sensitive.  Do not handle your tarantula for at least a week after it has molted and make sure the spider has fresh water and do not attempt to feed your spider for at least three days after molting. Their highly sensitive state makes them vulnerable to insect injuries.  One amazing thing associated with the molting process is the regeneration ability.  If the spider is missing a leg it can be restored during the molting process!!  After shedding, the spider will almost shine for a while due to the fluid that was between its old skin and the new exoskeleton.  Its fangs will be white and rubbery; the tarantula won't be able to eat until they harden and it will sit defenseless, until its new exoskeleton dries. The molt looks much like a spidey-clone and is often kept as souvenirs, just like typical snake shed.  Your tarantula is growing and will continue to molt once every 1-2 years.  There you have it Herpers, so next time you think your tarantula is playing dead, just leave it be, he’s growin’ new threads ;D.

Hope all your curiosities and questions have been answered! =D

Ciao!

^O^……….Priscilla

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