Reptiles at Church?


Do reptiles at a church service seem like an oxymoron? Not at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California reptiles are just one of the many unique features at this community church. Prehistoric Pets and Jurassic Parties started partnering with Saddleback Church a couple years back and we have been priveleged to be included in many of their events since, including annual Blocktober and Vacation Bible School events.



Every time we are involved with Saddleback there are sure to be plenty of excited kids ready to learn about reptiles. This year's Easter services were no different with over 200 elementary school kids attending just one of the 7 kid-centric services. 



Even though the groups are large we always get the crowd involved especially with the grand finale, one of our 12 foot Burmese Pythons or a large lizard like Rusty who just happens to be a full-time resident at Saddleback Church. Just when you thought it couldn't get any cooler right!

Rusty is an Asian Water Monitor just like Frank his brother (who plays Mr. Kipling on Disney Channel's JESSIE). Saddleback has built a great enclosure for him to hang out in with his own pool, basking areas, and custom cloud sky ceiling. This huge enclosure is part of "The Extreme" where middle school students come each week to enjoy the reptiles and service.


In addition to all of the kiddies who love visiting Rusty, he also gets a lot of attention from the reptile volunteers including founder Jay Brewer who visit each week and provide hands-on interaction with some of the smaller reptiles also housed at Saddleback.



Here at Prehistoric Pets and Jurassic Parties we love any opportunity to reach such a large and excited group of kids and are always excited when we get the call from Saddleback Church. If you are in the area it's worth a visit to see Rusty and his buddies at Saddleback!



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Hey Herpers!  Today’s blog is all about our 3 EXTRA special Iguanas!  I’m sure most of us are very familiar with the typical Green Iguana.  Some can be seen on a leash being walked by the beach, found up in a random tree (escape artist trick) or RIGHT HERE at The Reptile Zoo!  But there’s so many other kinds of super cool iguana’s you can see or own, so let me introduce you to some. :)

Say Hello to Rusty, the Red Iguana.  Red Iguanas are some of the largest and rarest types of Iguanas found in the species.  Red iguana is mostly found in eastern and southern parts of Africa and like other types of iguana; they also need special attention and care for proper growth.  The bulk of their needy diet must have green leafy vegetables such as mustard greens, escarole, kale, and spinach.  As you can see, Rusty here is about to enjoy a big serving of YUM!


This giant beauty is Mrs. Spot, the Rhino Iguana.  The Rhinoceros Iguana (Cyclura cornuta) is a threatened species and has an average growth size of 2-4 ½ feet in length!  Their name originates from the bony-plated ‘horn’ like outgrowth which resembles the horn of a rhinoceros on the iguana's snout.  Ranging throughout Hispaniola, Haiti and the Dominican Republic; they are found mostly in scrub woodland, forests characterized by extreme dryness and rocky habitats of eroded limestone in coastal walkways in a variety habitat types.  Luckily, we have the experience, knowledge, care and love needed to house such a magnificent creature.

 Mrs. Spot

Finally, we bring you our one and only Albino Iguana, Sonny!  Iguanas are sensitive beings; most of them rely on their environment for survival. Having an Albino Iguana as your pet gives you the responsibility to properly care for it and make sure that it survives under your care.  Just like with us, make sure to feed your iguana every day and the ideal time for feeding your iguana is early in the morning. Never feed your iguana huge amounts of food before sleeping time, this gives it time to properly digest food before sleeping. In addition, the morning temperature will give your iguana the right environment to properly digest its food.  Think you’ve seen the cutest, most majestic or funny iguanas out there?  Well… you haven’t met SONNY!  Stop on in The Reptile Zoo and say hello to all 3!

 David hold Sonny as they both strike a curious pose ;P

Until next time herpers!


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