Jurassic Fact of the Week

 

Hey Party People....

So this week we are featuring Skim....the Milksnake, and his "mimic".  Skim and the other Milksnakes can be seen at all the parties because they are very tame, and very cool to look at!  The Milksnake normally has the color pattern of red, black, white...and it is commonly mistaken for the Coral Snake which is red, black, yellow.  While Coral snakes are venomous, Milksnakes are NOT and are perfectly suitable as party guests.   :-D

Many of you are probably familiar with the poem for these snakes:

"If red touches black...he's a friend of Jack.  If red touches yellow...he'll kill a fellow."

This is a VERY good example of why you should never, ever, ever...everevereverever...touch a snake in your backyard, or on a hike, or wherever.  The Western Coral Snake even has the SAME colors as a Milksnake...so you never know!  While not PRONE to striking or biting, Coral Snakes have the most potent venom of all North Amercian Snakes...so you don't want to risk it.

 

Here are a couple pics of Skim, our tame and non-venomous Milksnake:

 

And here is what the Coral Snakes look like:

Eastern:

 

Western:

 

Pretty similar huh?   So, if your not an expert, please be careful out there...

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

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The Fury of Mangrove Snakes!

Hey guys!

This morning has been a super awesome one!  I got to feed my new mangroves last night and set them all up this morning!  I even got a kiss or two from the biggest one of them.  Mangrove snakes are definately my favorite, but I will try with all my might not to overwhelm you all with pictures of them!  They are so gnarly and beautiful!  so, I'm going to promise today only, unless something amazing happens that I just can't resist later.  Not to be outdone, Greg took a big bite from a party burm this morning while he was trying to feed it!  I love it in the mornings when everyone get a bite or two!  It's so much fun!  It doesn't happen very often as we are all very skilled in the Art of Snake... if there is such a thing.  We practice, and practice and train and train so that we are quick witted and agile..... hahahahah...jk

We really all just love our jobs and try to do the best we can in everypart of it, from cleaning the cages,  feeding the lettuce and cricket eaters, to doing the fun stuff like feeding the big snakes and monitors.

What a glamorous job we have!!!!!!!

Here are the mangrove pics from this morning and I will have the bite pics of Greg and the burm in a few secs..........

much love,

xo.........................Savannah

 

 

 

 

 

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Old School!!!!!!!!! Meet Craig!

Not many of us have been around the reptile world as long as Craig, I guess you could say he was a herper before herpers were cool!  Craig knows so much that it is really ridiculous!  If you wanna tap into the venomous snake world, Craig is your guy for sure!  He has been tagged by a sidewinder, a green rock rattle snake, and even a gila monster and lived to tell the story!  Craig is the person to ask any question... about anything!  It's really amazing that with all the animals he has dealt with and handled throughout his life time that he is even still alive! 

In his off time Craig likes to sneak goldfish into the sump pump of the turtle pond so that will grow big... then he brings them out and they are like gigantic... I don't know why he does it, but we all have our special quirks around the store!  When Craig is not at the shop living the glamorous life of reptile enthusiast, he likes to watch Nat Geo and SpongeBob SquarePants.  haha  Craig has worked here for over 16 years and we hope and pray that he is here forever! 

Craig does so much stuff around the shop that without him we would surely suffer!  Craig in an important part of our reptile family ecosystem here and we love him so very much!  Thanks Craig for all you do!

xo

 

Savannah

 

 

 

 

 

That's Craig in the Background with his tongue sticking out!  hahahahhahahaha

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