Another new member at the Zoo!

That’s right; we have another new resident, a Surinam Toad! This interesting critter is also known as a Pipa pipa, and is native to the Amazon rainforest. Unlike most toads, the Pipa pipa is a bottom dweller who surfaces for air.

 

Still, the strong back legs of Surinam Toad make them supercharged jumpers. Its legs keep us on our toes as we have to be sure to cover the cage to prevent escapes.

When you first look at the Pipa pipa, it appears to be…well…dead; it lays motionless on the bottom of its cage. This behavior isn’t a result of laziness, but rather a skill mastered to help with hunting. As potential prey swims by thinking there’s nothing to worry about---SLURP! Dinner is served.

So what’s for dinner when you’re a 6 to 8 inch toad? In the wild, they prefer live fish but also consume worms and other bugs. Since ours is still on the small side, worms have become its dietary staple. We may have to upgrade soon as two worms can be consumed in only a few short seconds like a single piece of spaghetti! Maybe its been taking eating lessons from Bane the Black Throat Monitor who can also make short work of his food…

Eating is done by the non-polite method of slurping since these guys have no teeth or tongue. If a meal doesn’t swim by making vibrations in the water, the Toad will use its long fingers to forage. If slurping fails to catch the meal, those same fingers can scoop the prey into its waiting mouth. One way or another, dinner is served for these persistent hunters.

In the animal kingdom, Surinam Toads are most known for their strange breeding habits. A female will lay eggs, then the male will fertilize them, and pass them back to the female and places them on her back where they are absorbed into her skin. The young toads develop through their tadpole stage while still on….or rather inside of mom and when they emerge they do so as fully developed frogs. We're not sure what role our toad will play in the breeding process since we have yet to determine its gender. We're excited about our new resident either way!

The Youtube video below doesn't feature our new star, but it shows baby Pipa pipa emerging from their mother. It's strange for sure, but definitely worth watching!

(Youtube video courtesy of user TheRoachKeeper).

Perhaps even more strange is the appearance of the Toad; not only his tendency to play dead, but also a strange characteristic mark that runsdown their torsos… a black “T” that makes them appear to have already been dissected. No need to worry, our Pipa pipa, nor anyother you may come across, has not been loaned out to Dr. Frankenstein. This mark is just one of many things that make this toad incredibly unique.

The coolest thing about this species though is that they are not endangered despite all of the issues with deforestation in their home region. One of their cousin species, the Myers’ Surinam Toad, a native of Panama, is unfortunately.

Our newest addition is so new that it doesn’t have an official home yet, but we’ll keep you updated so as soon as it makes her debut you can come see this Toad-ally awesome creature. (C’mon, that was punny…)

Until then, come visit Twinkie, Frank, and the rest of the gang! 

 

 

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NOM NOMM NOMMERS!!!

Hey there Herpers!

 I have a question for you, Don’t you ever get a craving for something different in your daily diet?  Something like, sugary snacks….. spicy chips….. CHOCOLATE?!?  Do I sense a thought bubble popping up over your head? Is it filled with dreams of sweet and salty treats?  Well, how do you think our poor reptilian friends feel?!  YES, that’s where I was going with all this talk of delicious goodness!

Many of you ask, “What can I feed to my reptile as a substitute for their normal feed?”  It’s Herpers like us that realize our critters mutual need for a little ‘something extra’ in their diets.  Necessity? No.  But it will make for a happier and healthier reptile buddy.  SO I thought I would compose a “list” of safe and tasty treats to give your pet!

Leopard Geckos:

Mealworms, Superworms, Crickets, Roaches, Waxworms, Hornworms,  and Silkworms are all suggested feeders for Leopard Geckos.  ((For Crested and Gargoyle Geckos,  it is suggested to stick with  ‘Crested Gecko Diet’ in any sweet fruity flavor. ))

 

Bearded Dragons:

Crickets and leafy Lettuce are Beardies main dietary needs. But there are several options to add to your Beardies dinner list to kick his meal up a notch!  Try adding some Endive, Carrots, Bok Choy, Alfalfa sprouts, Mealworms, Super worms, Roaches and even Mice!  However, make sure to AVOID feeding your Beardie buddy partial meat pieces like chicken, heart, liver, turkey, gizzards, fish, wild caught insects, feeder lizards OR live rodents.  These can cause serious health and safety issues for your Beardie.

Amphibians:

Frogs and Toads may have one or two varying options as far as who can eat what, but in general, they stay about the same.  Some mutual options would be mainly Crickets, Roaches, mealworms, Super worms and for big enough toads… feeder mice!

Tortoises/Turtles:

Despite the eating machines our tough shelled pals come off as, there are a few extra options to treating him with something nice.  Mustard greens, Collard greens, Timothy Hay, Dandelion greens should be part of your Tortoises main diet.  A wide range of wild plants such as, Orchard Grass, Oat Hay, dandelions, white clover and wild radish flowers provide the most natural tortoise diet. Mallow, mulberry and hibiscus flowers, and various other shrub leaves and flowers, add variety to the diet.  You can supplement the diet with a little cucumber, lettuce and other salad vegetables as well as fruit *IN SMALL portions only ONCE in a while as a treat*.  Mazuri Tortoise Diet and Zoo Med Tortoise Diets are great choices as well.  Dog and cat foods, tomatoes, spinach, high sugar foods, high protein feeds like peas and other legumes, and also tinned meats and highly processed foods should be AVOIDED at ALL costs!  TURTLES:  Fish, Super worms, Mealworms, Bloodworms. Zoo Med and  Exo-Terra Turtle Food are all acceptable options.  They may even eat some small leaf lettuce if thrown into their water.

 

Iguanas:

There is a lot of speculation as to what you may or may not feed your Iguana.  Da Daa Da DAAAA!!!! We are here to the rescue!!  First of all, a stress-free environment is an important factor in maintaining a healthy immune system for your lizard.  Although many Iguanas may occasionally feed on an insect or two within its cage or in the wild, their diets should be primarily vegetarian.  Sticking to just greens and vegetables will ensure proper health and longevity for your lizard!  Proper greens and vegetables include Collard greens, Turnip greens, Mustard greens, Dandelion greens, Greenleaf lettuce, flowers, mulberry tree leaves, Spineless cactus, carrots, zucchini, green beans, butternut squash, asparagus, okra, alfalfa and more! 

 

! ! ! CAUTION ! ! !

 

Here are some things you should know about what to AVOID when choosing a treat for your pet:

1.       NEVER feed your pet wild caught insects or rodents.  These animals may have ingested poisons or have disease that could spread to your pet.

2.       Make sure to sprinkle necessary calcium/vitamin powders on any greens, veggies, or insects you feed your pet.  This supplies them with the much needed supplements to provide healthy growth, immune systems and ensure a longer happier life!

3.       ALWAYS make sure to feed appropriately sized insects and rodents to your pets.  Neglect in this area could cause sickness or death by under or over feeding your animal.

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us here at Prehistoric Pets are here to answer your questions and provide you with knowledgeable and helpful advice.  Stop by the shop or visit us at our home sites, PrehistoricPets.com, JurassicParties.com, thereptilezoo.com and even join our Facebook pages to get more info on for sale items and animals, FAQs and get special offer updates!

Hope this blog was resourceful and helps you on your way towards reptilian happiness!

^O^………Priscilla

 

 

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Good Morning Reptile Enthusiasts!

 

Today is my first official day working at The Reptile Zoo. Yesterday, me and 3 other trainees were

inducted into the world of reptiles. I happened to be the only one without much experience with

reptiles and amphibians, and let me tell you, by the end of training I had dealt with more snakes,

tarantulas and scorpions than I could have ever wished to handle in an entire lifetime! The enormous

selection that Prehistoric Pets has to offer is astounding! I was able to get over my fear of spiders, but

something is definitely holding me back from getting all cute and cuddly with those super worms haha. I

even battled wits with the giant tortoises by trying to pick one up. Tortoise – 1. Shannon – 0, I’m sad to

say.

Of all the reptiles that I was introduced to, my favorite would have to be the Bearded Dragon. These

little guys were so gentile to hold and look like the toughest guys around. Plus, their curious head tilt is

super adorable!

 

Well that’s all for now! I can’t wait to go on more adventures here at Prehistoric Pets. There always

seems to be something going on and something new to learn about.

-

Shannon

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Waking up with cockroaches!

I am an anonymous Reptile Zoo employee wife, and I would just like to share a few of the wonderful and exciting things that I get to look forward to thanks to my really cute hubby and his crazy passion for reptiles!

One morning I got up early for work and I took a shower and when I came back out there was a cockroach laying on my side of the bed, dead, it seems I had slept on it through the night because I remember feeling something tickling my back, and now I know what it was. Not to mention one of my husband's prize gigantic Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches was missing!

I have come home on more than one occasion to find him letting his very favorite retic play with my toy poodle Pookie :(

He comes home smelling like boa musk and has bite marks all over him that I assume are from snakes?

He watches Reptile TV and googles lots of mating videos and that concerns me when he spends hours on the computer alone, in the dark.

I am pregnant but he only calls me gravid.

He fills the bath tub with Red Ackies and when I want to take a bubble bath it is often times full of shed.

He leaves the seat up.

A mouse ate the strap off my brand new Betsy Johnson heels.

There are worms in my fridge as well as dead mice and cricket pieces in my freezer.

Our water monitor eats steak and chicken while we settle for PB and J.

There are cages in every room lined up the walls stacked 5 high, and when I say every room, I mean 1 bedroom apt.

PS: He talks to his tegu in baby talk and kisses them more than he kisses me.

But all in all, I knew what I was getting myself into when I married him and I love him so much quirks and all. My life wouldn't be half as exciting 

without my husbands love of reptiles. To all those wives married to the same kind, hang in there...it gets better :)

 

 

 

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