North American Reptile Breeder's Conference!

It’s Christmas in September for Prehistoric Pets and the Reptile Zoo! Yes it is that glorious time of year, the NARBC! That’s right, the North American Reptile Breeder’s Conference! We are so excited to be going back to the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend from Sept 6-7th. This conference boasts THOUSANDS of reptiles, or “herps” as we call them. From the most common of geckos to snake morphs selling for over 50,000 DOLLARS, there is something for everyone to see, and we will be right in the thick of it. If you want to see an extremely specific reptile we don’t have at the zoo, this is the best place to do so! Weekend passes for adults are a measly 15 dollars, so make sure you come on by and see us, as well as all the other amazing breeders that make the herp world go round! If you missed it, we had an amazing time on the morning news with KTLA’s field reporter, Jennifer Gould, giving you a sneak peak at what to expect at NARBC!

The star herself! She could work here; she was so good with the animals!

Several dedicated employees managed to rouse themselves to make it to the zoo in time for the first segment of filming, which began at 5am. Despite bleary eyes, everyone had a smile as we interacted with and showed off some of our biggest and best animals. Darthgator and his honorary little brother, Davey, showed off just how massive gators can get and why they are illegal to own. Later our Jurassic Parties animal crew demonstrated the wide variety of animals we use for parties. All of the animals that we use for our Jurassic Parties make fantastic pets for the right owner, and the best way to figure out which reptile works best for you is to come down to the show and interact with as many animals as you can! You never know what you might fall in love with.

Showing off in front of the news van!

Last of all, for our grand finale, we brought out our biggest Tiger Reticulated Python female to showcase what we do best at Prehistoric Pets; breed beautiful, healthy, exotic color morphs of the longest and sometimes largest snakes in the world. Tons of our gorgeous retics will be for sale and featured at our booth at NARBC, so come on down!

Frank, aka Kipling from Disney’s Jessie will be there to take pictures with adoring fans, along with pythons, tortoises, iguanas, anacondas, frogs, and alligators! The fun didn’t end there however!

The next day we drove up to Los Angeles bright and early to show off our beloved herps on Good Day LA with Mar Yvette. Aside from promoting the NARBC, we wanted to take this opportunity to spread our favorite message: That reptiles are nothing to fear and that with knowledge and education, we can all get along. We brought a green anaconda, Asian water monitor, panther chameleon, and Cuban false chameleon, and more. The biggest guest star of all was Sharon Osbourne, who fell in love with our pretty nosy be panther chameleon. Check it out! Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

Photo by Dano Photography (

Photo by Dano Photography (

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Meet Lauren

Many of you who visit the reptile zoo start to recognize the familiar faces of our employees, who are generally seen with smiles as they dispense helpful or interesting information. But no smile shines brighter or more beautifully than Lauren’s. This wonderful, compassionate, smart lady is a pillar of intelligence, class, and most importantly, modesty. That is why I, Lauren, have taken it upon myself to let you know just how awesome I am.

(I’ve kissed a celebrity. Love you too Frank xoxo)

All immodest humble-bragging aside, I wanted to let you guys get to know me! These employee bios don’t write themselves, and while it can be weird to try and introduce myself via a blog, I thought I’d give it my best shot. I’m Lauren! I started working at the Reptile Zoo in the summer of 2011, right after my sophomore year of college, as one of the seasonal employees hired to work at the OC fair. I guess they liked me, because the next year when I returned home for the summer they took me on again, this time as both an OC fair and Jurassic Parties employee. I continued to work summers for the zoo as I worked towards my Bachelors, and I’m happy to say that in January 2014 I graduated cum laude from Northeastern University with my shiny new BS in Biology, and a minor in Marine Biology to boot. I’m now working pretty much full time at the zoo, so here’s hoping you guys get to see much more of me!

When not working at the zoo: I like to scuba dive, ride my bike, and work on fun nail art designs.
My favorite foods are: Unfortunately the cheesy-carbohydrate loaded kind.
Hopes goals dreams: Become a vet, and work with animals forever.
Favorite animal at the zoo: Looks wise, I like Lucifer, the albino western diamondback rattlesnake. Personality wise, I love Mr. Spot the rhino iguana. We bonded at the OC Fair this year.
Funniest thing that happened to you here: One time Juliette cornered me at the OC fair with a giant water balloon. I caught it when she threw it and it magically didn’t pop, so she punched it and it soaked me.
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Bittersweet 5th Anniversary of The Reptile Zoo

This month marks the bittersweet 5th anniversary at The Reptile Zoo. Since 2009 we have had the absolute privilege to share some of the most amazing and exciting creatures with nearly a million visitors. We have reached many landmarks and have many more to come, but will have to do so with the loss of one of the cornerstones of The Reptile Zoo.  

If you followed construction of The Reptile Zoo you’ll remember our first groundbreaking project to herald the beginning of our transformation was the largest exhibit we had built to date for the largest snake we had ever seen. Today this snake is known the world around as TWINKIE, the 2014 Official Guinness Record Holding World’s Largest Albino Python in Captivity, but back then she was still nameless. One of the highlighted activities at the Grand Opening of The Reptile Zoo on July 10, 2009 was a contest to name this amazing creature. Over the first several months of The Reptile Zoo as word began to spread entries continued to increase in creativity and number until finally, with over 500 submissions and just in time to appear on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, her destiny was sealed and TWINKIE became the living legend of The Reptile Zoo.

During her 5 years at The Reptile Zoo TWINKIE delighted guests with not only her amazing size, but gentle disposition and beautiful albino pattern. TWINKIE’s fans were varied from the 5 year old youngsters who named her to experts who traveled the globe to see her in the flesh and judge her record breaking size. TWINKIE was an online phenomenon with her appearances in the popular YouTube webisodes series Prehistoric Pets: The Reptile Zoo, even a viral photo started on Tumblr that is still circling the web.

In 2011, a few months after her 8th birthday, we decided TWINKIE was ready for her own fan page which quickly surpassed over 1,000 followers in the first months and now reaching nearly 12,000! It was this internet popularity that lead to her most prestigious recognition. In late 2012 The Reptile Zoo team was contacted by Guinness World Records for their interest in including TWINKIE in the 2014 edition as the official “Largest Albino Python in Captivity”. This was the breakthrough we had always hoped for TWINKIE and after 10 years she would finally achieve it.

It seems all great triumphs are paired with great sadness; TWINKIE’s life was no exception.

Although not obvious to her many guests and fans while on display at The Reptile Zoo TWINKIE she has had little to no appetite eating a small meal once every couple months. For a snake known for her large size, and even criticized for “power feeding”, this was a shock to many during this period. We also noticed she was frequently going into a shedding cycle, which is uncommon for an animal who is not undergoing a large growth spurt. After 2 years of observing this combination, plus her lack of interest in her surroundings when knew it was time to step in. We tried minor changes in late 2012, with no success.

When February came around we knew what just might make all the difference in the world. We have always been hesitant to allow TWINKIE to breed in case there were any complications in childbirth, but over time we noticed a steady change in her personality, food cycle, and activity. We cautiously kept watch of these changes hoping she would be able to overcome them without intervention.

TWINKIE had always gotten plenty of attention from her adoring fans here at The Reptile Zoo, but as she matured it became obvious she desired to breed. Although she reached her sexual maturity many years earlier we had never provided an opportunity to breed. As such a unique specimen our staff was fearful the risks outweighed her natural desire to reproduce. But when we saw the negative impacts this decision caused both emotional and physical we carefully considered the best plan of action and began to find a suitable mate in early February.

Just in time for valentines 2013 TWINKIE was introduced to her first partner a large, although miniatured by her immense size, male Reticulated Python. After their first introduction we knew this was the right decision, because the two immediately started to breed and we hoped all of TWINKIE’s problems were a thing of the past. Like clockwork TWINKIE’s body began the nature egg production process, but again success is met with setbacks. We noticed the first egg in May 2013, but immediately knew there would be complications when only one appeared. These complications were somewhat expected as TWINKIE was already 10 years old and had never had the opportunity to lay her eggs during that time. The goal of this breeding had never been to reproduce, but to improve her health and reset her natural cycle, and in that way we had succeeded. After a short vacation TWINKIE was back to eating on a healthy schedule and ready to meet her fans with her newly crowned title from Guinness in September of 2013.

On her return although we did see an improvement in her shedding schedule which was now normalized her appetite began to diminish. We began the labor intensive strategy of transporting her to a separate feeding enclosure for her weekly meal which did increase her appetite, but was a difficult transition. A year of careful observation and her first male interaction we decided to again try to pair TWINKIE with a male and allow her body to go through it’s natural cycle. This time the breeding did not take and she was placed permanently off display in her feeding enclosure. For a time she again ate well and appeared to take a turn for the better, but just one month after celebrating her 11th birthday TWINKIE passed.

Because of the tragic nature of her loss we did not immediately share of her passing. We couldn’t believe it was true, we didn’t want it to be true, but as truth has a way of doing, the fact remained TWINKIE would no longer be part of The Reptile Zoo team. During this time only 5 people on the planet knew of her passing as we could not yet bear to share of this loss with the public. Even writing this statement seemed unbearable, we were frozen in grief, and honestly 3 months after her passing still are.

During her residency  at The Reptile Zoo TWINKIE brought great joy to the thousands who visited in person and the millions who enjoyed following her story online. She was an amazing creature that will not soon be forgotten and will be missed by all. We welcome your stories in remembrance. We have been torn as to what to do in her memory and welcome your suggestions. To learn more about TWINKIE's time at The Reptile Zoo please visit her Facebook Page at

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Octomellerium is Spreading at The Reptile Zoo

You heard it right we've got the early stages of Octomellerium at The Reptile Zoo... and we are pretty excited about it! Watch as Jay and Tim discuss the newest exhibit in progress at The Reptile Zoo in Fountain Valley, California then stop by and see it for yourselves. Opening day is July 30th!

As Jay said it all wouldn't be possible without our amazing exhibit sponsors
Brian Allen of
California Driftwood
Prehistoric Pets
Kenny the Printer
All-In-One Handyman
PLUS our amazing team and volunteers!

We are so excited to announce Exo Terra as an exhibit sponsor of Meller Manor! The team has generously donated many of the supplies and decor that will keep these beautiful animals healthy and happy in The Reptile Zoo for years to come.

The state of the art products provided by the Exo-Terra team include:

Monsoon High Pressure Watering systems which will provide the necessary timed misting across the 40 foot exhibit. The brand new Reptile Fountain to provide constant available water sources for the large collection between misting schedules.

A variety of deluxe silk plants to provide the secure moisture holding hide areas to accommodate up to 10 Meller’s Chameleons.

Plenty of Repti-Glo T8 Bulbs to provide vital UVB coverage across the 40 x 8 foot exhibit. Plus multiple advanced Sunray Fixtures to provide necessary basking hot spots with increased heat, UVA, and UVB sources.

And of course grapevine to provide increased climbing outlets for these curious animals.

We have chosen these Exo-Terra products to provide the best available care for our newest additions to the zoo and you can to find out more about Exo-Terra visit

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You're Invited to Meller Manor July 30th at The Reptile Zoo

Some of the world's most interesting animals are coming to a permanent exhibit at The Reptile Zoo in Fountain Valley, California. The ambitious "OctoMellerium" Project will bring together the largest captive collection in the world of free-ranging Meller's Chameleons. If you've never seen a Meller's Chameleon they are up to three feet long, live in trees and range in colors from banana yellow, to white, to orange to jungle green.

The exhibit will feature between eight and ten giant Meller’s Chameleons living together and interacting in a large free ranging environment inside The Reptile Zoo at Prehistoric Pets. Click here for photographs of what these gentle giants look like: Meller’s Chameleon Images Brian Allen, President of, the Originator and Sponsor of the exhibit said in a recent interview that: “Meller’s Chameleons are from Tanzania and Malawi in Central Africa and while not immediately endangered they are threatened by habitat destruction as are most chameleons around the world. One of the objectives of the “Meller Manor/OctoMellerium Project” is to bring together different genetic strains of this Meller’s species and produce a strong breeding population in the United States.”

Laura and Jay Brewer, the daughter and father Owner Team at the Prehistoric Pets Reptile Zoo are excited by the project. Laura recently commented about the project. “The Meller Manor/OctoMellerium Project is just the sort of thing that the press, schools, parents, teachers and the scientific community can all stand behind and support. This will be the largest exhibit of its kind in the world and we are proud to provide a permanent home for it at Prehistoric Pets."

The Meller’s Chameleon’s have arrived in California safely thanks to who imported them specifically for this project. A video of their arrival can be below:

The Meller Manor/OctoMellerium Project Opens on Laura Brewer’s Birthday on July 30th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. PST. Presale tickets for the Grand Opening are available by calling (714) 500-0591 and asking for Laura Brewer. Discounted tickets for schools and other groups are available by booking in advance.

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Easter Time with Reptiles

Happy Easter!


Spring in full swing here with what seems like new babies hatching and being laid every day! We may be known around the world for our designer Reticulated Python morphs, but don't tell the other animals here that. Just in the month of April we've had suprise Carpet Python, Corn Snake, Leachianus Gecko, Plated Lizard, Children's Pythons and more! Keep an eye on the blog for updated videos of the clutches and all things Prehistoric!


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Party Prehistoric Style

We always say we throw "Prehistoric Style" parties, but this year definitely dissapoint! As a thank you to all the great work our team puts in to make Prehistoric what it is we like to give back with a party at Jay's house, where he's the chef! If you know anything about Jay that means you better come hungry because no matter how many friends you bring, there will still be left overs to feed the neighborhood.


This year to feed the masses we feasted on Jay's signature tacos with a variety of meats plus homemade rice and beans, but why stop there? Jay also treated the team to BBQ ribs that seemed to disappear as fast as he could get them off the grill. Once we were so full we could barely move the unbelievable entertainment started. Thanks to Jay's connections we enjoyed a private FIRE BREATHING show!!!! I mean who does that?

Luckily no plants, animals, neighbors, or team members were burned in the show, but WOW were those flames big! Then we got the crowd laughing with a comical magical routine pitting some of our biggest and strongest against the magician's lovely assistant. In the end everyone had a chance to relax and just enjoy the company of their amazing co-workers and friends. I'll I've got to say is they better start planning now, because it's going to be hard to top that!


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Be My WILD Valentine!

The day dedicated to love has come again and we’re feeling festive. Our endearment for reptiles is pretty strong so we love when we can emphasize it. I mean what is more romantic than a long stroll through The Reptile Zoo?

There’s a plethora of sweet ideas for a reptile filled Valentine’s Day on our official Pinterest!

Don't have a WILD valentine? We've got you covered with our February special where you save $150 on a pair of bright red cornsnakes. Cornsnakes make fantastic pets and this super sale includes everything you'll need for less than a fancy piece of jewelry! How festive! But better act fast this sale is only here for the month of love then it will be whisked away to make way for an equally green deal in March!

So whether you’re cuddling up to a significant other or a reptile this coming Valentine’s Day we hope it’s a good one!
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Prehistoric Times in 2013

How could it already be a month into 2014?!? The year of the snake just slithered by so fast we barely had a chance to share some of the great experiences that came with it, but we're going to try to make it up to you with an extra long recap blog chocked full of photos & videos. So many we'll be highlighting details from some of our favorite stories over the next couple weeks as well.

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Introducing GRAIN!


In response to the countless pushes in legislation to ban or prohibit ownership of reptiles and other exotics, more based in fear and false accusations, we have joined up with other leaders in the reptile industry to create an educational resource to continue to promote fact based respect and care for these animals.

As our community continues to grow we are overwhelmed by the positive support we have received! Below are just a few of the great examples of GRAIN supporters from around the world sharing their love and knowledge about these amazing animals with their community.

My daughter with our tortoise, Donna. I bought Donna the same month I got pregnant. These two have always been with each other. Donna is 6 yrs old and my daughter is 5. :) -Mindi SueLee


You can see the passion in these childrens eyes! They arent born with a fear and hatred of these animals, its given to them by their guardians, and the media!!! Lets show them the truth! EDUCATION TRUMPS SPECULATION!!!!! SHOWING PEOPLE WHAT THESE ANIMALS ARE REALLY ABOUT!!!!! NOT THE BS THAT THE MAJORITY BELIEVE!!!!This is what its about!!! Teaching the next generation about these wonderful animals, and guiding them the RIGHT WAY!!!! -Jake Klotz


Here's a pic from when my educational program got the cover of the local paper last year. -John Sheerin



This was one of my favorite "reptile" discussions of all time! In between shows for the kids, this 80 year old lady came up to me and started asking me questions. She had never seen an alligator, let alone most any other reptile up close. The conversation lasted about 20 minutes, and as her husband repeatedly told her that they had to go home... she didn't want to, and told him to "hush for a minute, We're talking". She walked in scared and confused, thinking that most reptiles were good for nothing, and left in love with a 6 foot alligator. -Loren Morales



Here is a little girl that wanted to hold Midnight our Black & White Tegu. This was a great show and everyone got involved! -Roaming Reptiles



Pythons are loved and kept Globally.! Country: Pakistan -Hamza Hussain Simjee



A group of Police officers we did a show for, for "National Night Out Against Crime" -Beanie Villerman



Reptiles + Education = Success -Beanie Villerman


My Reptiles are my Life. I wanted to share a side of reptiles that most luckily have not experienced. I have had reptiles my entire life, even as a child my parents would take me to the pet store week after week for me to purchase food with my allowance money for my animals. I would catch snakes and frogs when I was young until I was able to save enough money and gain enough knowledge to purchase more advanced animals from the pet stores. I always had the sense of responsibility for caring for my animals since the day I found my first one and I always had the support of my parents to back me up.

When I turned 13 I sadly lost my Father. Being an only child mean I had to step up and work harder at home and harder to support my reptile collection. I did everything I could from mowing lawns to washing cars in my neighborhood. When I 15 I got my workers permit and began working as much as I could while going though highschool. I was working full time by junior year. I lost my mother to a very short battle with cancer, she passed the day I graduated High school. I was forced into adult hood before I even started college. I was also now the only possible means of providing proper care for my reptiles. Losing your loved ones, especially your parents can do serious damage to an individual.

I am a fighter and I knew I had to support myself and my Reptiles, I choose to NEVER GIVE UP and continue to fight harder for what I wanted in life. I have a very strong connection with my reptiles and I was their only way to thrive. Working though college, being on my own, buying a house, and marrying my beautiful wife showed me that giving up in NEVER an option! Not for me, Not for my Dream, and NOT FOR MY REPTILES! My animals keep me moving forward in the worst times of my life. I have kept many species of reptiles and amphibians From my child hood until now. I proud to say am living my dream of breeding Reticulated pythons and supporting a large collection on my own. My reptiles have always been there for me and I have always been here for them. I wanted to share this short story because REPTILES CAN SAVE LIVES  -Shane Castello



Here is one of our shows that we did for a school here in town. We reached over 700 children and teachers. -Roaming Reptiles


If you have a story to share be sure to a become a fan of GRAIN on Facebook! Then share your story and share GRAIN with your friends! We are here to spread education and respect for all types of pets loved who we devote our time, resources, and lives to caring for.


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