Open Day at The Reptile Room 2012

What a weekend! We had so much fun meeting everyone at The Reptile Room for their open house. We'll write more about it later but we wanted to share some of the great photos taken by visitors to the event!

If you're in Europe and you missed your chance to meet Jay of check out the Prehistoric Pets stock available through The Reptile Room you still have a chance. This weekend the team will be at Terraristika in Hamm, Germany and next weekend you can find them at Exotic Forum just outside Madrid, Spain where Jay will be a featured speaker with Mark O'Shea!

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Prehistoric Pets European Tour

This show season the Prehistoric Pets team is doing things right… taking time to travel to FIVE European countries to visit with reptile fans everywhere! Want to find out exactly where and how you can meet up with us? Keep an eye out for our official travel itinerary out next week! 

Right now we can tell you founder and CEO Jay Brewer’s first stop on the 1st and 2nd of September will be at The Reptile Room for an open weekend with barbeque, raffles, and prizes at their Cleveleys shop. Here visitors can mingle with new and old friends who share one thing in common… they love reptiles! Part of every ticket proceeds will be donated to International Herpetological Society and Federation of British Herpetologists so not only will be you having a great time, but you’ll be supporting an even greater cause!

Of course we will be seeing everyone and delivering pre-orders at Terraristika in Hamm, Germany on the 8th of September. The Reptile Room team and Jay will be there to answer all of your questions and even make a deal if you are looking to invest in Prehistoric Pets’ top of the line Reticulated Pythons, Burmese Pythons, Sulfur Monitors, Rock Pythons, and Ball Pythons.

Now for the exciting news!!! We will be travelling to Spain for the first time ever… and even more exciting Jay has been chosen to be a featured speaker at the brand-new Exotic Forum sponsored by ExoTerra! This fresh new show will be held on the 15th of September near Ciudad Real with a great list of exhibitors plus a distinguished panel of other speakers including Mark O’Shea, a photography exhibit, and terrarium decorating contest!

In Jay's lecture he will explain the skills and techniques in python husbandry developed at Prehistoric Pets, including the controversial ideas that have led to its success. Jay will also be sure to share his tips and tricks on “reading” the movements of your python plus a slideshow of some of the leading reticulated morphs available today. Finally the lecture will end with a question and answer session on a variety of reptile related queries.

If you are any good at math you’ll be able to tell there are 2 stops we haven’t given the details for yet… I guess that just means you’ll have to check back soon!

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Egg Day at The Reptile Zoo

It's not everyday you get to see a huge clutch of pythons hatch in front of your very eyes... well that may not be the case at The Reptile Zoo. We are lucky enough to partner with Prehistoric Pets which means guests at The Reptile Zoo can have this once in lifetime opportunity... more than once in a lifetime!

 

As part of our coming expansion of The Reptile Zoo we are beginning some new and exciting demonstration programs. One of our most popular demonstrations is the live hatching snakes. For now this program has limited availability, but once our expansion is complete guests to The Reptile Zoo will be able to enjoy this experience daily with a birds eye view into our state of the art incubator and hatch room!

 

Just yesterday guests of The Reptile Zoo got the chance to have the first peek at a brand new clutch of Reticulated Python eggs. It is amazing to think each of these little snakes has the potential to grow as large as TWINKIE the 350lb world's largest snake who anxiously looked on from her custom enclosure at The Reptile Zoo.

 

We announced this special opportunity across our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages and just like magic The Reptile Zoo was full of excited guests just waiting to see these little babies hatch! Visitors even got the chance to be part of filming for our YouTube channel! 

After all of the eggs had been open, to provide the best hatch opportunity for the snakes, guests got the extra special chance to actually touch these eggs.

To be sure this was an educational opportunity in every sense of the word. Staff from Prehistoric Pets and The Reptile Zoo answered many questions from the crowd about the potential size of these animals, the specific colorations, hatch proceedure and many more. 

To see the answers to all of their questions and learn exactly what snakes were in each egg be sure to check back on our Facebook and YouTube channels!

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Prehistoric Pets LIVE AND IN PERSON at The Reptile Room!

It's that time of year again Prehistoric Pets is coming to the UK to support our official European Distributors The Reptile Room! Our sales mangager Garrett will be travelling across the pond to attend Snake Day at Houten Expo in Amsterdam and then spending a WEEK at The Reptile Room so he will have the opportunity to meet customers in the shop.

 

 

Before Garrett is off for his extended stay at The Reptile Room he'll be visiting reptile fans this Sunday, April 1st at Expo Houten in Amsterdam, just a short drive from the Amsterdam International Airport (AMS). Snake Day at Houten is a laid back family freindly show with hundreds of great animal vendors, last time Jay even got a photo with a huge owl and a couple fluffy bunnies. This show is only one day so be sure to stop by so you don't miss out on the fun.

 

After the close of  Snake Day at Expo Houten the team will begin their travel back to the UK where The Reptile Room has been diligentlly preparing with some great new additions to the shop including the VIP Room! Sounds pretty nice right? Well it is. This area houses only the top snakes available in Europe in caging designed through a partnership by Prehistoric Pets founder Jay Brewer and The Reptile Room team. The VIP Room is pretty exclusive, but if you stop by The Reptile Room while Garrett's in town he and Dean will be your VIP tour guides in this exclusive area. The best days to come visit are April 3-7th, but you may want to call ahead at The Reptile Room to make sure of the exact times each day. You can contact The Reptile Room by calling 01253 863 700 or emailing info@thereptileroom.co.uk

 

If you live in back here in the US we will still be recieving emails and taking orders but you may experience some delay. Thank you so much for your patience, hopefully we'll get some updates from Garrett while he's gone to share with everyone here!

 

 

 

 

 

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Faces in Support of Reptiles

Hundreds of visitors enjoy The Reptile Zoo and all of it's creatures each week, over 16,000 reptile presentations completed by Jurassic Parties alone, and thousands of reptiles are responsibly kept as pets across the United States, but somehow these people, these faces, are overlooked and demonized for their support of reptiles. At The Reptile Zoo we are ready to put a face to these supporters of the reptile community and use these faces to garner support for the protection of these species.

On The Reptile Zoo's Twitter and Facebook pages we will be posting a daily image of people from every walk and stage of life who have benefited from their interaction with these beautiful creatures. Below are just a sampling of the photos to come. We invite you to join our mission by posting your pictures, sharing your stories, and spreading the support for reptiles and their keepers.

To view all of the photos please visit www.Facebook.com/TheReptileZoo


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Python Ban: The Answers to Living Under the Lacey Act

 

 

Prehistoric Pets has long worked with a wide variety of species of large constrictors, over a span of many years. During that time, we have come to an intimate understanding of the animals we have worked with, their temperature and environmental needs, personalities, reproductive and feeding capabilities. With this background and some additional research it becomes clear the animals recently added to the Lacey act are neither capable of living outside of their current establishment in the Everglades or pose a reasonable threat to humans.

Today the listing of of 4 large constricting snake species as injurious under the Lacey Act officially goes into effect. At Prehistoric Pets we have had many customers, friends, and fans who have been calling in to find out exactly what this means to them. To provide a clear answer to the most commonly asked questions, today’s blog will highlight the most important changes with links to the government agencies where further resources and information can be found.

 

 

Q: When is the rule in effect?

A: Today, March 23, 2012

 

Q: What animals are included?

A:  Burmese Python, North African Python, Southern African Python, Yellow Anaconda, their eggs and hybrids.

 

Q: What does the listing entail?

A: No importation or interstate transport of the included animals.

 

Q: Is it still legal to own, breed, and display these animals?

A: Yes, if there are no further restrictions in your area of residence, these animals may still be kept for pets, display, and breeding, but at no point can move across state lines.

 

Q: If I move to another state can I bring my listed pet?

A: No. There is absolutely no interstate transport of the 4 listed species within the United States for personal purposes. All interstate transport of the listed species will result in penalty under the Lacey Act.

 

Q: What options do I have as an owner of one of these animals who is relocating to another state?

A: There are some options as provided by the Department of Fish and Wildlife below.

Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council’s Pet Pathway Toolkit: www.petpathwaytoolkit.com

Habitattitude www.habitattitude.net

 

Q: Can these animals be rescued from out of state?

A: No. Rescues may only care for animals currently within their state.

 

Q: Can these animals be purchased online or at trade shows?

A: Only if their original location is within your state. For example to purchase a Burmese python from Prehistoric Pets you must live within the state of California. If you live in the state of Colorado you will be unable to purchase a Burmese python from Prehistoric Pets and instead must locate a Colorado based breeder.

 

Q: Can these animals be exported out of the country?

A: Yes, if there are no US stops during transport. For example if a shipment from Los Angeles International Airport is headed to London’s Heathrow International Airport the flight cannot make a stop at John F Kennedy International Airport, this would be considered interstate transport between California and New York and furthermore a violation of the Lacey Act. NOTE: This listing also adds these animals in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) listing requiring CITES export permits.

 

Q: Are there any exceptions to the ban on importation or interstate transport?

A: There are only 4 exceptions to this rule which all must receive authorized and permitted approval BEFORE transport. These exceptions are medical (not veterinary), scientific, zoological, and education.

 

Q: Can I perform educational presentations outside of my state?

A: Yes, if the correct permitting requirements completed BEFORE transport. See below. NOTE: Please allow at least 60 days for permit processing.

 

Q: What steps are required to meet permitting requirements?

A:            1. Application Form 3-200-42 (www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-42.pdf)

                2. PERMANENT Housing in Double Escape-Proof Containment at ALL TIMES

               
Q: What does PERMANENT Housing in Double Escape-Proof Containment mean?

A: Under permit requirements all applied animals, including their offspring, must be kept in double escape-proof containment at ALL TIMES. Double escape-proof containment, just as it sounds, is defined as housing the animal in a secured area, within another equally as secured area. In regular housing this would mean in a locked cage within a locked room/building. During transport this would mean in a container within a larger secured container. If the animal is to be handled during an educational presentation it must be within a room with a closed door, which is within another room with a closed door. NOTE: This housing requirement is not only required during the permitted activity but for the life of the animal AND ALL OFFSPRING.

 

Q: What are the penalties for violating the Lacey Act?

A.   “Violations of the Lacey Act provisions may be prosecuted through either civil or criminal enforcement actions.  With respect to potential criminal penalties, a two-tiered penalty scheme exists, creating both misdemeanor and felony offenses, distinguished by a defendant’s knowledge of the underlying law.  For a Lacey Act violation to be a felony, the defendant must have knowingly imported or exported fish or wildlife or plants in violation an underlying law or regulation, or knowingly engaged in conduct during the offense that involved the sale or purchase of, the offer for sale or purchase of, or the intent to sell or purchase plants or wildlife with a market value of over $350 knowing that the fish or wildlife or plants were taken, possessed, transported or sold in violation of an underlying law or regulation.  A misdemeanor penalty requires that the defendant “in the exercise of due care” should have known the fish or wildlife or plants were taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of an underlying law or regulation. “ 

“Felony criminal sanctions are provided for violations involving imports or exports, or violations of a commercial nature in which the value of the wildlife is in excess of $350. A misdemeanor violation was established, with a fine of up to $10,000 and imprisonment of up to 1 year, or both. Civil penalties up to $10,000 were provided. However, the Criminal Fines Improvement Act of 1987 increased the fines under the Lacey Act for misdemeanors to a maximum of $100,000 for individuals and $200,000 for organizations. Maximum fines for felonies were increased to $250,000 for individuals and $500,000 for organizations.

Those enforcing the Act are authorized to carry firearms, make qualified warrantless arrests for felony and misdemeanor violations of any law of the U.S. when enforcing the Act, search and seize under Attorney General guidelines, issue subpoenas and warrants, inspect vessels, vehicles, aircraft, packages, crates, and containers on arrival in the United States from outside the United States or prior to departure from the United States.” 

 

Sources:

http://www.fws.gov/home/feature/2012/pdfs/ImplicationsoftheInjuriouslistingforthe4constrictorsnakes.pdf

http://www.fws.gov/laws/lawsdigest/LACEY.HTML

http://www.fws.gov/home/feature/2012/pdfs/FoursnakesQsAs11612.pdf

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&ved=0CEsQFjAE&url=http://www.fs.fed.us/global/aboutus/policy/tt/illegal_logging/Lacey_Act_amendments_public_summary.doc&ei=Ie9sT-mIKKSxsgLOiK2bBg&usg=AFQjCNGZjhxeb3UmdQ1KqzxzaZzgk-E0kw

 

 

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Fossil Fever at Prehistoric!

Believe us this is a real condition, and I'm sure I've got a bad case of it. Just check out some of the awesome new fossils we will have available at Prehistoric Pets and online at Prehistoric.com!

 

It's a messy job someone's got to do it!

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We've got boxes, and boxes, and boxes and just a few more boxes of fossils just waiting to be the prized possesion of fossil lovers around the world. 

 

With just a bit more organization we'll be ready to share our finds with you. Make sure to keep posted on Fossil Fever here at Prehistoric!

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Prepare Yourselves for NARBC at Tinley Park, IL

Today is our final prep day before Jay and Garrett head out to the Tinley Park NARBC: North American Reptile Breeders Conference this weekend! We will have 2 tables full of great python morphs to look at, and if the price is right to take home! Wonder what we're bringing? Here are just a couple glimpses into what you can expect this weekend.

 


The list is full of pythons including burms and rock pythons which are part of the "python ban" that goes into effect March 23. That means if you don't live in California this will be one of your last chances to pick up one of the 4 species from Prehistoric Pets. And of course there are plenty of industry leading retics on the list as well!

 

The Friday Summit is a place to not only hear from some of the industries top professionals but also BOTH of our voices in Washington PIJAC & USARK. Prior to the panel discussion we will hear from USARK and PIJAC about the most current legislation facing us, and what they are doing to fight it. Come prepared for the panel discussion loaded with questions, as the night is an open forum of Questions and Answers. When you leave Friday night you should know EXACTLY what you can do to better help in the fight against this onslaught of legislation our hobby and industry face. We hope to see everyone come out and participate in what we feel is THE MOST IMPORTANT HERP MEETING EVER. New legal issues will always be on the horizon so we will all need to be united in one voice or our hobby/industry are doomed........come out and HELP UNIFY THE INDUSTRY!

Friday, March 16th  Outside Main Exhibit Hall

7:00 PM Ben Siegel - Burmese Python Initiative
7:15 PM Andrew Wyatt – USARK President
7:45 PM Mike Canning – PIJAC President

USARK Summit at NARBC

If you plan on visiting this weekend's show be sure to stop by and say hello at our booth, but more importantly please make sure to attend the USARK summit on Friday night!

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Python Ban: The "Good Science" Argument

 

 

Prehistoric Pets has long worked with a wide variety of species of large constrictors, over a span of many years. During that time, we have come to an intimate understanding of the animals we have worked with, their temperature and environmental needs, personalities, reproductive and feeding capabilities. With this background and some additional research it becomes clear the animals recently added to the Lacey act are neither capable of living outside of their current establishment in the Everglades or pose a reasonable threat to humans.

We’ve compiled just some of the facts we’ve found within the documentation supposedly backing this faulty legislation. We urge you to read these excerpts, examine the sources and develop your own opinion on the subject, but please please do not rely on sensationalized images and articles with an underlying agenda. Today we will cover the "good science" argument examining the quality and biases of the research backing country wide bans on large constrictors.

 

 

 

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Question 3:  What scientific data are evaluated for an injurious wildlife listing?

First, the agency evaluates the factors that contribute to a species being considered injurious, including:

·         the likelihood of release or escape;

·         potential to survive, become established, and spread;

·         impacts on wildlife resources and or ecosystems through hybridization and competition 

·         for food/habitats, habitat degradation/destruction, predation, and pathogen transfer;

·         impact to threatened and endangered species and their habitats; 

·         impacts to human beings, forestry, horticulture, and agriculture; and 

·         wildlife or habitat damages that may occur from control measures 

Second, the Service evaluates factors that reduce the likelihood of the invasive species causing harm, including the:

·         ability to prevent escape and establishment; 

·         potential to eradicate or manage established populations;

·         ability to rehabilitate disturbed ecosystems;

·         ability to prevent or control the spread of pathogens or parasites; and

·         any potential ecological benefits to introduction.

http://www.fws.gov/home/feature/2012/pdfs/FoursnakesQsAs11612.pdf

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Question 9:  There have been other studies on constrictor snakes and the risk of their establishment in wild populations in the U.S.  Does the 2009 USGS risk assessment on these four constrictor snakes continue to represent the best available science on this subject?

The 2009 USGS risk assessment still represents the best available science.  Scientists associated with academic and other institutions are working on similar research questions, but none has reached new conclusions through comparable process or analyses to date. Please also see the accompanying fact sheet Global Experts Concur with Science to Predict Spread of Large Constrictor Snakes for more information.

http://www.fws.gov/home/feature/2012/pdfs/FoursnakesQsAs11612.pdf

The Information Quality Act governs the standard of quality of information used to substantiate a federal rule making such as the Constrictor Rule. Because, at the behest of USARK, it was confirmed from scientists round the world that the USGS Constrictor Report was NOT the kind of quality scientific work to base policy or legislative changes on, USARK filed a formal challenge in 2010 of the Constrictor Report in the form of a Request for Correction of the myriad of errors, misstatements and inconsistencies within the document. USGS responded that they were not held to information quality standards under the IQA because their "Grey" paper was NOT deemed at the time of publication to be a "Highly Influential" document; meaning that their estimate of the economic impact of the rule it was supporting fell below the $100 million threshold that constitutes a major rule. Unfortunately for them USARK commissioned Georgetown Economic Services to do a comprehensive economic assessment of the reptile industry. They researched the entire industry and determined that the rule, in fact, reached beyond the threshold to approximately $104 million. This put the entire rule making process in jeopardy, because now USGS and FWS could be held to account in a federal courtroom for bypassing information quality standards under IQA. After USARK proved that this would indeed fall into major rule territory, White House oversight officials appeared ready to bury the rule.... Until HSUS, The Nature Conservancy and Defenders of Wildlife pressured Florida politicians to ask Obama to push rule through. Then government did what it always does, it compromised. They chose 4 snakes that would not carry the economic impact constituting a major rule and enacted this limited version avoiding the mandatory integrity in science demanded by going after all 9.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/USARK-United-States-Association-of-Reptile-Keepers/93475517723

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Question 17:  What steps related to the Lacey Act were taken to evaluate large constrictor snakes as injurious wildlife?

The completion of the risk assessment done by USGS was an important milestone in our evaluation and a requirement before additional steps could be taken. 

http://www.fws.gov/home/feature/2012/pdfs/FoursnakesQsAs11612.pdf

USGS responded that they were not held to information quality standards under the IQA because their "Grey" paper was NOT deemed at the time of publication to be a "Highly Influential" document.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/USARK-United-States-Association-of-Reptile-Keepers/93475517723

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The Peer Review process is the scientific standard which every legitimate scientific paper (that is published in scientific journals) must go through to become accepted as reliable science. Not surprising however is fact that no such standard is utilized by the USGS, even though it is a necessary legal process used to determine the legitimacy of any proposed and intended) act: in this case, the ruination of a legitimate business which seeks to promote the establishment of populations of species otherwise destined for survival challenges or worse, extinction. In fact their “reports” are purportedly reviewed by anonymous “scientists” of the USGS choosing and follow NONE of the necessary Peer Review protocols to substantiate their claims. 

http://axcessnews.com/index.php/articles/show/id/22357

 

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Let me correct two common misconceptions first. This study was not done by the National Academy of Sciences as many stories reported; it was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences -- big difference. Likewise this was not a nine-year study in that we did not start this study nine years ago. We started this study 1-2 years ago and collected information that was available over a nine-year period (2003-2011) and compared it to similar data collected earlier (1993-1999). And sure enough a very dramatic pattern did exist. I liken what we did to a grand jury investigation. We amassed the available evidence and asked if it was sufficient to demonstrate that a crime had occurred (mammal populations had declined) and to suggest that pythons could be responsible (they had motive, means, and opportunity). An indictment was handed down. That does not mean the pythons are guilty. It does mean we need to go to trial. According to English law the accused should be considered innocent until proven guilty. In science terms we call this a null hypothesis, or a statement of no effect. Of course none of this sells newspapers, draws viewers to a television station, or causes hits on a website.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-mazzotti/pythons-everglades-study_b_1257911.html

 

 

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RED ALERT: STOP HR511 Python BAN TODAY!

This morning we learned from USARK (United States Association of Reptile Keepers) that Congressman Tom Rooney (R-FL) had introduced HR511, a bill to ammend the Lacey Act (title 18) to prohibit the importation of 9 species of constricting snakes, to the US House of Representatives. Below is the official post from USARK with details on how you can get involved to help protect our jobs, passions, and pets.

 

HR 511, a bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the importation of various injurious species of constrictor snakes; Indian python, Python molurus, including the Burmese python, Python molurus bivittatus; reticulated python, Broghammerus reticulatus; Northern African python,Python sebae; Southern African python, Python natalensis; Boa constrictor; yellow anaconda, Eunectes notaeus; DeSchauensee’s anaconda, Eunectes deschauenseei; green anaconda, Eunectes murinus; and the Beni anaconda, Eunectes beniensis, in the US House of Representatives, was introduced January 26, 2011 by Congressman Tom Rooney (R-FL) . 

Congressman Rooney has taken action to move HR 511! This bill seeks to add 9 constricting snakes to the Injurious Wildlife List of the Lacey Act. HR 511 has been scheduled for a Markup Hearing before the US House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday February 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM EST.

http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/markups112.html

>>There is very little time to voice opposition to this bill that could devistate the Reptile Community. Please participate in the USARK Call In Campaign TODAY!<<

PHONE CAMPAIGN:

Talking Points:

Will destroy thousands of jobs and small family businesses; $104 million annual economic impact.
Criminalize the actions of over 1 million American Citizens; Lacey Act felons.
Federal action to address a localized problem in South Florida is unnecessary; the State of Florida and US Fish & Wildlife have already taken draconian measures.
Underlying science has been criticized by scientists from around the world.
Creates a massive animal welfare problem, potentially displacing millions of animals.

Key Members of House Judiciary Committee:

Lamar Smith (R-TX)- 202-225-4236
Sensenbrenner (R-WI)- 202-225-5101
Coble (R-NC)- 202-225-3065
Issa (R-CA)- 202-225-3906
Gohmert (R-TX)- 202-225-3035
Chaffetz (R-UT)- 202-225-7751
Gowdy (R-SC)- 202-225-6030
Poe (R-TX)- 202-225-6565
Goodlatte (R-VA)- 202-225-5431

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