2012 Clutches

Enjoying the first week of 2012 Herpers?  Everyone here at the shop sure is!  Prehistoric Pet/Jurassic Parties/The Reptile Zoo owner Jay Brewer hosted a gathering of friends and fellow herpers at his lovely home on Sunday January 1st to kick off the New Year. 

A bountiful plethora of food awaited us all beyond the crowds of friends that swamped the Brewer home.  Whether you sat around the fire swapping stories of crazed reptile moments, or mingled around the kitchen awaiting the new batch of DELICIOUS on its way from the grill, you found yourself amongst friends, food and oH sO MuCh FUN!!

What did YOU do for your New Years?  Resolve to have your very own ‘Snabies’ this year?  OR do you already have them?   Either way, shoot us an update on YOUR New Years on our Facebook! 

Do you have a new clutch of babies to show us? Share a photo on our Facebook as well!  We would LOVE to check them out!!



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Something Fishy in the pond.

If you have visited our store here in Fountain Valley before, then chances are you are quite familiar with our infamous ponds in the retail and zoo portions of the shop.  Whether you were feeding the Red Eared slider turtles or watching Frank go for a swim, no doubt you noticed the vast array of beautiful fish we house in the ponds.  Ever feel like asking, “What kind of fish are in the ponds?” or “How do they cohabitate with so many different species?”   Luckily, were MiNd ReAdeRs (O.o) and have the answers for you in today’s edition of The Reptile Zoo’s blog!

First, let’s introduce you to our newest arrival, the Plecostomus fish, a.k.a. “Pleco” or “sucker fish”.  These cool fish are extremely popular pets due to their ability to clean tanks by eating algae and dead fish! YUCK! >.<!  The Plecos are friendly-natured fish and require larger aquariums due to their maximum growth averaging around 2 feet.  However, BEWARE, as they age and grow Plecos become more aggressive and it is best to keep them in separate tanks.

Next, there’s the oh so popular Red Tail Catfish that’s most recognizable in the ponds thanks to their obvious Red tipped tails.  Red Tailed Catfish diet in the wild consists of fish, large crustaceans and, unexpectedly, fruit.  Bloodworms, earthworms and good quality pellets or tablets designed for carnivorous catfish are a good main diet when they are young.  The Red Tailed Catfish is the largest of the catfish available in the hobby, with the ability to grow up to 5 feet!  Look at his colors!

A little less popular is the docile Leopard Shovelnose Catfish.  This aquatic beauty is a cross between a Red Tail Catfish and a Tiger Shovelnose Catfish.  These buggers have the ability to grow at or around the same size as their parent species would attain.  Their main appetite consists of absolutely anything (such little piggy’s!).  Along with their large appetites, come large messes.  Large tanks, a really good filter system and fortnightly water changes are highly recommended when housing such a fish. 

Most commonly seen in our ponds are the Pacu, cousin to the Piranha.  Full-grown pacu are much larger than piranha, reaching up to 60 pounds in weight, in the wild.  Pacu and Piranha have similar teeth, the difference is jaw alignment; piranha have pointed, razor-sharp teeth in a obvious underbite, whereas Pacu have squarer, straighter teeth in a less severe underbite.  Look at these big guys!

Last but not least, this little guy is the Channel Catfish.  The “Channel Cat” is the official fish of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Tennessee.  They thrive in small and large rivers, reservoirs, natural lakes and ponds.  Interestingly, Channel catfish have very keen senses of smell and taste which allows them to find food in dark, stained or muddy water with ease. 

All of these fish are able to cohabitate due to their conflicting dietary needs.  Although some are carnivorous, they do not feed on their own species because their size makes it impossible to do so even if they tried.  Have you gotten your chance to check out all these cool fish we display in our ponds?  How about a chance to feed them some yummy Super worms alongside the turtles?  If not, plan a trip to The Reptile Zoo/ Prehistoric Pets on your next day out, we will be waiting!

^O^ …………..Priscilla

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Monitor A, B, C's

Most of you know by now that our beloved Frank is a TV celebrity and stars in the Disney show “Jessie”.  But Frank, a.k.a. Mr. Kipling, isn’t the only monitor in town!  Here at Prehistoric Pets, we carry a wide variety of gorgeous and friendly Monitors for sale.  Want your own “Kipling” pride and joy?  Well here are a few selections we have available for you RIGHT HERE in the shop! 

The ARGUS Monitor, also commonly known as the Yellow Spotted Monitor, can reach anywhere from 3-5 feet in length depending on the gender.  Females averaging on the 3ft side whereas males tend to be bigger.  Because they spend majority of their time on the ground, they become avid diggers and will dig large burrows where they spend a sizable portion of their time!  They like to munch on fish, crabs, rodents, small birds and even other monitors!

Asian Water Monitors can thank our beloved "Frank" for their new claim to fame and popularity!  They are capable of growing up to 10 feet in length and maximum weight can be more than 55lbs!!  Water monitors can be defensive, using their tail, claws, and jaws when fighting or defending themselves. They are excellent swimmers, using  their tails to steer through water. As carnivores they have a wide range of foods and are known to eat fish, frogs, rodents, birds, crabs, and snakes.

Yellow Monitors shelter in burrows, crevives in river banks or termite mounds.  These monitors are not efficient climbers, and when their territory is flooded, they stay in the water building large fat reserves.  Their diet consists of frogs, toads, turtle eggs and lizards eggs.  These guys can live over ten years in captivity! Check em out!

This is a GORGEOUS Peach Throat Monitor!  Young lizards should be fed live insects — such as crickets, roaches, mealworms and waxworms — that have been fed a diet of fresh greens, and dusted with vitamin supplements. Larger young lizards may also be fed small rodents, fresh shrimp and fish strips, and bits of precooked sausage.  These guys can grow up to 3 feet long and bear a similar resemblance to the Mangrove monitor. 

Monitor crazy yet?!   JUST WAIT til you can check em out in person!!  All of them are sweethearts and are looking for a new home to strat off the new year!!  Bring one home today and start off 2012 with a big monitor BANG!!   BANG BANG!!!

Happy New Year Herpers!!  Have fun and stay SAFE!


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Get Ready for 2012!!!

Herow Herpers!

It's another special addition blog just to bring you up to date on all the NEW critters in our Reptile Zoo and Prehistoric Pet shop!  Thats right, WE'VE GOT MORE!!  Curious?  Thought so.... Let's not waste any time and get straight to it!

NEW to the ZOO:

Black Tree Monitor!


Growing up to 35–47 inches in length, they inhabit the Aru Islands off New Guinea, adapting to and  living in areas highly populated with trees.  It's tail is particularly long, sometimesTWO-THIRDS of the overall body length, and is used to stabilize the animal in the branches while their feet sport large claws and adhesive sole to enhance their grip on branches.  Come check this little guy out ....whiles he's still little anyways ;P!


Tangerine Leopard Geckos!  On SALE $89.99 !!!O.O!!!

A beautiful color option to the already popular Leopard Geckos.


I feel these cool guys are the perfect middle ground for someone wanting a Iguana like lizard, but are not able to maintain the size and attention needed to care for such a large lizard.  They max out at about 2-3ft in length and are prone to eat mainly crickets, roaches and worms.  To make them even cooler, these little dudes love to SWIM!!!  That just makes them fun fun FUN!!  I know... I have them ^O^!



Need MORE??  I BET!!!  Stop by the shop ASAP before all the guys are swooped up and gone!!  TONS of Holiday deals on animals, starter kits and MORE!!  Gets your new pet NOW before the December ends and get 2012 off to a BOOMIN start!


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M.A.D. Studio Presents...

Hello Herpers!

It's a BeAuTiFuL Wednesday morning here in Fountain Valley,CA at our store thanks to the children at MAD Studio.  They had their one of a kind reptile show early this morning and had the chance to pet and play with some cool critters!  Armed with big beaming smiles and some pretty cool art pieces, these kids conquered their party and project with entusiasm and spunk!


MAD (Make A Difference) Studio is a place where people believe in sharing ones thoughts and ideas without judgment thru Art.  Art has been around for centuries to tell stories and more, a way to express full range of emotions.  The wonderful staff of MAD Studio believe 'Art gives oneself inspirational empowerment and it is a healing tool that provides various forms of release.'  With a variety creative media, the mobile studio is relaxing, inspiring, and motivating for artists of all ages!  The program offers a safe place for kids to express themselves, and thoughts and emotions can be expressed. 



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Heeeyyyyy Herpers!

Now we all love our cute cuddly critters, but Why Oh, Why do they have such wEiRd little quirks?  Like what you may ask?  Take for instance, a reptiles ability to be autotomic? Auto-whaty? .... Let me explain. =D

Autotomy, not Autonomy, is the act whereby an animal severs one or more of its own appendages by self amputation.  This is commonly used as a self defense mechanisim to escape a predators deadly grasp!  Coooool...or Grooooooss?!?  TOTALLY GROSS!!!  No need to fear however, most reptiles can REGROW the lost limb!!!  Coooool ..... or Grooooossss?!? C'Mon...thats EASY... TOTALLY COOL!!!  ^O^  Now that we know what they do and why....  what about WHO does what?  Let's check it out!


Geckos, Skinks and other lizards that are captured by the tail will shed part of the tail structure and then be free to escape!  The detached tail will continue to wriggle, creating a distracting sense of continued struggle and turning the predator's attention from the escaping prey animal.The animal can partially grow back its lost limb within a couple weeks.  However, there are some exceptions like the rested Gecko, who cannot regrow a lost tail. =(

Autotomic Lizard:

Tailess (Frog-Butt) Crested Gecko <3:


Spiders that find themselves trapped, or in life-threatening situations can autotomize, "self-amputate" their legs. They DO have like what....8 to spare??  The missing limb(s) can regenerate over the course of several moults, and the spider will resume 'full functionality' in those limbs over time.

This Spider has lost 2 legs...

Feel a bit better now?  Good!  Hopefully this will help us all rethink how we choose to handle our delicate friends and keep them all in ONE piece! ^O^ !

Happy Herping!!!


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Hypo Snapping Turtles

Herow Herpers!

Today we bring you a very special addition to our reptilian and "more" family!  Welcome home our new HYPO ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLES!! Yayy!

The largest freshwater turtle in North America, the alligator snapper keeps to primarily southern U.S. waters.  The alligator snapping turtle is characterized by a large heavy head, and a long, thick shell with three dorsal ridges of large scales.  They can be immediately distinguished from the Common Snapping Turtle by the three distinct rows of spikes and raised plates on their shells.    

Common Alligator Snapper

The textbook definition of  a "Hypo" is lacking or experiencing a reduction in black and brown pigment, this would mean an increase in yellow and white pigment, making the appearance brighter and more vibrant.  Hypomelanism is not the same as albinism, which is the complete lack of black pigment.
Here is what an extreme case of Hypomelanistic genes looks like:

 Hypo Snapping Turtle

Thats about the size they grow to as well! Pretty cool huh?  Just WAIT til you see the two new Hypo's we've got on display here at the zoo!  Stop pn by and check them out, they are currently roomies with the properly named "Motley Crue" of Caiman Lizards we have in the Zoo area.  Help us think of some cool new names too! 

Til next time, Happy Herping!



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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.


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!


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.



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.

All of


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!




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Holiday Buzzin!

Hello Herpers!<br>


It's the first week into December, which meeaannnssssss......CHRISTMAS is coming!!   Thats right, and with all the holiday cheer in season, all of us here at the shop thought to help spread some joy!  We're stocked and ready to rock n roll with new starter kit specials on set ups AND animals, deals on just about every reptile, amphibian or arachnid cage to fit your needs!  All different sizes and set ups available!  Not to mention our fully loaded retail shop for any and all critter needs from food, to habitat accessories, to books on caring for your new pet! <br>


Hard times this holiday? No worries! Prehistoric Pets has your back and your perfect deal!!  Come on in the shop and inquire about our used and discounted cages for sale!  Most are just like new, and it sure helps save a buck or two during these buzzzzziiin holidays! <br>


 <<<<AWESOME!!! <br>

With all our associates hard at work to get you the best fit for your new critter and your budget, we are selling out FAST!!!   Make sure to come in and check out all these amazing deals and offers, or follow us on our Facebook and Twitter pages to keep up to date with all the new HOT off the press news before we are WIPED OUT!!!  <br>


 Sam sets up new enclosures!  Yay! <br>


Craig makes sure the line gets movin and customers are taken care of! <br>

OH!   And last but not least, we have started a NEW easier way for all you Herpers to get In N Out service for crickets!!  We are now offering PRE PACKAGED crickets!!  Any quantity below 50 crickets will be offered in the prepackaged section to esure faster more accurate cricket purchases for complete customer satisfaction!!!  <br>



Hope to see you ALL in the shop very soon to pick out a new critter to take home, as well as picking out his new home!  Happy Herping! <br>


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Forget Red and Yellow snakes...we've got GREEN SNAKES!!!

What exactly IS a Green Snake? What makes him so different from the rest? Are they pet worthy? Well you came to the right place! We've got MORE than just answers for you, we have the snakes in stock!!

Herow Herpers! Its a beautiful Sunday afternoon here at The Reptile Zoo and were coming to you with a new reptilian friend! Ladies and Gents, Welcome our new Green Snakes!! Although they seemingly come off plain and unorigional, but they harbor some pretty cool features and personality. These squirmy little wigglers are found throughout the United States, southern Canada, northern Mexico, Japan, China, and Southeast Asia. Green snakes are so named because they are typically solid green in color , with a cream-colored or yellow belly.

The smooth green snake is found in a variety of habitats such as grassy, moist meadows, prairies, and clearings in pine forests. This snake is often spotted crossing bike or hiking trails, or brought home by our kitty's or puppy dogs on the hunt =P. These sly guys rely on their color for camouflage and will usually attempt to escape if threatened. Their diet consists of soft bodied arthropods, including crickets, spiders, moths, butterflies, and grasshoppers!! MmMMm YUMMY! Speaking of bugs, have you tried our new HOTLIX Critter candies?? Come by the shop and try one out!

Back to these little snakes, which are thin bodied and their adult length can reache 12 to 20 inches! They rarely bite when handled, but will smear a captor's hand with a musky anal secretion. YUCKY!! !>.

Green Snake fan now? GOOD because weve got plenty in stock waiting to go to new homes!! For just $29.99 you could have one TODAY!!
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