Monsters at The Reptile Zoo!

 Our Beaded Lizards & Gila Monster, newly added exhibit in our REPTILE ZOO!  Are the only two venomous lizard species in the world.  Capable of inflicting a very painful bite!  I can personally vouch for that fact.  They both have  Bull dog like bites, they grab on & it is nearly impossible to get them to release the extreme presure their jaws  exert.

 The Beaded lizard & Gila Monster are combined into the lizard family known by the scientific name Helodermatid.  The scientific name of the Beaded lizard is Heloderma horridum sp. The Gila Monster is known as Heloderma suspectum sp.  The sp. means that each species has at least 2 or more subspecies.

    These lizards are very unusual because of their skin texture.  Both have beadlike looking scales, called osteoderms (bony skin).  These bony scales make these lizards nearly indestructible.  Along with their formidable bite, they are not an animal to trifle with, with out years of experience, as is true with all venomous reptiles.  Luckily both lizards are completely PROTECTED in every state and country they are native to.

    They both have good daytime vision and very keen hearing.  These lizards can also sense an oncoming intruder by detecting minute vibrations in the ground.  These keen senses are a must for survival, considering these animals are slow travelers and incapable of any fast sprints.  Slow & awkward they have another defense, and that is they spend about 90% of their life underground.  Coming out in the spring to forage for food and breed.

    They feed almost exclusively on the contents of other animals nests and underground borrows, such as bird eggs & offspring, rodents, snake & lizard eggs, etc.  Even though they are so clumsy and slow, both are excellent climbers.

    The heloderms range I’ll break down seperately.  Beaded lizards range from southern Sonora Mexico south along the west coast of mainland Mexico into eastern Guatamala in Central America.  On the other hand Gia Monsters are native mostly to southern Arizona, s.w. New Mexico, extreme s.e. California, southern Nevada, and s.w. Utah in the U.S. southward into southern Sonora, Mexico.  So far they are absent from Baja, Mexico and the small islands of the Sea of Cortez.

     Reproduction in Gila Monsters takes place in the spring, with egg clutches numbering 2 to 12, after a gestation period of 25 days.  In captivity Beaded Lizards lay 2 to 22 egg clutches, averages of 6 to 10 eggs are more common.

     My foremost project here at the REPTILE ZOO is reproducing the Beaded Lizards.  So come on in and see how we’re progressing with our breeding colony of 5 specimens! 

      Craig Tauchman    May 6,2012

 

 

 

 

 

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Jet Lag Recovery at Prehistoric Pets

Well, everybody, I’m back at Prehistoric Pets and all settled in, so I figured it was high time to write up a little blog about my trip to Holland for the exotic animal show, and stay over in Cleveleys, England for a while afterwards.  I had a great time, and met a lot of really great people (and a few… interesting ones as well)! 

I flew in to Amsterdam, where I was met by Dean Turner from The Reptile Room- a great exotic animal shop with high quality stock that acts as our official UK and European brokers. These guys are pros, and make it easy for me- they picked me up at the airport with all of our display materials and animals (in custom made climate controlled traveling cages) and took us out to the hotel we stayed at outside of the Houten convention center.

 

 

  We got the animals settled into the room, and headed out for a night on the town in Amsterdam.  Being careful not to turn the wrong corner (haha), we had pizza and watched the Blackpool football (soccer to us Yanks) game at an Irish pub, of all places.  One of the guys from the Reptile Room, Louis Charlesworth, got pretty rowdy with his team winning the match- so we had to watch his back a little, but all had a good time. 

 

 

The next day- we got the traveling displays all set up, and spent the day either delivering preordered animals, or helping people select exactly the right snake for their  situation- no matter what the budget, breeding plans, or personal preferences are, we had the snakes on hand with a great selection.  We go to many of the shows in Houten, and also in Hamm Germany- and this is a great way for overseas customers to meet up with the breeder directly, ask their questions, and make sure to get the right snake- often at great deals too!

 

The day was long, and by the end of it, my voice was gone (I have been known to talk!).  It was time to head back to England for the boys, and normally, this would be the point where they drop me back off at the airport in Amsterdam and I fly home as well, but not this time! I rode the ferry with them back to England, where I spent the week working with our animals over there (and helping them out with a few of theirs as well).

 

 

 

They put me to work during the slow times, but thanks to a great job of advertising my presence there, there wasn’t much down time anyway- we had people traveling across the country, and even visiting from Ireland and Scotland- to come see the awesome display snakes we had brought and finally talk face to face about some of the exciting things going on in the blossoming  UK Reticulated Python market. 

 

Lots of longtime customers stopped by, and even more new customers who had been thinking about their first retic came down and finally made the plunge!  I met a lot of leaders in the reptile industry while I was there as well, from a variety of different fields, and met my first European Adder too!

 

 

I want to say thank you to everyone who traveled so far to come out and say hi to me while I was there, and of course, a big thanks to all of our customers- past and present!  I hope it’s not too long before I get to visit again- the taste of the Blood Pudding and Haggis (not as bad as it sounds, by the way- I quite enjoyed it) is calling me!

 

 

-Garrett

Sales Manager, Prehistoric Inc.

sales@prehistoricinc.com

 

 

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Lighting It Up at Prehistoric Pets and The Reptile Zoo

When you're part of the Prehistoric Inc team, you never know what you're going to show up at work. After just a couple hours off I came back to a completely updated and lighted retail area in Prehistoric Pets plus a new display case in The Reptile Zoo!

Sometimes I think it must be little magic elves helping these project get done, which is partially right.

Over the years Prehistoric team has grown to include a huge network of friends who are happy to volunteer their spare time to make our big dreams come true and this time was no different. When it comes to construction Jay loves to work with his friends like Todd, Lance, and Buck who have each been major factors to completing this project.

Construction here has been pushed into overdrive as Jay makes his final preparations for his trip to Africa where he will be getting some great footage in Kruger National Park and visiting a local reptile breeders show. We're just glad the flight is 22 HOURS so he can finally get some rest! Becuase you know he won't rest until the shop is taken care of and all of his cool fossil finds have a beautiful place to be displayed.

Since this project is coming to a close we're already steaming towards the next which will increase accessibility in our retail area as well as provide a new cleaning station for staff to care for all of these great animals. Next time you see us the wall below will have dissapeared to make room for the crowds and new additions in Prehistoric Pets. 

Want to see the construction in action? Be sure to stop by Prehistoric Pets or The Reptile Zoo or even better you can stay at home and miss out on the dust by checking out our updated videos on our YouTube page at www.YouTube.com/PrehistoricPetsTV

 

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Photoshoot Elements

 

 

Ever wonder what it goes into a professional photoshoot? You may think it's the photographer, but the number one thing you must have is A LOT of teamwork.

 

 

 

Photoshoots involve a great photographer, a leader with a vision of what pictures you need, patient models, and a good team ready to help all of these people. Not to say photoshoots aren't fun, especially when you are photographing kids and animals there are bound to be plenty of hilarious moments when one of the two are bound to have a silly moment. 

 

 

Luckily we have a great team of friends ready and willing to help us get the best shots possible. Our go to photographer and long-time friend is Mike Walker who not only captures great shots, but loves reptiles too. We love his shots so much he'll be travelling with founder Jay Brewer on his trip this summer to Australia to capture their experiences!

 

 

We are also so lucky to have plenty of friends willing to donate their time and act as our models.

 

 

One of our favorite parts of a photoshoot are the behind the scenes moments that don't make it to the final cut or out to the public, but today we are going to share just a few so we can have a chance to thank all of those who have worked behinds the scenes making some of our best shots possible.

 

 

 

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It's not Wednesday it's TIM'S DAY! Duh.

**Stay Tuned, The Day is Young!**

It’s an exciting week here at Prehistoric Pets/ The Reptile Zoo and we just can’t hold it in anymore!  First, we welcomed the arrival of our FIRST captive bred Leachianus Gecko in The Reptile Zoo!  Born from our two adult Leachies, Bubbles and Squishy, our little newborn has been quite the talk of the shop.  No bigger than a pinky finger, this lil’ leachie has the honor of sharing birthdays with our dear friend and colleague, Tim O, giving him his new name, Little Timmy!

Little Timmy's first photos <3

To send this exciting week into OVERDRIVE, might we inform you its TIM O’REILLY’S BIRTHDAY?!?  There’s not enough space in the cybernet world to begin to blog or post all the Thanks and kudos earned and deserved by our dear friend.  Most of you know Tim; others have only seen him transporting giant Retics from room to room or assisting Jay in a clutch pull video.   Either way, we are dedicating all our posts and blogs to this important asset of the Prehistoric Pets team.  Although deserving of much more, hopefully we can shed some light on the “Man in the Back”.

Starting with Prehistoric Pets in 2002, Tim was hired onboard and placed straight into breeding responsibilities.  Unlike most associates who went thru counter and register experience to floor then to office duties, Tim was immediately placed right where he worked best.  Even though he was given breeding duties, Tim still assisted the counter, sales floor, birthday parties, office duties and MORE.  Working side by side at the time with our main breeder Todd Dyer, Tim reinvented breeding Retics, Ball Pythons and Burmese Pythons.  Heck, back then that’s what it was all about.  But not for long; later Tim would assist in the evolution of Retic breeding, changing the focus from Burms and Balls to Reticulated Reticulated Reticulated. Now, Tim leads our Reticulated Python breeding as Breeding Manager.

Tim isn’t just appreciated and respected for his breeding knowledge, but for his incredible work ethic.  Working an average of 6 days since he STARTED and hardly letting illness keep him away from work, Tim has been a perfect example of a model associate and colleague.   Maybe you’ve seen Tim work our booth at The OC Fair?  He took over fair responsibilities for 3 summers until Juliette was able to run the crew and Tim could return to wrangling some of the most beautiful, big and even rare breeds of snake.  There have even been times when Tim has unselfishly given his time and worked 14 days straight to help out completion of random projects!  He really gives a new meaning to the phrase "Jack of all Trades".  =P

Despite what you may think, when Tim isn’t pulling clutches, measuring Retics, shedding and cleaning our animals, he actually enjoys spending his leisure time fishing!  Just today Tim stopped in, pulled his Birthday clutch and headed out to sea for some Lobster fishin!  All of us here at Prehistoric Pets wish Tim the happiest of Birthdays!  Drop your trap, kick up your feet and enjoy the crisp ocean breeze on YOUR more than deserved special day. 

Tim and Jay pull Tim's Birthday Clutch!

 

Happy Birthday Tim!

^O^..........Priscilla

 


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.............We're not done with you yet!  While Tim was out Lobster fishing and Jay took over his duties, guess what we found?!  The Reptile Zoo's FIRST ever Jaguar Het Albino X Irian Jaya!  This all being made possible with the help of Tim himself and Michael Jim, and of course Jay pokinghis nose in.  We are really looking forward to see what the Carpet Het Jaguar Albino's come out like.  Tell us what you think...

Looks like a promising clutch! 

Not to mention we're seeing some of the coolest eggs and hatchlings come around!

Ciao!

^O^.........Priscilla

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THIS JUST IN!

Boy do we have a surprise for all you fans out there!  So many people flood our message boards and posts with questions and inquiries about when we will be making ore NEW updated videos.  Well guess what I’m here to tell you, IT’S HAPPENING! 

Let’s introduce you to close friend and associate Sean who will be taking over our video production shooting videos the fans WANT to see!  How does he know what YOU want to see?  If you were thinking he was telepathic, you’re HALF right! (;P JK)  Fans can get a piece of the action by simply emailing Sean directly at sean@prehistoricinc.com with their requests or leave comments on our Facebook wall!   All of us here at the shop have tried to take advantage of any chance we come across to shoot a new updated video, so the extra free hands will be a definite help. 

Sean isn’t just here to be steady hands behind the camera; he also has assisted and accompanied Jay in his business.  He has been working with owner Jay Brewer for 15 years now (O.O) as an assistant breeder AND our official Tech Guy.  All of our blog and social sites you all enjoy have been built and maintained by him.  But much like Batman and Superman, Sean’s hasn’t quit his “night job”.  When out of his reptile environment, Sean acts as lead singer for a Post-Punk rock band! Woo, he does A LOT! 

Sean, a.k.a. Doktor Mortis, stands in lead position with guitar in hand.

Below I’ve shared with you guys a couple of the NEWEST videos we’ve just put out on our YouTube channel.  No need to fret or fear fans, Sean will also be accompanying Jay and traveling to AFRICA next month for a Safari and Trade show!  You can surely bet that he will return with OODLES of fresh new photos AND videos for your entertainment!  Ready to see new footage?  Well HURRY UP and submit your request to Sean before he packs up and leaves for his Safari adventure!

Ciao!

^O^…………….Priscilla

Here are the latest videos Jay and Tim were able to make for you.  These videos give you a sneak peak at some of the ULTRA AWESOME breeding projects we have going on including Ghost stripe, Goldenchilds and Albino Titanium Pinstripes!  Wish us luck as we hope for the healthiest and most successful clutches. =)


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Oh My Michelle!

 Prehistoric Pets has been a family owned business for many years and all the associate have also become like a family.  You have been introduced to old and new faces throughout the years.  Today we bring you newest newbie face, Michelle Rodruiguez!

Michelle has been interested in reptiles pretty much her entire life, but in the past 2 or 3 years she picked up the hobby seriously.  Now proud owners of SEVERAL reptiles, Michelle and her children have their own reptile zoo at home!  With 2 Ball Pythons "Vixen" and "Kazaz", a Crested Gecko "Lola", a Beardie "Firecracker" and a Tarantula named "Freak", Michelle is definitely experienced with all sorts of different reptile species.   She says some of her favorite reptiles are Ball Pythons and Dum's, which is also where she says her expertise, is based.  Michelle also shared with us her ABSOLUTE favorite reptile EVER, the Gaboon Vipers!  When asked what was it that made her so interested in THAT particular snake, she replied, "They're pattern is SO gorgeous and they have the highest venom yield of any venomous snake in the world!.... It's so intriguing to see such a beautiful and powerfully venomous snake."  Nice choice there Michelle =D.

Michelle plays "Mimic" with our baby Anaconda <3  "GGRRAAWWRRR"

Here at Prehistoric Pets, Michelle is one of the many bright faces you see caring for all our retail animals and assisting customers through the store.  “Being able to help and educate new and experienced herpers is one of my favorite things” she said when asked about what she enjoys most when working at Prehistoric Pets.   She specializes in ball pythons and Dum's and hopes to own more reptiles in the future.  On top of being a great new employee, Michelle keeps up spirits here at the shop.  Our official “Mother Hen” can smell a bad mood a mile away and crushes it with a joke and a hug X-D.  Welcome to the Family Michelle! 

^O^…………Priscilla

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'Tis the Season!


Oh, Christmas. Everyone's favorite time of year. Don't you just LOVE to make a mug of cocoa, listen to christmas music, and decorate the tree??

Well, however you celebrate this time of year...its definitely ALL about love, generosity, and family. Here at Prehistoric Pets, we are getting into the spirit already by breaking out the decor! We love this time of year...Uncle Louie especially...and are excited to spruce the place up with some bows and garland!




This spectacular decorating job is due to our own Uncle Louie, a very dedicated member of our team.




Even some of your favorite animals are feeling "jolly".....

Fred the Frilled Dragon topping Frosty the Snowman:



Charlie the Crested Gecko, looking into Frosty's eye:



Zoey and Joey, the Ball Pythons...not knowing what to make of all this sparkly stuff:



Ghost, the Anery Cornsnake, wishing we had mouse-flavored candy canes:



There is so much more to go, so come by soon to take it all in, and feel the warm fuzzies of Christmas!


And speaking of Christmas...we are STILL taking Operation Christmas Child boxes!



So, if you are a procrastinator, have no fear...we will take your boxes until the end of the year!
Don't miss out, its a very good thing...to help Samaritan's Purse, and the joy that they bring!
Visit their site, if you are confused...they show you all the gifts from which you can choose!
Fill your box with school stuff and toys...and children around the world will be filled with JOY!



So, bring in your donation to Operation Christmas Child and Prehistoric Pets will take it to the Samaritan's Purse drop-off location...PLUS donate $1 for EVERY box given! Its a win-win...win!


Operation Christmas Child

How to Pack a Shoebox





If you do nothing else, please visit their site...its a great cause, and a beautiful foundation. Very interesting information, definitely worth a look:

Samaritan's Purse



Thanks everyone! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Prehistoric Pets Inc!


<3....................Thalia
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Black Friday Madness!


We opened our doors today to the usual 5-10 people waiting outside...but it didn't stay that way for long.

It was quickly apparent that our BF deals were something that excited everyone!



It has been a VERY steady inflow of customers, ringing phones, and emails...everyone wants in on our Black Friday extravaganza!

Our team has been running around like TURKEYS with their heads cut off...making deals, renovating, cleaning, and of course helping every single customer that comes through our doors.






Just look at how many people we need!!!



Its not over yet folks...hurry while you still can, and make us an offer on something you have always wanted! 5 hours left for in-store deals!

PLUS, if you are looking for a way to relax after a hard day of chasing the best prices...come visit The Reptile Zoo and hold FIVE different kinds of reptiles! You can't get this anywhere else!




<3..................Thalia
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Just in Time!


Last night, we got a HUGE shipment of new animals! We got several things for the zoo, and even some to sell on our retail side!! SO exciting.

For the zoo, we got two GORGEOUS Emerald Tree Boas...Just look at this amazing color!!




We also have a new set-up of Green Vine Snakes....these guys are so crazy!


But of course...since we are doing SO much to get ready for Black Friday, we just HAD to get some new animals to sell. DUH...

We have cleared out those three large cages in the back of our retail area, and we are finishing up cementing, painting, and building a brand new area for MORE sale items!

Here are some pics:










Speaking of Black Friday...Jay has just decided to extend the same rules from our online store to "in-store" as well! This means you can come IN to Prehistoric Pets and make an offer on the animal of your dreams! YAY!!

So what are some of our new additions? Well...

To start off...we have a big group of new Green Anoles and Long Tail Grass Lizards:



Looking for the perfect Christmas Present for your young child? These male Green Tree Frogs are the COOLEST! Come hear them CROOOAAK!




Here is something that I think is WAY cool....Collared Lizards....How adorable is this??


LOVE them...


So make sure you stop by Prehistoric Pets for Black Friday...no disclosing prices yet, but I assure you that we won't let you down.

Remember, we can hold your animal for 30 days after you pay 50%...so get those Christmas Wish Lists finished!

These animals want to come home with you this holiday!!


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