Snake Walking with TWINKIE at The Reptile Zoo

Most people would never consider "walking" a snake, especially one of TWINKIE's size, but here at The Reptile Zoo we like to be a little different.

 

 

 

This weekend we had an impromptu retic party with some local enthusiasts as well as some from the East Coast. It was a great time to visit with friends who appreciate the variety of reticulated python morphs produced by Prehistoric Pets.

 

 

When you're talking retics with Prehistoric Pets, its pretty hard to overlook the "elephant" or at least elephant size retic in the room. That's right we're talking about TWINKIE our 350lb+ Amel Reticulated Python, who we believe to be the largest in captivity. To defy all stereotypes she is an absolute sweetheart who with the right team can be easily handled. Luckily with all of these experienced retic breeders on-site this weekend was the perfect time to take her out on a walk.

 

 

 Once out of the cage we weren't really sure who was walking who, but it sure made for a Kodak moment for the many Reptile Zoo visitors. While she was out we were able to capture some quick shots of her in all her beauty. You might notice it took THIRTEEN guys just to support her body! 

 

 

Be on the look-out for the full video on The Reptile Zoo and Prehistoric Pets official YouTube pages, but until then become a fan to check out all of the most recent TWINKIE happenings at www.Facebook.com/WorldsLargestTwinkie 

 

 

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Guest Blogging from Across the Pond

 



Hey Everyone,

I just wanted to give you all a heads up that I will be staying out at The Reptile Room for a week (be available there the 3rd-7th). For those who don't know, I am the sales manager from Prehistoric Pets in California- and we have loads of super high end animals in stock over there right now- some of which can ONLY be seen in person there, or at our shop in Cali.

I am really hoping that many of you will stop by- The Reptile Room has constructed a new VIP room for the high end animals, and it will be open to the public for the whole time I am there. I'm really hoping to have some great discussions regarding the most cutting edge genetics, ideas for new breeding projects, and whatever else you would like to pick my brain about.


It should be a great environment, a lot closer to many of you than any European shows, and I will be willing to sell anything you are interested in at show pricing. The most important thing to me is really just to make some good conversation with great people, and give you a more personal idea of who you would be dealing with if you ever were to get anything sent out there from us.


Many key breeders in the UK are working with genetics they have gotten from us on direct imports over the years, but never before has the opportunity been given for anyone at any level of the game to get directly involved with some of the front runners of the Retic game, as they now are able to through our partnership with The Reptile Room (I hope that doesn't sound too prideful- but I guess being an American I can't always help it, and you certainly expect it anyhow- haha).

I really hope to see you all there! -Garrett Hartle, Prehistoric Pets

 

 

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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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Forbidden Love <z3

It’s a cold gloomy day outside with scattered rain clouds BUT it’s warm, toasty and FULL of life here at the shop!   There’s been a lot of controversy about this Python ban now in effect, and all of us here at Prehistoric Pets want to share the TRUTH with you about these loving creatures.  Despite the rumored ‘danger’ Burmese Pythons pose, our friendly “foes” are actually quite sweet and easy to care for if given proper homes and attention.  Let’s go deeper…

Any beginning Herper or reptile owner KNOWS that much careful, attentive handling is required to house a docile manageable pet.  Whether gecko, Beardie, Burm or Retic you should always want to properly and regularly handle your reptile to ensure a happy, comfortable home life for both you and yours.  Without such loving care, ANY animal would resume it’s natural position in nature’s circle of life, we see this common in even our household pets such as cats and dogs.  Quoting the National Geographic website on Burmese Pythons, they had this to state, “… [Burmese] a generally docile disposition may be best known as the large snake of choice among reptile owners. Unfortunately these … are often poorly cared for and are frequently released into the wild.” THAT right there people, is why our beloved Burmese pythons are now a Forbidden Love.  Inexperienced and untrained hands were given the ability to RUIN our passions by attempting to own such an exotic and precious pet and then releasing said pets into the wild untrained for survival in a normal, wild habitat.

These infamously solitary creatures have been starring as the “Grand Finale” guests for our kid’s birthday parties for years now and are always the favorite!  Burmese owners have said they’re snakes are, “sweethearts”, “love bugs” or “cuddle bugs”.  Here at Prehistoric Pets/ The Reptile Zoo, you can even hold and take pictures with one of our many Burms! =)  Of course, the shock factor always comes into play when seeing your first 12 foot python about to be wrapped gracefully around your lap but it has NEVER taken away from the beaming smiles, happy giggles and “AWWWEEESOOOME!” comments flooding in after the picture is snapped and the initial ‘shock’ has settled in.  I’ve never left a party without a child BEGGING me to ‘See the big snake again’ or ‘Can I take a picture with it too?’.

Humanity has always had a way of reaching out for more, for never letting an inexperienced hand slap away our dreams or of experiencing the unimaginable!  Why stop now?  Show YOUR support for our Python companions and say NO! to this atrocious attempt to steal away our hopes and dreams of sharing our love of the exotic with one another and SIGN THE PETITION to overturn this ban!  Friends and Herpers we all need to come together and FIGHT for our no legged, slithery friends! 

For more info on the Ban, our opinions and what YOU can do about it.... visit these links.

The Python Ban: Economic Effect

Official Petition to Overturn Python Ban

Jurassic Fact Of the Week: BURMESE PYTHONS! <3

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

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Christmas Miracle!

 

 

 

Well Gang,

We here at Prehistoric Pets all had a great Christmas away from the shop, except for the breeder Tim, who was hoping for a great Christmas to himself with the snakes he works with here- in the hopes that something big would happen that day.  He came in to check on a couple of Reticulated Python Clutches that were getting close to hatching, and a couple of females that were getting ready to lay eggs- and boy was he glad he came in to witness our own little Christmas miracles! 

First, our giant Ivory female laid a gorgeous clutch of 35 beautiful eggs that were as bright white as she was!  This female was bred to an Anthrax Tiger this year, which means we should have some Platinum Het Anthrax, and Platinum Tiger het Anthrax on the way!  Then, when he checked what was going on in the incubator- he saw several really gorgeous babies crawling out of their eggs for the first time-  the first clutch had a few of one of our favorite Dwarf Retic morphs- SunTiger Genetic Stripes!  These gorgeous snakes have 3 visual genes- two Co-dominate ones (Sunfire & Tiger), and one recessive (Genetic Stripe), and they are also possible het for Albino!  These little guys are very cutting edge in the designer python world, and will make some amazing new morphs in the future as they come of age- not to mention they are one of the most beautiful morphs in their own right, with clean, chaotic patterns that stretch from the tip of their nose to the end of their tail.

Next, he checked in another eggs box to see that our Black eyed and Ruby Eyed Ivories had also decided to be born on Christmas Day!  The Black eyed Ivories, like the female that laid her eggs, are a rare almost solid white snake with deep black eyes.  The Albino version, which were first produced this year, were even more of a surprise (which you can see in our reaction as we first peered into the eggs in our YouTube video).  What happens when you turn a Solid black eye Albino?  You get a beautiful ruby red eye that looks as if it is on fire from within!  These little snakes seem to peer right into your soul with their blazing stare, and see for themselves if you have been naughty or nice!  These snakes are very difficult to produce, and the odds are against hatching one, even if you have the right two snakes to breed together (which are extremely rare as adults).  Out of the entire clutch, which was full of Albinos, Platinums, and Platinum Albinos, we only got one pair of these beautiful jewels, and these are the very first pictures of them out of the eggs to ever be shared- our gift to you, along with the hope that you will be blessed this Christmas, and in the year to come.  That’s what Christmas is all about!

 

 

 

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Herper Question of the Week


Today is allllll about the small, but MIGHTY, Super Dwarf Reticulated Python!

We get MANY questions...but mostly about their size. Interest is raised because they are basically a mini-me Retic!




First imported in 1999, these little guys are naturally greenish-gray, with orange or copper colored eyes. They are becoming increasingly popular as pets because of their manageable size, but still abundantly different beautiful patterns.






Super Dwarf Retics can reach a length of 8 feet. At this length they are usually a weight of about 20 lbs, because they don't get very thick. There is also a "step" in between Super Dwarf Retic and Normal Retic, that is just known as a Dwarf Retic. They grow to around 12-14 feet.

Our breeding team here at Prehistoric Pets is always working to create different morphs, and to supply the growing demand for these beautiful creatures. They are definitely a GREAT choice if you are looking for something exotic that won't grow HUGE.

Just as an interesting factoid...the longest reticulated python ever found was in 1912 on an Indonesian island....33 feet long and 270 lbs! Check this out!!


ReptileDiscovery.com reports that the largest known in the U.S. is a Retic named "Fluffy"....24 feet, 310 lbs, and 13 years old. Hmmmmmm....




Well, that means YOU folks really know the largest! Our Twinkie is not only a beautiful AMEL retic, but she's 22 feet, 350 lbs...and only 8 years old! She's STILL growing, people!



Just beautiful...and she's SO strong...ALL muscle!


Ok, so this was a little bit about big retics...but mainly about the mighty Super Dwarf! Check out www.prehistoricpets.com to see our selection and find out more about your future pet!




<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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