Crested gecko | Spring Babies: New additions to the zoo

Zoo Babies: New Additions to Celebrate the Start of Spring

Happy first day of spring!

Spring marks a time of new beginnings, and there’s no better beginning than welcoming a baby animal into the world! So to celebrate this season of new beginnings (and all the spring babies to come), we’re sharing all of the zoo babies we’ve welcomed over the past year!

Henkel’s leaf-tailed geckos

Through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Reptiland is part of a Species Survival Plan for many vulnerable and endangered animals. One of these, Henkel’s leaf-tailed geckos, are found on the island of Madagascar. Due to loss of habitat and collection for the pet trade, these geckos are listed as Appendix II by the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which means they need to be protected or they could end up on the endangered list. We’re excited to announce that we recently hatched 13 of these beautiful geckos!

Henkel's leaf-tailed gecko | Zoo Babies: New Additions to Celebrate the Start of Spring

Amazon milk frogs

Our Amazon milk frogs sure kept us busy. We had more than 200 tadpoles hatch over the past year! In the wild, eggs are laid in areas like tree hollows. The male will call a female over to lay her eggs which he will then fertilize. Once the tadpoles hatch, they need a food source, so the male will continue to call females over to the tree hollow to lay eggs. He won’t fertilize these clutches and instead will let his tadpoles eat them.

Amazon milk frogs | Zoo Babies: New Additions to Celebrate the Start of Spring

Poison dart frogs

We have many species of poison dart frogs on display at the zoo – the one pictured below is the phantasmal dart frog. Even though they’re less than an inch long, they’re by far the loudest of our poison dart frogs! The males call to the females and lead them to a bromeliad plant. The males will guard the fertilized eggs until they’re tadpoles. He will allow them to wiggle their way onto his back and will carry them to the water below. Much like the Amazon milk frogs, we had LOTS of new poison dart frogs this year!

Poison dart frogs | Zoo Babies: New Additions to Celebrate the Start of Spring

Day geckos

Many species of colorful day geckos live throughout Madagascar. They’re very opportunistic and eat a variety of insects, fruit, nectar, and smaller lizards. We house five species for our traveling exhibit Geckos: Tails to Toepads. Four of them are called jeweled day geckos for their small size and dazzling colors – peacock, lined, gold dust, and neon. The other species is MUCH bigger and is accurately named the giant day gecko.

Day geckos | Zoo Babies: New Additions to Celebrate the Start of Spring

Crested geckos

Crested geckos have become one of the most popular reptile pets over the last two decades. Incredibly, this species was thought to be extinct until they were rediscovered on their native island of New Caledonia in 1994 after a tropical storm! They’re named “crested geckos” due to hair-like structures that form a crest around their head and down their back. They also have them above their eyes which makes it look like they have eyelashes. Like most geckos, they cannot blink and must clean the transparent scale covering their eye with their tongue. We think they’re pretty cute all the time, but no one can deny how cute this tiny gecko is!

Crested gecko | Zoo Babies: New Additions to Celebrate the Start of Spring

Pueblan milk snakes

We had three clutches resulting in 16 baby Pueblan milk snakes this year! Right from the start, they have bright red bands which tell potential predators that they’re dangerous and to leave them alone. Here’s the fun part – milk snakes are completely harmless! They mimic the very deadly coral snake as a defense.

Pueblan milk snakes | Zoo Babies: New Additions to Celebrate the Start of Spring

So there you have it: all of the beautiful new additions to the zoo over the past year! Want to see more baby reptiles and amphibians? Check out our Behind-the-Scenes tours for access to Reptiland’s nursery!

Coloring Contest Results

2018 Coloring Contest Results

After receiving a record-breaking 453 entries, we are excited to announce the 2018 coloring contest results!

Selecting a winner is tough when there are so many great entries to choose from, and this year was no exception. It also gets more difficult as we try to select original designs different from years past. That said, we want to thank everyone who submitted an entry! We appreciate having so many options to choose from, and we know how much time and effort goes into completing them.

Here are the results…

Honorable Mention

Because we can only choose one winner, we like to recognize additional entrants for their exceptional designs. This year, we would like to congratulate the following on receiving Honorable Mention (listed in no particular order):

  • Reagan Boyer
  • Marlee Clentimack
  • Jack Kinsinger
  • Ivy Magargle
  • Leah Vest
  • Reagan Boyer

    Coloring Contest Results
  • Marlee Clentimack

    Coloring Contest Results
  • Jack Kinsinger

    Coloring Contest Results
  • Ivy Magargle

    Coloring Contest Results
  • Leah Vest

    Coloring Contest Results

Great job, guys and gals!

Contest Winner

And without further ado, the 2018 Paint the Dino Coloring Contest winner is . . .  *drumroll*

 

Anthony Sherman, age 6!

Coloring Contest Results

We love the colors Anthony used in his design, and we think it will look fantastic painted on Euoplocephalus when Dinosaurs Come to Life returns on April 21, 2018! Congratulations, Anthony!

Another HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s contest. This year we collected the most entries we’ve ever received—for the second year in a row! We could not be more pleased with the turnout. We hope you all enter again next year!

(Oh, and be on the lookout for something special from Clyde Peeling!)

 

What's In Store: Croctoberfest Special Event Coupon | Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

What’s in Store: Croctoberfest Special Event Coupon

Croctoberfest is this Saturday, October 7, and we can’t wait! Not only will it be a fun night out at the zoo, but it also supports crocodilian conservation; a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to the Crocodilian Advisory Group. And in the spirit of giving, we decided to offer a Croctoberfest special event coupon!

Upon admission to the event, each guest will be handed a special coupon for 25% off one item from our fine and fair trade jewelry collections!*

These collections include MUCH of our unique jewelry selection, and we hope you’ll take advantage of this limited-time special offer.

So come to Croctoberfest and be prepared to spend a few minutes browsing in the Natural Selections Gift Shop! (And keep in mind, it’s never too early to start your holiday shopping…)

For more information on Croctoberfest, click here.

*Only coupons printed and distributed by Reptiland can be redeemed. No photocopies or reproductions accepted. Coupon valid only during Croctoberfest event (Oct. 7, 2017 from 7-10pm). 

Jones Family Visit - February 2017 | Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

Keeping up with the Joneses: An Off-season Visit to the Zoo

Think Reptiland is only a warm-weather destination? Think again!

The Jones family recently stopped by the zoo and captured some of their visit on video! We love to see zoo experiences through the eyes of our guests, and if you’re wondering what it’s like to visit the zoo during our “off-season,” just watch the video!

(You could also read about the 5 Advantages of Visiting Reptiland this Winter, but this video does a great job illustrating them!)

We hope this glimpse into the Jones’ visit shows you the many perks of visiting during the off-season . . . and inspires you to come to Reptiland the next time you’ve got a few hours to spare!

2017 Paint the Dino Coloring Contest Results

2017 Coloring Contest Results

After receiving a record-setting 384 entries, we are excited to announce the 2017 coloring contest results!

Selecting a winner is tough when there are so many great entries to choose from, and this year was no exception. It also gets more difficult as we try to select original designs different from years past. That said, we want to thank everyone who submitted an entry! We appreciate having so many options to choose from, and we know how much time and effort goes into completing them.

Here are the results…

Honorable Mention

Because we can only choose one winner, we like to recognize additional entrants for their exceptional designs. This year, we would like to congratulate the following on receiving Honorable Mention (listed in no particular order):

  • Madilyn Shingle
  • Nolan Hannan
  • Landon Hostetter
  • Madeline Miller
  • Reagan Boyer

 

  • Madilyn Shingle

  • Nolan Hannan

  • Landon Hostetter

  • Madeline Miller

  • Reagan Boyer

Great job, guys and gals!

Contest Winner

And without further ado, the 2017 Paint the Dino Coloring Contest winner is . . .  *drumroll*

 

Brooke Woll!

 

We love the color palette and shading in Brooke’s design, and we think it will look fantastic painted on Carnotaurus when Dinosaurs Come to Life returns on April 22, 2017! Congratulations, Brooke!

Another HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s contest. With the most entries—and most creative entries—we’ve ever received, we could not be more pleased with the turnout. We hope you all enter again next year!

(Oh, and be on the lookout for something special from Clyde Peeling!)

 

What's in Store: Valentine's Day Gifts for Her

What’s in Store: Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her

What's in Store at the Natural Selections Gift Shop: Valentine's Day Gifts For Her

Tired of presenting your valentine with the stereotypical flowers and chocolate . . . but struggling with other original gift ideas? Not to worry. We have you covered at the Natural Selections Gift Shop! Check out “What’s in Store” for this Valentine’s Day.

(Ladies: if you’re reading this, we encourage you to stop in and treat yourself to some of these—we won’t tell!)

Show her your love is set is stone . . .

. . . with our gorgeous gemstone jewelry! Our collection is one-of-a-kind and includes pieces from all over the world. Whether she prefers elegant, dainty jewelry or bold statement pieces, we have it all.

Show her you love is set in stone this Valentine's Day with beautiful gemstone jewelry from the Natural Selections Gift Shop at Clyde Peeling's Reptiland!

 

Give her candy

Rock candy, that is! These beautiful beaded bracelets, also known as Rock Candy bracelets, are the perfect way to say “I love you.” They sparkle and shine . . . just like your Valentine. The magnetic clasp makes them a snap to put on (literally), and the best part is—no calories or cavities!

Rock Candy bracelets - the perfect (calorie-free) gift for your Valentine! Available at the Natural Selections Gift Shop at Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

 

Keep it classic with the color of love

Carnelian, burgundy, garnet, rose, wine, ruby—the list goes on and on! No matter the shade, red is an emotionally charged color associated with passion, desire, and love; hence it’s connection to Valentine’s Day! So why not celebrate with a gift that’s the color of love? With our selection of scarves, purses, jewelry, and other gift items, there’s plenty to choose from!

Find Valentine's Day gifts the color of love at the Natural Selections Gift Shop | Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

 

 Or make it an adventure to remember!

Meet and Feed the Gentle Giants this year for Valentine's Day! | Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

If your lady likes receiving experiences rather than things, consider giving her something extra special like a date with Al & Henry via our Meet and Feed the Gentle Giants experience. You could even splurge on a romantic Behind-the-Scenes tour for two. And don’t underestimate the experience of a visit to the zoo filled with exhibits, live shows, and animal encounters!

(Then she could even pick out her OWN Valentine’s Day gift in the the Natural Selections Gift Shop. Just a thought.)

Have a happy Valentine’s Day, and we hope to see you soon!

 

5 Advantages of Visiting Reptiland this Winter

This post was updated on 11-20-18.

Don’t let winter put a damper on your family fun . . . get out of the house and head to the zoo!

We may not come to mind when thinking of cold weather activities, but after you check out the 5 advantages of visiting Reptiland this winter, we hope that’ll change!

5 Advantages of Visiting Reptiland this Winter | Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

  • The Warmth

    Come on in, it’s always warm here!

    Escape the cold in our indoor Exhibit Gallery, where you can see nearly 40 species of reptiles and amphibians under one roof! You might feel like you’re in the great outdoors with our naturalistic habitats, but you’ll be enjoying them all at room temperature.

    If you do feel a chill walking from building to building, just head to Island Giants; you’ll warm up as soon as you get inside. Komodo dragons require extreme heat—like 90+ degrees—so the entire building is incredibly warm. You can also catch a live show here that will feel like a casual conversation with one of our zoo keepers (and the tropical temps will keep your tootsies toasty)!

    5 Advantages of Visiting Reptiland this Winter: Winter Warm-Up Shows | Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

  • The Experience

    Things tend to slow down around here during winter, but that just means we’re able to spend more time with you and your family one-on-one!

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    Unfortunately during warmer months it’s too busy and crowded for animal feedings, but in the winter, we offer them after every show! So when you’re done warming up with the Komodos, head to the Exhibit Gallery to witness an animal feeding. Since the animals that are fed change with every show, you can watch a different species eat at each visit. (One of the many reasons it pays to be a zoo member!)

    And don’t forget to catch an Animal Encounter! At 11:30, 1:00, and 2:30 you’ll get the chance to see animals up-close and ask our experts questions—something only offered in the off-season. #winterexclusive

  • The Price

    Because there is a little less to see November-April, we take $2 off our regular admission rates. With the lowered rates and more personal attention, you’re actually getting more of an experience for less money!

  • The Parakeets

    That’s right, parakeets! While we initially thought we would have to close this exhibit during the winter, we found that parakeets are extremely weather hardy…so that means you can still experience Parakeet Landing when you visit this winter!*

    5 Advantages of Visiting Reptiland this Winter: The Parakeets!

    The birds have a heated night house they can fly in and out of, but the actual exhibit space is not heated. Because it gets a little chilly through the colder months, we open this exhibit during select times throughout the day in conjunction with our live shows. That way EVERY guest can spend time with our feathered friends, regardless of the season! (Just be sure to wear a warm jacket . . . )

  • The Peace & Quiet

    If you’ve ever visited on a weekend in July, you know that it can get pretty crazy around here . . . While we are always happy to have a “full house,” we know that it can be frustrating for our guests, especially in smaller, more crowded areas of the zoo.

    The good news?  In the winter, it’s much quieter and more peaceful! There’s no need to hurry so the people behind you can see; there’s no line formed by the restrooms; no hold-ups at the admissions desk; and most importantly, no waiting to see your favorite animal in the gallery! You’re able to take your time enjoying each and every part of the zoo . . . and we hope that you do!

As a small business, we appreciate having guests any time of year, but we encourage you to take advantage of the off-season experience by visiting this winter. We hope to see you soon, but in the mean time, stay warm!

*Please be advised: Parakeet Landing is open daily at select times, however the exhibit’s availability is still dependent on weather. If you are counting on seeing this exhibit, please call us at 570-538-1869 on the day you plan to visit to confirm that it is open.

A similar post first appeared on our blog on November 16, 2015. This post reflects the new offerings and schedule for off-season visits.