Author Archives: Joe Maierhauser

About Joe Maierhauser

I have two main passions: building the premier, most beautiful reptile park in the world and collecting and dealing in the art of Papua New Guinea…so when I’m not researching new opportunities for Reptile Gardens (or trying to keep Terry in line), I’m passionately chasing after my collection of New Guinea art.

Practical Jokes at Reptile Gardens

Reptile Gardens’ founder Earl Brockelsby (1916-1993) was notorious for his elaborate & sometimes nasty practical jokes.  Among them were: *Propping open the mouth of a dead alligator with the Sunday newspaper inside & setting it outside a friend’s  home…a friend … Continue reading

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Featured Reptile of the Week

Featured reptile of the week: the Fiji Iguana. Good work everyone, my ‘Who Am I’ post from the other day is indeed a Fiji Iguana. It is, in fact, a hybrid Banded/Crested Fiji Iguana and is on loan to us … Continue reading

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Back When the Sky Dome was New

David, Jada, Clint and the rest of the staff have been really busy in the Sky Dome since we closed for the season. They have done a lot of work on the mezzanine level and even more in the Safari … Continue reading

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Rocks, Fossils, Jewelry, and New Guinea Art!

Next week, we are headed to the world’s largest gem and mineral show in Tucson, Arizona to seek out and buy rare and beautiful rocks, fossils, minerals and who knows what else for our 2011 season. We never know what … Continue reading

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Hey, Where’s Your Top 10 Most Deadly Snakes List?

For many years we had an immensely popular “Top Ten Most Venomous Snakes” list posted here at the Reptile Gardens and, subsequently, on our web site. Many of you remember this list and have asked about it. We get thousands … Continue reading

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True Grit Rattlesnakes – How True is it?

The other day National Geographic contacted regarding the veracity of the rattlesnake scenes in the new movie, True Grit. Terry’s interview is posted on the National Geographic blog. As you know, we like to present the truth about reptiles and … Continue reading

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New Year, New Web Site!

We have just launched a new, totally revised Reptile Gardens web site. Things change fast in the cyberworld and we do our best to keep up. It took months of work by our staff and the folks at Robert Sharp … Continue reading

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Visit Santa This Week At Reptile Gardens

Starting this Saturday the 18th of December Santa will be here every day through Christmas Eve. Bring the kids to meet Santa and take your own photos with him. Reptile Gardens is the only place where you can take your … Continue reading

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You Guys Have It Easy Out There Now That The Tourists Are Gone

Today’s blog combines a column written in 1967 by long-time General Manager Jim Campbell with updates and additions from me. By the way, we aren’t anywhere near closing yet.  We’re open until the end of the year. Those of us … Continue reading

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Reptile Gardens’ Green Team – Recycle and Reuse

Here at Reptile Gardens, we learn a lot from our animal friends.  For instance, did you know that many snake species lie absolutely motionless for long periods of time after a big meal? In large pythons it can be weeks!  … Continue reading

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