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.

Our Name Has Two Parts, What About Those “Gardens”?

Every year, something beautiful happens at Reptile Gardens.  An army of gardeners descends upon the grounds, and transforms the winter barren flowerbeds into a fragrant sea of stunning annual flowers. Our gardeners plant over 40,000 annuals, and hundreds of perennial … Continue reading

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What Can I Do About Black Widows Around My House?

I get many calls from people wondering what can be done to minimize the presence of Black Widows? First I have to say, because spiders are small it is hard to totally eliminate them. However, there are some things you … Continue reading

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It is Spider Season! Black Widows and their Friends.

As warm weather approaches, we start getting calls about spiders and odd bugs people find in their garages, storage sheds, yards, and houses. The most common calls we get are in regard to spiders, especially black widows, brown recluse and … Continue reading

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Reptile Gardens…or United Nations?

Many people do not know that the Black Hills was one of the top finalists in the search for a location for the United Nations. The beginnings of what was to become the United Nations were set in motion back … Continue reading

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Mac the Scarlet Macaw

On Wednesday, 10 March, we lost one of the very few living creatures that has been at Reptile Gardens longer than even us long-timers, Mac our Scarlet Macaw. Like most parrots in the days before wildlife laws and captive breeding, … Continue reading

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Yikes! Another Fake Giant Reptile

This photo keeps resurfacing and several of our staff members just got it emailed to them again. So, in our unending crusade to dispel as many reptile myths as we can we will have a go at this one. Here … Continue reading

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GIANT RATTLESNAKES!

The Internet Such a Resource!? Sometimes the internet is a great source of information and sometimes…well…it is like the National Enquirer.  If you are not intimately involved in a particular area of study it can be pretty hard to know … Continue reading

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HOW TO CARE FOR A DEAD TREE

This week I am posting a column written 44 years ago by long-time Reptile Gardens General Manager, Jim Campbell. “Right smack in the center of the giant dome at the new Reptile Gardens there is a huge, gnarled pine tree, some forty feet high. And lots of it is underground to keep it from falling over.” Continue reading

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Not the Best Way to Keep Your New Bride Around

During the many years we have collected snakes, we have accumulated dozens of experiences, some of which were nearly tragic, but as long as they didn’t end in tragedy, they can be looked back upon with humor. In honor of … Continue reading

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Welcome to Reptile Gardens’ Blog!

Welcome to our new blog! We started this blog because many of you have questions about reptiles and about Reptile Gardens. Some of what we offer here will be technical, some fun, and some will simply be news.

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