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PCR #265  (Vol. 6, No. 16)  This edition is for the week of April 18--24, 2005.

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 by Mike Smith
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 by Nicholas King
The Reptile Show...."The Amityville Horror"
 by John Lewis
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Creature's Corner

Hello Everyone:
Another busy couple weeks here at the castle. Those who slither and crawl around this place begged me to take them to the reptile show last weekend and if there's one thing I've learned about those who slither and crawl around here it's to do what they want. So we all got in the car and went to the reptile show. I hadn't been to a show in a while because I normally work on the weekends and that's when the shows are. Last Saturday I had off so off to the reptile show we went.

The Reptile Show
Ashley and I arrived around noon and immediately upon entering the building (the Expo Hall at the Tampa Fairgrounds) were accosted by two different groups of people who haven't seen me in a while. Needless to say we talked for nearly forty minutes before Ashley and I were able to check out the show. If you've never been to a Reptile show (actually a Breeder's Convention) then by all means you should check one out. The amount of captive born reptiles being offered for sale is staggering. Every aisle is full of vendors offering their latest successes. There were several hundred species of frogs, lizards, turtles, snakes, salamanders, and even some baby Alligators available. There were even a few Tarantulas floating around. Prices ran from just a few dollars to over twenty thousand dollars and everything in between.

Some of my favorite things at the show were some of the strange-looking (bizarre is more like it) Leaf -Tailed Geckos of the genus Uroplates from Madagascar. Several species were available including U. phantasticus (also known as the Satan Gecko), U. lineatus, U. Henkelli, and U. ebenaui. I know what you're gonna say; It's all Greek to me, but it's actually latin. Many species are known by their latin (or scientific) names because some don't have regular common names. I also saw some nice piebald Ball Pythons which were real nice. These snakes are strange because they carry the regular pattern for the most part except for the huge patches of pure white on the body. At one time quite rare, piebalds are showing up with increases frequency though they are still very expensive, over four thousand dollars each. My favorite thing I saw was two large and five smaller Madagascan Sideneck Turtles. I've seen pictures before but never live animals. They are very rarely exported from the island. Their resemblance to the South American Sidenecks of the genus Podocnemis is uncanny. To an untrained eye they could easily pass as "Podies." They were really cool and are on my want list for sure.

I ended up buying a pair of African Fat-Tail Geckos (Hemitheconyx caudicinctus) and two Asian Leaf Turtles of two different species; C. dentata, and C. tceponensis. The two species often show up together in the same shipments and look very similar.

As I said; If you've never been to a Reptile Breeder's Expo do yourself a favor and go, and don't forget the family.

The Amityville Horror
Okay, the other day we went to the movie to see the re-make of "THE AMITYVILLE HORROR." It actually wasn't too bad of a movie. Though somewhat predictable the movie had it's moments. There were a few good scares, some nice make-up effects, and some good acting as well.

The story takes place after the murders of all the members of a family by one of the older kids. He saw his family as demons and killed them. He gets carted off to jail and a while later a new family moves into the house. Within a couple days things start happening to the new family as well. In fact, it appears to be a repeat of what happened before.

I won't spoil it for anyone, you'll just have to go see it. Raking in a cool 23.5 million, "THE AMITYVILLE HORROR" came in number one at the box office last week. I enjoyed this movie and give it "Three Screams" on the Creature Scale. Go see it, the ghosts of Amityville are waiting for "YOU."

Anyway, that's all for this week. I hope everybody has a Great Weekend!!! C-Ya!!!

The "Creature"  The Creature from Clearwater

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