Exploring ethical captive management of reptiles & amphibians through the lens of biological science, conservation, and human nature. The Animals at Home Network is a nature-based podcast network and is currently the home of several podcast programs: The Animals at Home Podcast hosted by Dillon Perron, Animals Everywhere hosted by Bryce Broom, Reptiles & Research Podcast hosted by Liam Sinclair and Ellie Hills, and Project Herpetoculture hosted by Phillip Lietz and Roy Arthur Blodgett. Each show on the network brings all members of the reptile community together to discuss breeding, reptile husbandry, scientific research, wildlife conservation, and more!
4: R&R The Small, Active & Social Snake That Keepers are Sleeping on | Francis Cosquieri
Francis Cosquieri is a UK keeper and breeder of niche and nerdy species. In particular the African sand snakes of the genus Psammophis. These are small, active, and diurnal. Not to mention social and co-habitable!
SHOW NOTES: https://www.animalsathomenetwork.com/4-francis-cosquieri/
AAH An Ayahuasca vision called her to the Jungle to find snakes | Amy Benzi
A few years ago, Amy Benzi had a powerful vision that drew her to two things, Amazon Basin Emerald Tree Boas (Corallus batesii) and the rainforest. Fast forward to the present, she has an incredible snake room including a large free range area, a rain chamber, live plants and ample enrichment all for her group of Corallus batesii and she has also been to the South American rainforest on several occasions with the specific goal of finding Corallus batesii in the wild and learning about their natural habitat in person. In the episode, Amy tells us the story of what drew her to the jungle, she walks us through her snake room and we discuss Emerald Tree Boa husbandry and the common mistakes many keepers make.
SHOW NOTES: https://www.animalsathomenetwork.com/135-amy-benzi/
AAH Is it Ethical to Keep Giant Reptile Species? | Dougie Smith
Is it ethical to keep large species of reptiles? Is it possible for a private keeper to properly keep reticulated pythons, Burmese pythons, and Asian water monitors? Dougie Smith is a keeper of large species of reptiles and in this episode, he discusses how he tends to these giants. Dougie explains the importance of offering ample space and how he builds large walk-in enclosures, tips for successfully keeping large species, and common mistakes that are made. We also cover how to follow a proper feeding regime, if large species should even be kept in private collections, and more!
SHOW NOTES: https://www.animalsathomenetwork.com/134-dougie-smith/
AAH Building an Underground American EEL PIT | Nick Tobler
What would happen if you converted an underground cistern into a giant aquarium for a group of American Eels (Anguilla rostrata)? Nick Tobler is a long-time fish and reptile keeper out of Kentucky, USA, and has recently gone viral on TikTok with videos showing him converting an old water cistern into a functioning "eel pit". In this episode, Nick discusses how he built the eel pit, his fascination with exploring underground caves, eel biology, and evolution, his future plans as well as the reptiles he currently keeps and breeds.
SHOW NOTES: https://www.animalsathomenetwork.com/133-eel-pit/
R&R Breeding Forest Dragons | Adam Trimmings
Adam Trimmings is a UK zookeeper and breeder of rare and expensive forest dragons such as Boyd's forest dragon (Lophosaurus boydii) and the Indonesian forest dragon (Lophosaurus dilophus). He also breeds Abronia, green tree pythons and blue tree monitors! In this episode we dive into their peculiar care requirements and discuss thermoregulation vs thermoconforming. We also cover the troubles with breeding some niche and nerdy species within the UK reptile hobby and the challenges that brings.
SHOW NOTES: https://www.animalsathomenetwork.com/3-adam-trimmings/
AAH Evacuating 100's of Reptiles During War | BION
Oleksii Marushchak is the Head of Research & Development at BION Terrarium Center in Kyiv, Ukraine. BION Center started in 1993 as a commercial import-export operation but has since pivoted its focus to captive breeding and prorogation with emphasis on rare and endangered species. In this episode, Oleksii discusses BION's philosophy, how they keep and breed their reptiles, and also their Responsible Herpetoculture initiative that aims to steer reptile-keeping in the right direction. We of course also discuss the heartbreaking events that have taken place in Kyiv this year and the damage and loss BION has suffered as a result. Oleksii leaves everyone with a simple call-to-action for how we can help!
SHOW NOTES: https://www.animalsathomenetwork.com/132-bion/
Even topics I thought would be boring for me like hermit crabs ended up being some of my favorite episodes. Has helped me up my care for my animals immensely! Great show!
The Joe Rogan of reptiles!
Best reptile podcast out there. Keep it coming!
I discovered this podcast recently and it has to be my favorite exotic animal podcast BY FAR! The guests are always interesting, and I have found myself listening to episodes about a topic I wouldn't normally seek out simply because they are all so informative. If you are in any way interested in reptiles, animal conservation, exotic animal education, etc. then you have found your show!