Faced with a world that instinctually persecutes snakes, Dr. Jenkins talks with the foremost experts on snake biology and conservation. The discussions range widely including topics such as snake ecology, snakebites, and captive breeding. All of the conversations have the same goal, to help the listener increase their knowledge and leave behind any irrational fears of snakes.
Giant Tortoises with Rich Baxter
Rich Baxter is a Director of a new organization, the Indian Ocean Tortoise Alliance or IOTA. IOTA is focused on the conservation of Giant Tortoises in the Indian Ocean and is based in the Seychelles. Chris and Rich discuss Rich’s path to becoming a tortoise biologist, Global patterns in Giant Tortoise distribution, Ecology of Aldabra Tortoises, and IOTA. Listen in as both Chris and Rich tell stories of their experiences with these amazing animals.
Snakes of Africa with Dr. Bryan Maritz
Chris talks snakes with Dr. Bryan Maritz, who is a professor at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Bryan is deeply interested in natural history and has worked on many species across Africa. Chris and Bryan talk about global patterns in viper diversity, pythons, stiletto snake, and go in depth into the natural history of the Namaqua Dwarf Adder. Tune in to learn about the Snakes of Africa.
The Philosophical Hillbilly on the disconnect between Snakes and Nature
Johnny Carrol Sain is a writer, editor, and deep thinker of everything related to nature and rural culture. Johnny joins Dr. Jenkins to discuss the disconnect between culture and nature and then the even deeper disconnect between nature and snakes. They also discuss the importance of people having at least a base understanding of ecosystems and the interconnectedness of nature.
Herpmapper with Mike Pingleton and Don Becker
Herpmapper is a tool that allows users to record data on snakes they find in the field using an App on their phone. Herpmapper allows users to catalogue all of the data they collect overtime but more importantly links those data to wildlife management and conservation organizations. Chris talks with Mike and Don about the history, how to, and uses of Herpmapper as well as talking about snakes in the Midwest region they call home.
Pythons and Their Ability to Eat Large Prey with Dr. Daniel Natusch
Dr. Dan Natusch is a herpetologist, Director of Epic Biodiversity, and chairman of the IUCN Boa and Python Specialist Group. Dan joins Chris to discuss everything pythons from where you find them in the world, their biogeography in Australia, to the phenomenon of vary color morphs in young Green Tree Pythons. They also discuss an event that has been in the news where a python attempted to eat a person. Dan talks about this particular event as it was one of his study snakes that attempted to eat the woman. They also discuss what about a pythons head allows them to eat such large prey.
Serpent Handling with Julia Duin
Julia Duin is a journalist and writer who recently published a book on religious snake handlers titles, ‘In the House of the Serpent Handler’. As part of her research for the book Julia has spent extensive time in Appalachia at the churches and with the people in the serpent handling culture. Join Dr. Jenkins and Julia as they talk about religion, snake handling practices, and her book. They also go in depth on the National Geographic show Snake Salvation and the people featured in the show.
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