97 episodes

Herpetology podcast - interviews and discussions about amphibians and reptiles with experts in the field. Hosted by Mike Pingleton, with new episodes released every week.



somuchpingle@gmail.com

So Much Pingle Mike Pingleton

    • Science
    • 4.8 • 57 Ratings

Herpetology podcast - interviews and discussions about amphibians and reptiles with experts in the field. Hosted by Mike Pingleton, with new episodes released every week.



somuchpingle@gmail.com

    Episode 97: Dr. Emily Taylor: Cali Snakes & Rattle Cams

    Episode 97: Dr. Emily Taylor: Cali Snakes & Rattle Cams

    Hello everyone and welcome to Episode Ninety Seven!  And while we’re at it, I hope you all remain safe and healthy out there.



    I just got back from a great herping trip to Suriname.  You may remember my conversation with Dick and Lieke back in episode 79 and it was fun to go visit and see how they operate herp tours there, and the answer is they do very well.  I was with a small group and we saw a lot of fabulous herps.  At any rate I am back home for just a few days, allowing me to get this time sensitive episode assembled and in your ears, so to speak.  I return to Peru in just a few days to assist Josh Holbrook with his tropical ecology class, so the next episode will come out in early June.



    SMP Patrons! I want to thank James Burnham for his contribution to the So Much Pingle podcast, via Patreon. Much appreciated, James, thank you so much.  And as always, I am grateful to all the show’s patrons who help to keep the show moving forward. And if you’re out there listening and you would like to kick in a few bucks, it’s easy to do, you simply go to the So Much Pingle Patreon page. You can support the show for as little as three bucks a month – less than a fancy cup of coffee! You can also support the show via one-time contributions via PayPal or Venmo (please contact me via email to somuchpingle@gmail.com).



    Oh yeah. If you’ve been with the show from the early days or you’ve worked through the back catalog of episodes, you may recall me talking with Dr. Emily Taylor way back in Episode 12.  Well Emily is back with some exciting topics and it’s always a pleasure to talk with her and catch some of that vibrant energy she has. And below are some links for books and cams and papers:



    Order link for the California Snakes book and other merchandise



    Project Rattlecam website, and Project Rattlecam on YouTube



    Link to Savannah Weaver and colleague's paper on Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizards. Open access.



    Link to paper "Effects of relational and instrumental messaging on human perception of rattlesnakes" Open access



    Thanks for listening everyone! And as always, please keep the comments and suggestions coming, and please take time to rate the show on your podcast platform! The show email is somuchpingle@gmail.com, and there’s also a So Much Pingle group on Facebook, for discussion, comments, feedback, suggestions, herp confessions, tips for herping better, etc.



    -Mike



     

    • 44 min
    Episode 96: Origin Stories VIII with Dane, Lucas & Brady

    Episode 96: Origin Stories VIII with Dane, Lucas & Brady

    Hello everyone and welcome to Episode Ninety Six!  And while we’re at it, I hope you all remain safe and healthy out there. It’s the last Sunday in April which means that this is the last episode in Season Four – we start Season Five on the first of May and I should have a show out around the middle of May, after I return from a trip to Suriname.



    And as always, I am grateful to all the show’s patrons who help to keep the show moving forward. And if you’re out there listening and you would like to kick in a few bucks, it’s easy to do, you simply go to the So Much Pingle Patreon page. You can support the show for as little as three bucks a month – less than a fancy cup of coffee! You can also support the show via one-time contributions via PayPal or Venmo (please contact me via email to somuchpingle@gmail.com).



    HERPETOLOGY CAMP FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS!  Don't forget, Professor Josh Holbrook will be hosting another herpetology camp this year at Montreat College in North Carolina, The first week will be held June 23-28, 2024, and an extension will be held June 16-21, 2024 (the week before). For more information, see the Herpetology Camp link at www.montreat.edu/compass  



    This episode is the last set of origin stories that I recorded on my second Peru trip in February of this year.  Starting us off is a conversation with Dane Conley, followed by a tag-team interview with Lucas Dunn and Brady McGowan.  Thanks guys!  It was good to talk with you all!



    Thanks for listening everyone! And as always, please keep the comments and suggestions coming, and please take time to rate the show on your podcast platform! The show email is somuchpingle@gmail.com, and there’s also a So Much Pingle group on Facebook, for discussion, comments, feedback, suggestions, herp confessions, tips for herping better, etc.



    -Mike

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 95: Massasaugas with Dr. Mike Dreslik

    Episode 95: Massasaugas with Dr. Mike Dreslik

    Hello everyone and welcome to Episode Ninety Five!  And while we’re at it, I hope you all remain safe and healthy out there.



    SMP Patrons! I want to thank a couple of new Patreoners! – Derek Gillespie and Paul Duren, thank you both so much for supporting the show!  Much appreciated!  And as always, I am grateful to all the show’s patrons who help to keep the show moving forward. And if you’re out there listening and you would like to kick in a few bucks, it’s easy to do, you simply go to the So Much Pingle Patreon page. You can support the show for as little as three bucks a month – less than a fancy cup of coffee! You can also support the show via one-time contributions via PayPal or Venmo (please contact me via email to somuchpingle@gmail.com).



    Well, if you’re a fan of the longer episodes then you are in luck – this one was a bit of a challenge, with 13 individual recordings to stitch together, and all recorded in the field to boot.  In late March I spent a long day in the field with Dr. Michael Dreslik, or Drez as folks call him, and his field team, doing field surveys for Massasaugas here in my home state of Illinois.  Mike has been studying saugas for a quarter century now, and it seemed like a good time to check in with him.



    Lots of parts to this episode – there’s an interview with Mike to start off, and then we go out in the field to look for massasaugas.  I also talked briefly with everyone on Drez’s survey team, and these little vignettes are scattered throughout the episode.  I briefly touch base with Mike near the end, and then the last is a chat with Xander Perelman,  who is Mike’s PhD candidate, where we talk about some of the other interesting projects that he is working on with saugas and pygmy rattlers, as part of his PhD work.  Oh yeah and Xander provides a lot of narrative during the field recordings, doing a lot of explaining, and I thank him for that.



    I want to thank Dr. Michael Dreslik for talking with me and letting me hang out and help look for those hard-to-spot massasaugas.  Let’s not forget all of the folks on the survey team – Emily Ash, Matt Parry, Joey Cannizzaro, Nick Dunham, Tony Easton, Claire Dietrich, and Xander Perelman.



    Thanks for listening everyone! And as always, please keep the comments and suggestions coming, and please take time to rate the show on your podcast platform! The show email is somuchpingle@gmail.com, and there’s also a So Much Pingle group on Facebook, for discussion, comments, feedback, suggestions, herp confessions, tips for herping better, etc.



    -Mike

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode 94: Herp Science Sunday: Dr. Alex Krohn & Dr. Harry Greene

    Episode 94: Herp Science Sunday: Dr. Alex Krohn & Dr. Harry Greene

    Hello everyone and welcome to Episode Ninety Four!  And while we’re at it, I hope you all remain safe and healthy out there.



    SMP Patrons! I want to thank a couple of folks for their support - Clint Guadiana, for his contribution via Patreon, and Dave Weber, who made another one-time contribution via PayPal.  Thank you Clint and Dave! And as always, I am grateful to all the show’s patrons who help to keep the show moving forward. And if you’re out there listening and you would like to kick in a few bucks, it’s easy to do, you simply go to the So Much Pingle Patreon page. You can support the show for as little as three bucks a month – less than a fancy cup of coffee! You can also support the show via one-time contributions via PayPal or Venmo (please contact me via email to somuchpingle@gmail.com).



    Here we go with the eighth installment of Herp Science Sunday with Dr. Alex Krohn.   I’ve really enjoyed doing these shows with Alex, and this one was no exception - a conversation with Dr. Harry Greene on a variety of subjects including Pleistocene rewilding, Bolson Tortoises, a breakdown of serpent prey items, and much, much more.  Harry is a deep thinker and don't be surprised if you find yourself thinking deeply about some of the topics we discuss!



    Thanks for listening everyone! And as always, please keep the comments and suggestions coming, and please take time to rate the show on your podcast platform! The show email is somuchpingle@gmail.com, and there’s also a So Much Pingle group on Facebook, for discussion, comments, feedback, suggestions, herp confessions, tips for herping better, etc.



    -Mike



     



     

    • 46 min
    Episode 93: Origin Stories VII with Justin, Greyson, and Kris

    Episode 93: Origin Stories VII with Justin, Greyson, and Kris

    Hello everyone and welcome to Episode Ninety Three!  And while we’re at it, I hope you all remain safe and healthy out there, and happy Ground Hog Day!



    SMP Patrons! I want to thank Justin Coburn for his contribution to the So Much Pingle podcast, via Patreon. Much appreciated, Justin, thank you so much.  And as always, I am grateful to all the show’s patrons who help to keep the show moving forward. And if you’re out there listening and you would like to kick in a few bucks, it’s easy to do, you simply go to the So Much Pingle Patreon page. You can support the show for as little as three bucks a month – less than a fancy cup of coffee! You can also support the show via one-time contributions via PayPal or Venmo (please contact me via email to somuchpingle@gmail.com).



    Well here we go with another Origin stories episode, recorded just a few weeks ago in Peru.  Most of you know the drill – I sit down on the back deck of my tambo, and have a chat with folks when there’s a little downtime.  And on this occasion, a rainy morning provided me with a captive audience, although we had to slap some mosquitos during the sessions.  This is a three-part origin story, featuring Justin Coburn, Greyson Getty, and Kris Haas.



    Thanks for listening everyone! And as always, please keep the comments and suggestions coming, and please take time to rate the show on your podcast platform! The show email is somuchpingle@gmail.com, and there’s also a So Much Pingle group on Facebook, for discussion, comments, feedback, suggestions, herp confessions, tips for herping better, etc.



    -Mike



     



     

    • 2 hr 29 min
    Episode 92: Flipping Tin

    Episode 92: Flipping Tin

    Hello everyone and welcome to Episode Ninety Two!  And while we’re at it, I hope you all remain safe and healthy out there. I want to wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous New Year, and let there be peace for everyone in the days ahead.



    And as always, I am grateful to all the show’s patrons who help to keep the show moving forward. And if you’re out there listening and you would like to kick in a few bucks, it’s easy to do, you simply go to the So Much Pingle Patreon page. You can support the show for as little as three bucks a month – less than a fancy cup of coffee! You can also support the show via one-time contributions via PayPal or Venmo (please contact me via email to somuchpingle@gmail.com).



    This episode comes out of a herping trip I made to south Texas earlier this year.  I almost always pack along my field recording kit, and I wasn’t very far along into that trip when I could see the shape of an episode in my mind.  On the last night before heading home, I sat down with Erik McCormick, Kyle Elmore, and Clint Guadiana to record.  Listening in post-production I could hear how tired I was – definitely not at the top of my game but it is what it is.  Before we get to it I want to give a shout-out to John Edward, Isaac Smith, Braden Alexander, and Tim Burkhardt, I really enjoyed hanging out and herping with y’all down in Texas.



    Kyle's YouTube Channel is Pop Milk!



    Clint's YouTube channel is Much Ado About Herping



    Thanks for coming on the show, Hans, it was a great pleasure to talk with you!  And thanks for listening everyone! And as always, please keep the comments and suggestions coming, and please take time to rate the show on your podcast platform! The show email is somuchpingle@gmail.com, and there’s also a So Much Pingle group on Facebook, for discussion, comments, feedback, suggestions, herp confessions, tips for herping better, etc.



    -Mike



     

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

jgrenshaw13 ,

Fantastic podcast and wonderful production

I’m only one episode in, but I truly appreciate the content and production style. A lot of podcasts have so much glitz and glam and no content and others struggle with technical issues to make a listenable show. This one is perfect. As a new herper, I’m going to be busy listening for some time!

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A must listen for herpers

One of my favorite shows out there, Mike keeps the listener excited with facts and interesting stories!

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