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    • 4.8 • 408 Ratings

Pick an animal.

    Caecilian

    Caecilian

    What's the Code of Hammurabi? If earthworms could write horror movies, what would the monster look like? Come learn about the limbless amphibian who eats their mother on this episode of Species.
    Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1N4CxfnqU4OobOIvPQPk7FWcLsZHqzPHOPY-rlT5c8YE/edit?usp=sharing

    • 21 min
    Naked Mole-Rat

    Naked Mole-Rat

    This creature brings a whole lot more than nudity to the table. These rats live like ants, and can live without almost anything. Come learn about one of the strangest animals on the planet on this episode of Species.
    Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/196o_CurSfPqdIRmm7Q1L_9YQ6LCSLU7wxMnFiOjyDLY/edit?usp=sharing

    • 33 min
    Cicada

    Cicada

    Why do periodical cicadas lie dormant for 17 years? What are they doing that whole time? And how do they know it's time to come up?
    My first children's book: https://neonsquidbooks.com/books/animal-sidekicks/
    Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_RGZZryFdAAgF17xDu2Kx-IrrPRgoix4Xx3iO-P_KwQ/edit?usp=sharing
     

    • 23 min
    Whip-poor-will

    Whip-poor-will

    Omen of death or benevolent being? Annoyance or lullaby? Come learn about the invisible bird that looks like an owl and hunts like a frog.
    Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-B4baVczEVG-ASmV9X05bZTFeFR32vgaFAy97c7irXw/edit?usp=sharing

    • 18 min
    Humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa

    Humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa

    Try saying that three times fast. Come learn all about the fish with the longest name, and a bit about nomenclature in general.
    Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rCa0QIyXMNlbGe9tJLtRxkr1f6FXfuLKH1-tccPBvmU/edit?usp=sharing
     

    • 18 min
    Flying Lemur

    Flying Lemur

    They aren't lemurs, they can't fly, but they're the greatest mammalian gliders on earth and they might be your cousin. 
    Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tYVDiQix_0cqwVwzGhDW7oS2QjyBR9V6TAJ7FCj_yiE/edit?usp=sharing
     

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
408 Ratings

408 Ratings

SidtheKid206 ,

The BEST!!!

Macken Murphy is a household name here. My son Shy and myself absolutely love listening and learning more and more about animals. Love you Macken and remember, be kind to animals!!! 🐝🐬🐪🦚🦨

DeeCapp ,

Brilliant and full of great info!

I’m an anthropology student at UC Santa Cruz and this is the podcast I’ve been looking for. It presents a holistic and 3D view of the animal so their value and importance is laid out. Animas have so much to teach us. I have loved every episode so far but was particularly surprised, delighted and fascinated by the Naked Mole-rat episode. At the end I was in love with this truly astonishing creature! I’m going to listen again and take notes. THANK YOU!

marvelmayhem88 ,

Amazing podcast!

Hi I’ve absolutely loved your podcast, and it had provided so much entertainment. I stopped listening for a while because of a glitch with podcasts, but I just started listening to the episodes I’ve missed. And for animal suggestions maybe the puffin or ferret? I’d love to see an episode on those.

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