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If you have a passion for animals, then you are going to love the Animals at Home Podcast! This show brings all members of the animal community, from pet hobbyists to wildlife experts, together under one roof to discuss anything and everything animal related. Dillon Perron, the podcast’s host, is also the creator of the blog and YouTube Channel, Animals at Home. This podcast will discuss reptiles, mammals, fish, birds and everything in between with the topics ranging from breeding, pet husbandry, scientific research, wildlife conservation and more!

If you have a passion for animals, then you are going to love the Animals at Home Podcast! This show brings all members of the animal community, from pet hobbyists to wildlife experts, together under one roof to discuss anything and everything animal related. Dillon Perron, the podcast’s host, is also the creator of the blog and YouTube Channel, Animals at Home. This podcast will discuss reptiles, mammals, fish, birds and everything in between with the topics ranging from breeding, pet husbandry, scientific research, wildlife conservation and more!
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Canada

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If you have a passion for animals, then you are going to love the Animals at Home Podcast! This show brings all members of the animal community, from pet hobbyists to wildlife experts, together under one roof to discuss anything and everything animal related. Dillon Perron, the podcast’s host, is also the creator of the blog and YouTube Channel, Animals at Home. This podcast will discuss reptiles, mammals, fish, birds and everything in between with the topics ranging from breeding, pet husbandry, scientific research, wildlife conservation and more!

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English

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Episodes

31: Defending the Reptile Industry | Josh Jones PIJAC

9/13/2019
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Josh Jones is PIJAC's deputy director, government affairs and staff liaison to the Herp Committee. The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) is an organization that helps keep the pet industry healthy and functioning. Specifically, PIJAC focuses on animal welfare, responsible pet ownership, environmental stewardship and the protection of our right to own pets. In the episode, Josh and I discuss government legislation that impacts the reptile industry and how to communicate with...

Duration:01:09:58

30: Going Bio-Active with The BioDude | Josh Halter

8/29/2019
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Josh Halter is the owner and founder of The BioDude, a company that focuses on bio-activity in the reptile and amphibian hobby. In this episode, we cover the full range of bio-active questions starting with setting up your first bio-active vivarium to more advanced topics such as bio-active for snakes and arid climates. Josh also shares the story of his journey from closing his frog breeding company, Genesis to starting The BioDude. This interview reveals Josh's intense passion for the...

Duration:01:15:32

29: Replicating the Sun for Reptiles | Sam Perrett

8/16/2019
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In this episode, Sam Perrett goes into great detail about lighting and heating. These two related topics are often misunderstood and misused in the reptile hobby. Replicating the sun is an extraordinarily difficult task. However, almost every living thing on the planet uses the sun as an energy source, therefore, it is our duty to continue to advance the hobby towards better use of light and heat. Sam explains how to properly set up your lighting to achieve full-spectrum light, how to...

Duration:01:03:42

28: How to Start a Herp Society | Ryan McVeigh

8/1/2019
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Ryan McVeigh is the brand manager of Zilla, the popular reptile supply company. However, that is only one of the many hats Ryan wears within the reptile hobby. This episode is a must-listen if you are part of a herpetological society or are planning on founding one. Ryan explains what makes the herp society he founded (Madison Area Herp Society) one of the most successful herp societies in the country. He includes information on how to grow herp societies, how to communicate with lawmakers...

Duration:01:05:11

BONUS: I chat with a rude commenter...

7/25/2019
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In this bonus episode of The Animals at Home Podcast I chat with an individual who left a critical and rude comment on one of my videos. I reached out to her to see if we could work out our differences through verbal conversation rather than a keyboard war in the YouTube comments. SHOW NOTES: https://www.animalsathome.ca/bonus-rude-commenter/

Duration:00:37:48

27: Can You Train a Snake? | Reptelligence

7/19/2019
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Can snakes be trained? It is commonly believed that reptiles are not capable of complex learning or behavior. Peter Amelia is the Director of Training and Media at Reptelligence, an organization that promotes low-stress handling, husbandry, veterinary care, and housing for reptiles living in human care, with a focus on the use of behavioral and environmental enrichment and training through positive reinforcement. In the episode, Peter explains the techniques used to target train snakes as...

Duration:01:08:24

26: Leveling Up the Reptile Hobby | Forrest Fanning

7/4/2019
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The reptile industry should be in a consent state of evolution. This week Forrest Fanning and I discuss the current state of the reptile hobby including methods each individual hobbyist can use to level up the reptile industry. Reptek, Forrest's reptile company, features a wide variety of species including tree monitors, crocodile monitors, green tree pythons and abronia lizards. He also runs a rodent business, Cold Blooded Cafe. Forrest has derived an undeniable passion and purpose through...

Duration:01:07:41

25: Busting Reptile Care Folklore | ReptiFiles

6/21/2019
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Misinformation and folklore on the internet is a major issue within the reptile hobby. What information should you believe? Who should you trust? Mariah Healey is solving this problem with, ReptiFiles. ReptiFiles is a blog designed to promote proper reptile husbandry. Mariah has gone to extraordinary lengths in order to write and publish extremely thoroughly and informative care guides for reptiles commonly kept in the hobby. Her care guides are several pages long and include information...

Duration:01:02:47

24: Improving Your Reptile Care | John Courteney-Smith MRSB

6/7/2019
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John Courteney-Smith MRSB is the Head of Science and Innovation at Arcadia Reptile. He is also the author of 4 very popular reptile care books including a guide to MBD, Reptile and Amphibian Nutrition, Bio-Activity and the Theory of Wild Re-Creation and his latest book, Fire: The Sun, Its Use and Replication in Reptile Keeping. Both this conversation and John’s books have been a massive influence on my reptile-keeping philosophy and I found myself ultra-motivated to improve the quality of...

Duration:01:16:38

23: Invasive Reptiles in the Everglades | Jenna Cole

5/23/2019
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Jenna Cole is a Biologist working in Invasive Species Management in the Florida Everglades. There is a multitude of invasive reptile species in the Everglades and almost all can be attributed to the pet trade. Jenna discusses her research which focuses on the Argentine Black and White Tegu, an animal with a thriving invasive population in Florida. Jenna tells us about her dietary research, as well as her work on the tegu trap line. She answers the tough questions about the fate of her...

Duration:01:01:27

BONUS: Can Small Snakes Thrive in Large Cages?

5/18/2019
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In this episode, I discuss the method I used to introduce my young (and small) Jungle Carpet Python to his new and very large enclosure. I chat about the common myth we hear in the hobby: "small snakes fail to thrive in large enclosures due to stress." I discuss where I believe this myth stems from and how we can push the hobby away from myth-based care towards fact-based care. Of course, you can't discuss this myth without chatting about the ball python breeding craze, and tub/rack...

Duration:00:29:59

22: Life in Africa | Righteous Reptiles

5/10/2019
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Have you ever wondered what it is like to live in Africa? This episode we spoke with Bryce Broom of Righteous Reptiles. Bryce is a young, enthusiastic YouTuber with a passion for sharing footage of the native wildlife in his home country, South Africa. If you have ever wanted to travel to Africa… this episode will only add to your desire to visit this incredible continent. In the episode, we discuss Bryce’s reptile collection, his venomous snake handling experience, crocodile farms, the Big...

Duration:01:06:16

21: Custom Reptile Caging | CDE Cages

4/26/2019
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Today I chatted with Sarah Dunsmore, the co-owner of CDE Cages. CDE Cages is a small, family-owned cage manufacturing company out of Omaha, Nebraska. CDE Cages has been manufacturing animal cages since 1984 and they specialize in high-quality, hand made caging systems. CDE Cages offer open-air, lightweight, waterproof designs that are easily assembled. The cages can be completely customized for your animal's needs, they can really do almost anything! CDE Cages are commonly used for mammals,...

Duration:01:02:30

20: Running a Traveling Reptile Show Business | Crosstown Exotics

4/12/2019
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Crosstown Exotics is a reptile and bug show that travels throughout Chicagoland providing hands-on education entertainment and the owner, Colin Langenderfer joins me on this episode. Throughout the episode, we discuss Colin's extensive reptile collection, which includes an alligator, anacondas and a Caiman lizard, we chat about Crosstown Exotics business model including the pros and cons of operating an animal presentation business. Crosstown Exotics has also been involved in a multitude of...

Duration:01:04:48

19: Reptile Rehab & Curing Shedding Problems | Jordan Jones

3/29/2019
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Our guest for this episode is Jordan Jones aka @JJsReptileWorld on Instagram. Jordan is a Reptile Educator, Herpetologist & Rehabilitator and she is also the creator of ReptoRub, an all-natural de-shedding agent. In the episode, Jordan tells me about her experience working in vet/ rehabilitation centers, we place specific focus on some of the major problem areas of our hobby as well as chat about some potential solutions. Jordan also tells me the story of how and why she developed ReptoRub!...

Duration:00:56:44

18: Do Crows have Funerals? | Kaeli Swift, Ph.D.

3/15/2019
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Kaeli Swift, Ph.D. joins us today to discuss her research on a genus of bird you are certainly familiar with. The genus is Corvus and birds within this genus include, crows, ravens, rooks, and jackdaws. In the episode Dr. Swift tells us about her fascinating research on crow behavior, including how crows respond to dead crows, she explains the concept of “crow funerals”, as well as some of the more complex behavioral traits possessed by crows and ravens including, facial recognition,...

Duration:01:08:56

17: Steve Irwin's Legacy | Sterrin's Wild World

3/1/2019
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Sterrin Smalbrugge is a Dutch ecologist and herpetologist, you may recognize her social media handle @sterrinswildworld. After learning of the death of her hero Steve Irwin as a young child, Sterrin made a promise to Steve and to herself to pursue a life of wildlife conservation. Sterrin has worked in Ivory Coast studying the effects of climate change on crocodilian species, and she has also studied the relationship between habitat characteristics and diversity if reptiles in South...

Duration:00:59:19

16: Saving the Iguana you've Never Heard of | Renata Carlseen

2/15/2019
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This episode we are chatting with Renata Carlseen of Reptile Function. Renata specializes in Cyculra (Rock Iguanas) and Delicatissima (Lesser Antillean Iguana). Iguana delicatissima, in particular, is an endangered species with very low numbers in both the wild and captivity. Renata happens to be one of the only people in North America successfully breeding these animals. Successful captive breeding could be the key to keeping these animals on our planet. Delicatissima are a very unique...

Duration:01:04:58

15: Black Dragons, Virgin Births & Hybrids | Cory Aymar

1/31/2019
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This week our guest is Cory Aymar of Toothless Reptiles! Toothless Reptiles is a Varanus Salvator Water Monitor breeding operation in California specializing in Black Dragons i.e. melanistic water monitors. Cory is an incredibly intelligent and interesting individual and he proves that through his work. Toothless Reptiles is a passion-driven hobby and Cory is constantly pushing the envelope to discover new things. In the episode, we discuss Cory’s background in the hobby, and his past and...

Duration:01:12:38

14: Starting a Rainforest Conservancy From Scratch | Jana Bell

1/18/2019
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Jana Bell is the Founder of the Amazon Rainforest Conservancy (ARC). In 2011, Jana traveled to South America and for the first time, visited the Amazon Rainforest. Her life would forever be changed from this moment onward. Jana tells us the story of the why she felt compelled to start a rainforest conservation charity as well as the struggles experienced along the way. ARC currently has 3500 acres of land in Tambopata, Peru under their care. ARC’s mission is to protect and conserve the...

Duration:01:00:57