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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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2047977596


Episodes

23: Invasive Reptiles in the Everglades

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

13: Working with Venomous Snakes | Kristen Wiley

1/3/2019
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This week we are talking venom with the Director of the Kentucky Reptile Zoo, Kristen Wiley! The Kentucky Reptile Zoo is owned and operation by Kristen and her husband, Jim Harrison, and is home to one of the largest venomous reptile collections in North America. In the episode, Kristen discusses a day in the life at the zoo including the daily maintenance and extractions of the venomous snakes. We also discuss what the extracted venom is used for, keeping venomous animals in the private...

Duration:00:49:59

12: Fastest Growing Reptile YouTube Channel in History? | Snake Discovery

12/21/2018
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On this episode, Dillon interviews the star of most Snake Discovery videos, Emily. During the interview, Emily tells Dillon, the host, that the channel has completely taken on a life of its own, and its current state is not at all what the original intentions for the channel were. On the podcast, Dillon and Emily also discussed some major issues currently plaguing the hobby. Mainly industrialized breeding and poor husbandry. Emily addresses the problem by sharing their future plans for Snake...

Duration:01:04:20

11: The Red-eared Slider Problem | Marc Ouellette

12/7/2018
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Marc Ouellette is the founder of Little Res Q, a reptile rescue based out of Ontario, Canada. Little Res Q specializes in Red-eared slider turtles. In the episode, Marc and I discuss the basics of Red-eared slider care, why they make such great pets and also a few of the biggest mistakes new owners make. Red-eared sliders are one of the worst invasive species the reptile hobby is currently having to deal with. Pet turtles are commonly released into the wild and have a devastating impact on...

Duration:00:46:47

10: Do Iguanas Make Good Pets? | Robin Small

11/22/2018
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Robin Small is the human behind the Instagram account and blog: Ontario Iguanas. In the episode, we discuss Robin's iguana collection, the basics of iguana care as well as some of the biggest mistakes new owners make. Robin's goal with her content is to "Provide a safe and non-judgmental place for people to get any help they may need for their lizard as well as find all the supplies they need to care for their reptilian family members." Over the past few years, Robin has provided online...

Duration:01:00:34

9: Fish Saved My Life- The king of DIY | Joey Mullen

11/9/2018
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Joey Mullen, aka The king of DIY has joined me for today’s episode! Joey’s life was in a dark place when the fish hobby inspired him to make a drastic, but positive change. In the podcast, we discuss exactly how something like that can occur. In particular, we discuss the responsibility that comes with owning a pet and how important that can be for an individual, especially for an individual who has found themselves on a negative life path. Joey also shares with us the history of his...

Duration:01:11:49

8: Enrichment for Reptiles & My Opinion of Brian Barczyk

10/26/2018
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Today's episode is all about environmental enrichment for your reptiles! In the episode I layout the thought process I used when trying to determine if the statement below is true or false. Reptiles require environmental enrichment in order to reach a maximum level of health in captivity. It is our duty as owners to provide that. In the episode, I share plenty of academic sources which support the claim n the above statement. My hope is that after you have listened to this episode you will...

Duration:01:07:42

7: Life as a Herpetologist | Dr. Jen Moore

10/12/2018
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Today, Dr. Jen Moore also known as @DrReptilia on Twitter joined me for a chat! Dr. Moore is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at Grand Valley University in Michigan. The majority of Dr. Moore's research focuses on the conservation of both reptile and amphibian species. During the episode, Dr. Moore told us about her research in New Zealand studying Tuatara, her study of Lava lizards in the Galapagos islands and much more! SHOW NOTES:...

Duration:00:59:17

6: Overcoming a Fear of Insects | Nancy Miorelli

9/28/2018
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Today's episode is with Nancy Miorelli, also known as "SciBugs" on social media. Nancy is an entomologist living in Ecuador and possesses a truly inspirational passion for insects! In the episode we discuss, insect phobia and where it comes from, tarantulas and other pet trade insects, and Nancy tells me some really mind-blowing insects facts! Show Notes: https://www.animalsathome.ca/4-scibugs/

Duration:01:02:29

5: Strict Rules for Keeping Reptiles in Australia | Kyle Chalmers

9/13/2018
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Olympic gold medalist and reptile enthusiast, Kyle Chalmers joined me on the podcast today! Kyle runs the Instagram account @KC_Critters, which showcases daily pictures of his large reptile collection. During our chat, Kyle tells me about his blue tongue skink breeding operation, Australian pet bylaws, and his trip to a Japanese reptile cafe. SHOW NOTES: https://www.animalsathome.ca/5-kc-critters/

Duration:00:42:35