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A Podcast for the Love of Animals

Latest Episodes

Episode 42 – Rad Raccoons

CritterCast fans, we were super excited to bring this episode to you. Raccoons might just be the very definition of the word “critter” so they obviously have a very special place in our hearts. Everyone has an opinion of raccoons: major pest or adorable potential pet. BUT how much do you actually know about these mammals? In this hour long extravaganza we’re going to attempt to get through at least the basics of what raccoons are, why they have a complicated relationship with people, and why you should love and respect them. Plus we give a special shout out to the Cult of Domesticity podcast and make announcements about the Sacramento Reptile Show!

-1 s3 days ago
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Episode 42 – Rad Raccoons

Patreon Preview: Tahoe Tessie!

In this special preview of August’s patreon exclusive, we give you a look into the mysterious world of Tahoe Tessie (aka California’s very own Loch Ness Monster). Are you frightened? Fascinated? The least bit intrigued? You can listen to the full episode on Patreon by joining at the $2 tier or above. www.patreon.com/CritterCast

-1 s5 days ago
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Patreon Preview: Tahoe Tessie!

Episode 41: Blue Tongue Skinks (Tiliqua Scincoides Intermedia)

So we went to the San Jose Reptile Show and Cassie realized we had NEVER done an episode on Blue Tongue Skinks? How? How did we get 41 episodes into this podcast and never touch on one of our FAVORITE reptiles? This episode we remedy that and give you a quick peak into the world of the chillest, chonkiest of lizards. Though they may seem snake-like to the average onlooker, Blue Tongue Skinks are definitely lizards. Take that taxonomy! Sources: Lehigh Valley Zoo * Reptile Mountain Australia Zoo Cogger, H.G. (2000). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Reed New Holland Tiliqua, Reptile Database

-1 s2 weeks ago
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Episode 41: Blue Tongue Skinks (Tiliqua Scincoides Intermedia)

Episode 40: Hagfish…heckin cool!

Episode 40! Can you believe it? We sure can’t! This episode we’re discussing a….fish???? Maybe, maybe not. You’ll have to listen to find out. We picked this critter thanks to a suggestion from our friends at the Fish Nerds Podcast. And boy are we so glad that they suggested it! This weird and wacky critter is right in the wheelhouse of things we like to talk about. We battle with our old nemesis taxonomy as we try to figure out if hagfish (with their lack of vertebral columns) are actually fish at all. We also feature a promo from our friends at the STEM Fatale Podcast, so be sure to check them out if you love science and especially ladies in science!

-1 sAUG 19
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Episode 40: Hagfish…heckin cool!

EXCLUSIVE! Unicorn Preview!

We’re bringing you a little snippet of one of ourPatreon Exclusive episodes! Each month we release an episode about magical mythical creatures that is available to our Patreon Supporters at the Basil’s Buddy (aka $2) Tier or above. We thought you all might enjoy a little sneak preview of this episode which is already available in full to Patreon Supporters! If you love this episode and would like to hear the rest (and hear preview and future episodes about magical creatures), come join our Patreon family at: https://www.patreon.com/crittercast

-1 sAUG 18
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EXCLUSIVE! Unicorn Preview!

Episode 39: Not from Guinea, Not Really Pigs

Episode 39 is live! Sorry for the short delay in getting this episode out, but we promise it’s worth it!! This episode we’re talking about adorable little rodents known as Guinea Pigs. Their name is a complete and total misnomer, since they’re not from Guinea and they’re definitely not related to pigs at all. But they ARE absolutely adorable little superheroes, in many ways. Some of our facts are gross, some a little sad, but all of them are wacky, weird, and wonderful!

-1 sAUG 6
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Episode 39: Not from Guinea, Not Really Pigs

Episode 38: Handy, Heroic Horseshoe Crabs

It’s Episode 38! It’s here! We made a mistake in recording and mistakenly thought we were at Episode 39 already…but this episode is actually Episode 38. Now that we’ve got THAT figured out, it’s time to talk about horseshoe crabs! You may find it fascinating to know that these strange and pre-historic critters are not actually crabs at all. To find out what they’re more closely related to, and even more interesting facts tune in to this episode! Sources: * http://www.edc.uri.edu/restoration/html/gallery/invert/shoe.htm * https://www.stlzoo.org/visit/thingstoseeanddo/stingraysatcaribbeancove/horseshoecrabfacts * https://www.britannica.com/animal/horseshoe-crab * https://www.nwf.org/Educational-Resources/Wildlife-Guide/Invertebrates/Horseshoe-Crab * https://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/crustaceans/horseshoe-crabs/facts/ * https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/horseshoe-crab-blue-blood * https://marinebio.org/species/horseshoe-crabs/limulus-polyphemus/ * https://www.allaboutbir...

-1 sJUL 22
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Episode 38: Handy, Heroic Horseshoe Crabs

Episode 37: Meerkat Manor

In this episode of CritterCast, we’re dishing the scoop on the cutest and most murderous (?!?!) of small mammals…the meerkat! Though these furry friends are not part of the feline family, they’re as cute as kittens. Of course we discuss the ever-popular Animal Planet TV Show “Meerkat Manor” as well as all the facts (fun or otherwise) that make meerkats so freaking cool. Excuse our technical difficulties as we figure out how to conduct phone interviews in order to be able to record when we’re not in the same place as someone else. We think it went pretty well!

-1 sJUL 8
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Episode 37: Meerkat Manor

Episode 36: Arapaima (it’s a super big, super cool fish)!

Welcome back to CritterCast for Episode 36. If you’ve never heard of an Arapaima chances are you don’t watch Animal Planet or Discovery Channel because this mysterious fish is the only fish to ever elude host Jeremy Wade on River Monsters. Cassie was inspired to teach us all about this massively large and massively impressive fish because she thinks that giant fish are ultra cool, and after listening to Episode 36 we think you might agree! Give it a chance and let us know what you find most fascinating about Arapaimas! Sources: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/arapaima https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/arapaima/ https://www.britannica.com/animal/pirarucu Untamed Science – Five Facts about the Arapaima – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpEmGUZWsTs http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/river-monsters/fish-guide/arapaima-brazil/

-1 sJUN 24
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Episode 36: Arapaima (it’s a super big, super cool fish)!

Episode 35: Turkey Vultures do the least

We’re back for episode 35 and it’s time to take it back to the skies! What critter spends most of their life putting in minimum effort? Turkey Vultures, that’s who. In this episode we discuss why Turkey Vultures are the laziest, most relatable birds. Did you know they have the most disgusting but surprisingly effective defense mechanism? You will after you listen to this 1 hour long fact-stravaganza!

-1 sJUN 10
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Episode 35: Turkey Vultures do the least

Latest Episodes

Episode 42 – Rad Raccoons

CritterCast fans, we were super excited to bring this episode to you. Raccoons might just be the very definition of the word “critter” so they obviously have a very special place in our hearts. Everyone has an opinion of raccoons: major pest or adorable potential pet. BUT how much do you actually know about these mammals? In this hour long extravaganza we’re going to attempt to get through at least the basics of what raccoons are, why they have a complicated relationship with people, and why you should love and respect them. Plus we give a special shout out to the Cult of Domesticity podcast and make announcements about the Sacramento Reptile Show!

-1 s3 days ago
Comments
Episode 42 – Rad Raccoons

Patreon Preview: Tahoe Tessie!

In this special preview of August’s patreon exclusive, we give you a look into the mysterious world of Tahoe Tessie (aka California’s very own Loch Ness Monster). Are you frightened? Fascinated? The least bit intrigued? You can listen to the full episode on Patreon by joining at the $2 tier or above. www.patreon.com/CritterCast

-1 s5 days ago
Comments
Patreon Preview: Tahoe Tessie!

Episode 41: Blue Tongue Skinks (Tiliqua Scincoides Intermedia)

So we went to the San Jose Reptile Show and Cassie realized we had NEVER done an episode on Blue Tongue Skinks? How? How did we get 41 episodes into this podcast and never touch on one of our FAVORITE reptiles? This episode we remedy that and give you a quick peak into the world of the chillest, chonkiest of lizards. Though they may seem snake-like to the average onlooker, Blue Tongue Skinks are definitely lizards. Take that taxonomy! Sources: Lehigh Valley Zoo * Reptile Mountain Australia Zoo Cogger, H.G. (2000). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Reed New Holland Tiliqua, Reptile Database

-1 s2 weeks ago
Comments
Episode 41: Blue Tongue Skinks (Tiliqua Scincoides Intermedia)

Episode 40: Hagfish…heckin cool!

Episode 40! Can you believe it? We sure can’t! This episode we’re discussing a….fish???? Maybe, maybe not. You’ll have to listen to find out. We picked this critter thanks to a suggestion from our friends at the Fish Nerds Podcast. And boy are we so glad that they suggested it! This weird and wacky critter is right in the wheelhouse of things we like to talk about. We battle with our old nemesis taxonomy as we try to figure out if hagfish (with their lack of vertebral columns) are actually fish at all. We also feature a promo from our friends at the STEM Fatale Podcast, so be sure to check them out if you love science and especially ladies in science!

-1 sAUG 19
Comments
Episode 40: Hagfish…heckin cool!

EXCLUSIVE! Unicorn Preview!

We’re bringing you a little snippet of one of ourPatreon Exclusive episodes! Each month we release an episode about magical mythical creatures that is available to our Patreon Supporters at the Basil’s Buddy (aka $2) Tier or above. We thought you all might enjoy a little sneak preview of this episode which is already available in full to Patreon Supporters! If you love this episode and would like to hear the rest (and hear preview and future episodes about magical creatures), come join our Patreon family at: https://www.patreon.com/crittercast

-1 sAUG 18
Comments
EXCLUSIVE! Unicorn Preview!

Episode 39: Not from Guinea, Not Really Pigs

Episode 39 is live! Sorry for the short delay in getting this episode out, but we promise it’s worth it!! This episode we’re talking about adorable little rodents known as Guinea Pigs. Their name is a complete and total misnomer, since they’re not from Guinea and they’re definitely not related to pigs at all. But they ARE absolutely adorable little superheroes, in many ways. Some of our facts are gross, some a little sad, but all of them are wacky, weird, and wonderful!

-1 sAUG 6
Comments
Episode 39: Not from Guinea, Not Really Pigs

Episode 38: Handy, Heroic Horseshoe Crabs

It’s Episode 38! It’s here! We made a mistake in recording and mistakenly thought we were at Episode 39 already…but this episode is actually Episode 38. Now that we’ve got THAT figured out, it’s time to talk about horseshoe crabs! You may find it fascinating to know that these strange and pre-historic critters are not actually crabs at all. To find out what they’re more closely related to, and even more interesting facts tune in to this episode! Sources: * http://www.edc.uri.edu/restoration/html/gallery/invert/shoe.htm * https://www.stlzoo.org/visit/thingstoseeanddo/stingraysatcaribbeancove/horseshoecrabfacts * https://www.britannica.com/animal/horseshoe-crab * https://www.nwf.org/Educational-Resources/Wildlife-Guide/Invertebrates/Horseshoe-Crab * https://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/crustaceans/horseshoe-crabs/facts/ * https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/horseshoe-crab-blue-blood * https://marinebio.org/species/horseshoe-crabs/limulus-polyphemus/ * https://www.allaboutbir...

-1 sJUL 22
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Episode 38: Handy, Heroic Horseshoe Crabs

Episode 37: Meerkat Manor

In this episode of CritterCast, we’re dishing the scoop on the cutest and most murderous (?!?!) of small mammals…the meerkat! Though these furry friends are not part of the feline family, they’re as cute as kittens. Of course we discuss the ever-popular Animal Planet TV Show “Meerkat Manor” as well as all the facts (fun or otherwise) that make meerkats so freaking cool. Excuse our technical difficulties as we figure out how to conduct phone interviews in order to be able to record when we’re not in the same place as someone else. We think it went pretty well!

-1 sJUL 8
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Episode 37: Meerkat Manor

Episode 36: Arapaima (it’s a super big, super cool fish)!

Welcome back to CritterCast for Episode 36. If you’ve never heard of an Arapaima chances are you don’t watch Animal Planet or Discovery Channel because this mysterious fish is the only fish to ever elude host Jeremy Wade on River Monsters. Cassie was inspired to teach us all about this massively large and massively impressive fish because she thinks that giant fish are ultra cool, and after listening to Episode 36 we think you might agree! Give it a chance and let us know what you find most fascinating about Arapaimas! Sources: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/arapaima https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/arapaima/ https://www.britannica.com/animal/pirarucu Untamed Science – Five Facts about the Arapaima – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpEmGUZWsTs http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/river-monsters/fish-guide/arapaima-brazil/

-1 sJUN 24
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Episode 36: Arapaima (it’s a super big, super cool fish)!

Episode 35: Turkey Vultures do the least

We’re back for episode 35 and it’s time to take it back to the skies! What critter spends most of their life putting in minimum effort? Turkey Vultures, that’s who. In this episode we discuss why Turkey Vultures are the laziest, most relatable birds. Did you know they have the most disgusting but surprisingly effective defense mechanism? You will after you listen to this 1 hour long fact-stravaganza!

-1 sJUN 10
Comments
Episode 35: Turkey Vultures do the least