Exploring ethical captive management of reptiles & amphibians through the lens of biological science, conservation, and human nature. The Animals at Home Network is a herpetoculture-based podcast network that hosts: Animals at Home Podcast by Dillon Perron, Project Herpetoculture by Phillip Lietz and Roy Arthur Blodgett, Reptiles & Research Podcast by Liam Sinclair and Ellie Hills, and Animals Everywhere by Bryce Broom. Each show on the network brings all members of the reptile community together to discuss reptile husbandry, scientific research, breeding, wildlife conservation, and more!
Deanna Narveson is a reptile keeper out of Louisiana and in this episode, we discuss the human side of reptile-keeping. We discuss the challenges of navigating new friendships and relationships as someone who keeps reptiles and how to deal with the rejection that it may generate. Deanna gives some great dating advice for reptile keepers and we also discuss the importance of establishing good relationships with other members of the herpetoculture community.
0:00 Coming Up
2:05 Welcome Deanna & Background
10:28 Reptile Keeping Can be Isolating
18:20 Dating as a Reptile Keeper
25:42 Helping People Get Over Their Fear
32:23 Quick Message from Dillon
35:54 Giving Your Animals ”Character” & Your Geeky-Self
43:07 Making Friends Within Our Community
57:03 Closing Thoughts
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Matt Summerville and Kristy Jensen are the creators of the YouTube Channel, The Natural Herp Keeper. Both Matt and Kristy are experienced Zoo Keepers and bring their knowledge of creating natural habitats in a public zoo to their private collection. In the episode, we discuss how to create realistic mock rock walls, tips for achieving realistic arid substrate, the importance of using the natural world as a guide & much more!