“…and today we’re talking about an animal that has adapted to a legless lifestyle in an arid region. But more on that later.” Cursed to crawl on their bellies, snakes have taken to the limbless life with seemingly listless languid movement. But these apparently listless articulations of their sinuous bodies, are done with great intention. Snakes are able to slither almost everywhere. Without claws, legs, or arms that can climb trees, slide across the ground, and some can even glide on the air. But the horned viper is posed with a particular challenge in the form of soft shifting sand. But laudable locomotion is an interesting way a serpent can make its way through Life, Death, and Taxonomy.  (more…) “Episode 144 – Horned Viper: The Vied Viper”
“…and today we’re talking about a mysterious organic, deep-diving submarine. But more on that later.” Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, there sits an alien monster fish that stares up straight through its own skull to spy prey: the barreleye. How does it do this? By being one of the weirdest creatures alive, even for deep-sea animals—and that’s saying something! But looking strange is just a fortunate side effect of being an empty-headed harbinger of jellyfish death from below here in LDT. (more…) “Episode 143 – Barreleye: The Spookiest Fish”
“…And today we’re talking about an arthropod that might be right at home on English dining table next to a bottle of brown sauce. But more on that later…” The desert is home to some strange creatures with some even stranger adaptation. Few phyla find as much success in arid climates like arthropods, which develop an arsenal of deadly defense mechanisms. But one armored titan is unique even among his bug and spider kin. While they may choose the paths of speed and venom, our hero chooses to ooze to gain an edge. But sometimes a strange liquid is the perfect way to safeguard Life, Death, and Taxonomy. (more…) “Episode 142 – Vinegaroon: A Real Whippersnapper”
“…and today we’re talking about a bug of very many names. But more on that right now.” You might think that gills are just for ocean dwellers, and you’d be wrong. For the terrestrial woodlouse or roly-poly, using gills is as easy as breathing. But how and why does it have gills? It’s all a part of its unique classification as a crustacean rather than an insect–and it involves staying as damp as possible. But keeping it moist is how this isopod of many names survives here in LDT. (more…) “Episode 141 – Woodlouse: The Pill Bug is No Bug”
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Creator Details

Birthdate
Apr 15th, 1991
Episode Count
147
Podcast Count
1
Total Airtime
3 days, 5 hours
PCID
Podchaser Creator ID logo 041131