A totally serious podcast about herpetology

by Mark D. Scherz, Gabriel Ugueto, and Ethan Kocak

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We’re funny, we promise.
And if not, we hope you learn something.
And if not, there are no refunds.

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Who the hell are these guys anyway?

Ethan is funny
Gabriel is talented
Mark is talkative
It’s a whole thing

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Wait, another herpetological podcast?

Yes! And it’s pretty GREAT! 

There are some pretty excellent herpetological podcasts out there, it’s true. Some similar podcasts even have a similar composition of artists to scientists. What do we bring that’s unique?


A few things we like to talk about

Okay okay, we’ve only released TWO episodes so far.
But we have a fair idea of what we want to make the podcast about.


Taxonomy is a huge part of herpetological research. It is complicated and multifaceted. We will talk about it probably a little more than anyone really wants.


No, NOT herpes. But rather, chytridiomycosis, snake fungal disease, ranavirus, and other plagues leading to dreadful declines in herpetofauna worldwide.


The pet trade is a major player in the business of herpetoculture. We will talk mostly about trends and bad habits, and how things would be better if we were in charge.


Evolution is a pretty big deal. From fossils to phylogenetics, we’ll talk about it all. Well, not all. But you know, enough.

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Here are nice things they have said about it

They know what they’re talking about, the banter adds to the already very interesting topics of discussion, and Mark’s puns are in my pun-loving opinion delectable. I recommend this podcast wholeheartedly to anyone who has any interest in amphibians and reptiles (minus birds, which as we know are really just flappy endothermic reptiles, but they have their own podcasts).


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Like all good podcasts, SquaMates has a fun mix of science, banter and discussion. It’s the perfect podcast to put on whilst completing other tasks where you will pick up a whole number of facts such as the taxonomic status of geckos or the correct pronunciation of ‘anolis’. There are many great science podcasts out there and even fewer Herpetological ones. SquaMates stands in a league of it’s own. Would certainly recommend!

Steven Allain

Herpetology Master’s Student @ Imperial College, London

I think it’s kind of ok.

Dr. Darren Naish

Paleontologist, co-host of the Tetrapod Zoology Podcast

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SquaMates Ep. 6: Return of the ‘Anoli’

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SquaMates Ep. 5: The Pythons Strike Back

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SquaMates Ep. 4: A Newt Hope

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Here are the nerds

The hosts of the show!

Mark D. Scherz


Ethan Kocak

New York Times Best-selling Illustrator

Gabriel Ugueto

Scientific Illustrator