SquaMates Ep. 1: The Fishopod Menace

A totally serious herpetological podcast

SquaMates Ep. 1: The Fishopod Menace

It’s finally here! The first episode of SquaMates, the totally serious herpetology podcast, hosted by Mark D. Scherz, Gabriel Ugueto, and Ethan Kocak!

In this first episode, we introduce you to the show and its format, then cover all of herpetological history, and then discuss all reptiles and amphibians ever.

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2 Responses

  1. Graham Peter King says:

    So these Fishopods.. first they squam, then they squampered? Then some descendants squlambered up into the trees, and a few later took to the squavannah, eventually developing a squivilization..

  2. llewelly says:

    I was listening to episode 1 for about the (n^2)th time, and I realized I wasn’t entirely clear on the distinction between a call, and other noises an animal might make.

    For example, in episode 1, Gabriel says “… geckos are the only squamates that actually call …” This is about 79% of the way through, right after Ethan mentions that gecko and tokay are onomatopoeia.

    I thought of the noises king cobras make during threat display, and I thought, what, exactly, is meant by a call?

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