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First Aired - 01/27/2014 06:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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Robert Sousa's career all started at the age of 14 when he rescued a friend's unwanted pet- a Corn snake. That's when he began building his collection of exotics. At one time, he maintained and cared for a collection of more than 500 animals. That experience led to Robert serving as Vice President of the (now inactive) New York Herpetological Society. For just under a decade, Robert worked with them, breeding and selling his reptiles and working with the Center for Animal Care & Control Exotics Adoption Program in NYC. Throughout his career, Robert has also taught reptile awareness through seminars to NYC public school children, Boy Scouts, and other similar organizations.Currently, Robert's focus is working with a network of people that are striving to maintain regional variants of snakes from around the country as habitats continue to be replaced by housing and strip malls. Tune in to hear how reptiles differ from domestic animals in terms of their relationships with their owners. Hear some of Robert's wild snake and reptile rescue stories, and why so many reptiles are abandoned by their owners. Are reptiles good pets for children? Learn what environments are appropriate for snakes, and why snakes don't need exercise in the way that mammals do. Why doesn't Robert believe that turtles make good pets? Find out all of this and more on this week's edition of Animal Instinct! Thanks to our sponsor, Cain Vineyard & Winery. Music by Jack Inslee.

"It wasn't until the 60s that we tried to keep reptiles as pets and have them reproduce in captivity. Until that point, they were only kept for scientific research." [10:20]

"Reptile muscles don't atrophy in the way that mammals' do. They can sit motionless for weeks with no negative effect." [18:10]

-- Robert Sousa on Animal Instinct

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First Aired - 02/23/2012 02:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on We Dig Plants, Carmen DeVito sits down and chats with Margaret Roach, former editorial director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia turned organic gardener. Listen in and hear how she left her successful live in NYC behind to find peace in the garden. Learn more about Margaret's inspiring story and hear how plants taught her to let go and why there's no such thing as "enough". This program was sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons.

"With things that you treasure, whether it's a person, a thing or plant, somethings you can hold it a little too close and and suffocate it. Plants taught me a good lesson about too close, too tight behavior."

"I had the illusion for many years that the concept of "enough" was a tangible thing."

--Margaret Roach on We Dig Plants

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First Aired - 07/12/2010 12:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on The Naturalist Bernie spoke about fireflies, one of the more bizarre yet lovable creatures of the night sky (did you know they have toxic flesh?). Bernie also talks about Giant Water Beetles or "toe biters" who eat the liquefied remains of their prey, and are also themselves eaten by humans in some countries. It's always an interesting and wacky time on The Naturalist! This episode was sponsored by Acme smoked fish: a mainstay in New York’s culinary landscape for over 55 years.

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