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A special Christmas episode celebrating an iconic seasonal bird, the robin.Presented by Collie Ennis and Colette Kinsella.Produced by Colette Kinsella for Red Hare Media.The Warren:The Critter Shed is a founding member of https://www.thewarren.ie/ podcast network.The Warren is a collection of some of the most innovative podcasts in Ireland, all of …
 
Meet Sindbad the Stowaway, Collie's newest housemate. And we have an update on Sam the Fox from Trinity College Dublin.Click here for more information on the Kildare Animal Wildlife Unit: https://www.facebook.com/Wildlifeunitkildare/Don't forget to hit us up on our various channels with questions, queries or things you'd like us to get nerdy about:…
 
Holly English watched a wildlife documentary when she was 10 and it changed her life. The documentary was about the beautiful and enigmatic African wild dogs and now she studies them for a living. This episode is an ode to African wild dogs. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TheCritterShedDUB/ TWITTER: @crittershedpod EMAIL: crittershed@gmail.com …
 
There's a Nintendo Switch video game doing the rounds now that is basically Collie's life in digital: Animal Crossing.Podcaster and writer Rosemary Mac Cabe and producer Liam Geraghty are both big fans of the game, and they take us to their digital islands and introduce us to the animals they meet there. We also visit the natural history museum and…
 
Isn't nature sounding amazing at the moment? Now that many of us are in lockdown, and there are fewer noisy machines on the road on in the air, we can actually hear nature more clearly than ever.Collie and Colette listen in to the nature sounds collected and sent in by listeners from around the world, and it's a treat. See acast.com/privacy for pri…
 
From the book "African Folk Tales" by Hugh Vernon-Jackson and Illustrated by Yuko Green I read the short story of "The Contest between Fire and Rain". Fire and Rain have both been promised the hand of the princess only a contest can determine who will truly get to marry her. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podca…
 
Like zombie movies? Then you'll love this episode because we examine the darker side of the mating season... and it gets very dark...Further reading:Here's a great read from The Guardian.Don't forget to hit us up on our various channels with questions, queries or things you'd like us to get nerdy about:FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TheCritterS…
 
In these socially distant times of ours, we have a special episode dedicated to an underrated amphibian: the cane toad!We dispel myths like: "they're Australian, aren't they?" Er, no.Or "they are sadistic killers of all life on Earth, aren't they?" Again, no... and after this episode, we hope you will agree that they are just gorgeous animals. See …
 
Collie and Colette celebrate the great and important BEETLE family... with a cameo by a very lucky and lovely bunny.Photo copyright Colette KinsellaDon't forget to hit us up on our various channels with questions, queries or things you'd like us to get nerdy about:FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TheCritterShedDUB/TWITTER: @crittershedpodEMAIL: c…
 
Gather round, children, for stories about lesser-celebrated Christmas animals.Yule felines, yule arachnids, yule goats and even yule marsupials - this Christmas episode has them all.Further reading:Feast your eyes here on the truly breathtaking Christmas tree worms (Spirobranchus giganteus) who manage to look festive all year round.More on the terr…
 
Snoring cats, peaceful pachyderms and orgasmic ostriches. This episode has it all! We went to Dublin Zoo to chat to keeper Brendan Walsh about a study he carried out on the zoo's largest residents, one that gave him new and remarkable insights into their nocturnal lives. An elephant-sized THANK YOU to the staff at Dublin Zoo for being so generous w…
 
The Critter Shed is now a proud resident of The Warren, Ireland's newest podcast network and home to some of the most remarkable and innovative podcasts in the country. We have some great flatmates in our cosy burrow and we'd like you to get to know them as well as you know The Critter Shed. Have a listen to this bonus episode and, if you like what…
 
Today we head off to roly-poly town to visit the unsung heroes of the invertebrate world... WOODLICE!!!! These tiny armadillo-like creatures are nature's recyclers. All winter long they will be working hard in your garden, breaking down and recycling your organic waste. We also hear about what you can do in your winter garden to help your wildlife …
 
Some time before this episode was released, Collie came across an amazing sight in his own Dublin suburb, Tallaght. Over many years a former waste ground and dumpsite for silt dredged from local ponds had regenerated into a vibrant and multi-layered wetland ecosystem that was home to species such as newts, bats, frogs and the endangered European ee…
 
This week we meet a gentle - and leggy - giant of the invertebrate world, Collie comes up with a new business idea, and we hear how ingenious primates deploy invertebrates as recreational drugs. Seriously. They get baked. Music: Podington: Curious, Sunset, Tuxes, Chauncy Don't forget to hit us up on our various channels with questions, queries or t…
 
This week we’re on an animal rescue farm visiting one of the world's most intelligent, misunderstood and mistreated animal: the pig. We meet the enigmatic (and GIANT) boar Wilbur and his friend Tina Sunshine, who spend their days lounging in the sun when they're not opening childproof fridge locks or stable doors. Tina Sunshine and Wilbur were resc…
 
This week the critter shed becomes 'the love shack' as we delve into the sensuous, sumptuous and scintillating love lives of SNAILS! We hear how giant African land snails smooch and snog their way through courtship, and then shoot actual LOVE DARTS (be still my beating heart) during coitus. AND how they have enviable staying power. Also, these snai…
 
...or, as we really wanted to call this episode: LOCK UP YOUR PUSSIES! We've been wanting to have a conversation about domestic cats, the amount of wildlife they kill every year, and why they really REALLY should be kept indoors. And here it is. It's a gentle conversation, though, led by the gorgeous Ted, Colette's charismatic feline companion. AND…
 
Part 2 of our chat with herpetologist Rob Gandola. This time we're tackling the thorny issue of the rights and wrongs of keeping exotic pets and the unregulated pet trade. With cameos by tubular and amazing slow worms (who have been unfairly associated with hippies in the west of Ireland) and a couple of media-friendly frogs from Collie's shed. Her…
 
This week we're getting nerdy about amphibians with stories of exploding toads (yup, for real), pirate frogs (aaaarrr... yup, for real), as well as why there's an amphibian die-off right now and what small things you can do to help frogs recover. Our victim... er, guest this week is amphibian-nerd extraordinaire Rob Gandola of the Herpetological So…
 
This week we chat to Collie's cousin Dr. Stephanie Maher about the lonely, busy and fascinating lives of solitary bees. We also hear about the wondrous bee orchids, who imitate the seductive end of a female bee to encourage pollination. Also, if you want to find out how you can help bees to thrive, we have some very helpful hints. Here's a quick on…
 
Weird, tubular animals or geniuses of evolution? While Collie feeds his various constrictors, we hear how snakes are THE ultimate survivors. The can unhinge their jaws to swallow enormous prey items. They also have wily ways with their windpipes that stops them suffocating when ingesting a huge meal. And, when it comes to defending themselves, they…
 
Booty calls, bed-hopping and badger housekeeping tips! Join Collie and Colette as badger expert Dr. Aoibheann Gaughran reveals the saucy sex lives of a group of wild badgers in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Aoibheann has been studying a family of badgers in Co. Wicklow for a number of years, and in this episode we visit an enchanted glade (seriously, it fe…
 
Collie delves into his new collection of epic, carnivorous horned frog tadpoles, what we lovingly call GIANT PIRANHA SPERM!!! Find out about one of the world's most amazingly adapted amphibians that can go from barely fertilized egg to fully functioning, HUGE froglets in just over two weeks - the Ferraris of the frog world! Presented by The Critter…
 
Why are Collie and Colette lurking in a suburban park under cover of darkness wearing head torches and carrying a boom pole? The Critter Shed goes WILD in search of.... newts! Presented by Collie Ennis and Colette Kinsella. Produced by Colette Kinsella for Red Hare Media Share your wildlife stories with us, ask us questions about wildlife or tell u…
 
Today, Colette and Collie delve into the world of these fascinating arachnids where we hear about their history on Earth, their hunting methods and very odd love lives. AND, Colette has a very unusual, VERY close encounter with a male Asian forest scorpion. Further reading: Read more about scorpions in this National Geographic article. More informa…
 
This episode features The Great Cockroach Challenge where Collie & Colette search for the beauty and majesty in cockroaches. Collie shows Colette his cockchafer (beetle), and we find out why insect numbers are dropping like flies and how we can all help them recover. It's a cock-a-doodle of a show. Presented by Collie Ennis and Colette Kinsella. Pr…
 
Ever wanted to visit a frog orgy? Or take a trip to Mexico to meet the local salamanders and the nuns who are helping save them from extinction? (Get this: it involves holy salamander juice!) If so, this is the episode for you. And if not, tag along regardless because it's a cracker of a journey. Join Collie Ennis & Colette Kinsella in the critter …
 
So, you think you have free will, right? Well, have we got news for you! As it turns out, many of our actions - from what we wear, to how we drive, or even to our business skills - may be controlled by microscopic parasites. Today in the shed Collie Ennis and Colette Kinsella chat with passionate parasitologist Maureen Williams of Trinity College D…
 
A milky session in the critter shed where Colette and Collie find out how some animals nourish their young without nipples - from lactating spiders and frogs who feed their tadpoles in the treetops, to sharks whose young fight to the death in utero. You’d be a right tit to miss this one. The Critter Shed. A podcast with legs… and without nipples. P…
 
"Ridin'" is an Irish colloquial term for "sex". Science research associate Collie Ennis and audio producer Colette Kinsella meet in the critter shed to talk about the saucy (and sad) world of spider sex, where your first act of procreation might be your last. We also find out what it feels like to fall victim to a venom-packing tarantula, and why s…
 
If you like learning about the weird and wonderful side of nature - about things like spider sex, venom-toting frogs, mind-controlling parasites, and more - then this is the podcast for you! Coming at you fortnightly from 15th January 2019. Oh, and it's in a shed. With Collie Ennis and Colette Kinsella. Produced by Red Hare Media. http://podcast.th…
 
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