Episode 11 – Axolotl: The Peter Pan Salamander

In the heart of Mexico, a rare creature once found its home in the depths Lake Chaco near present day Mexico City. Unfortunately, that lake no longer exists. With it’s home drained to make room for the expanding metropolis, this unique amphibian has been forced into canals and streams infested by invasive predators like the Asian carp and African tilapia. This salamander’s only hope of survival is to become remarkably resilient.

Music by Scott Lee Cupp

Episode 10 – Greenland Shark: The Oldest Fish in the Brook

They say you should respect your elders. But what if your elder is a gigantic shark? The oldest living vertebrate might just cruising around the Arctic Sea. Find out how old a fish can get in this episode of Life, Death, and Taxonomy.



Music by Music Head

Episode 9 – Colorado River Toad: The Psychedelic Secreter

There are lots of ways to deter a predator when you’re a toad. You could puff up to make yourself look bigger. You could do your best impression of a carcass and play dead. Or you could coat your whole body with a deadly poison. But one genus of toad likes to spike the sauce with a little something extra. But you just do what you gotta do to survive in Life, Death, and Taxonomy.



Episode 8 – Diving Bell Spider: The Ultimate Bubble Butt

Everyone likes to maintain their personal bubble, but what if that maintenance meant a little bit of free diving? Take a deep breath, strap some air to your thorax, and dive down to the depths of knowledge with us as we explore a certain spider’s underwater world where it’s eat or be eaten. We don’t mean to burst your bubble, but that’s just what you expect in Life, Death, and Taxonomy.


Music by Sirius Beat – The Cosmos


Episode 7 – Binturongs: The Cat Who Smelled Like Popcorn and Wasn’t a Cat

Have you ever walked into a movie theater and wondered what smelled like an arboreal dwelling fur-monster? You might, after learning about the strange scent this fuzzy forest creature makes as it travels from tree to tree on this episode of Life, Death and Taxonomy.

Episode 6 – The Thumb Splitting Mantis Shrimp

Welcome, ladies and gents, to the all-night spectacular fight between two of the world’s most formidable pugilists! In one corner, we have the undefeated Muhammad Ali. In the other… I don’t believe it! Ladies and gents, tonight our very own Ali will be putting up his dukes against… a shrimp? Looks like you can never predict what you’ll find in Life, Death, and Taxonomy.

Episode 5 – Bower Birds: From Plumes to Rooms

The ladies like a guy with an eye for style, at least, the bird we are going to talk about today thinks so. Some creatures fight for their mates but not this little gentleman. He knows that sometimes you’ve got to get creative to get the girl. But that’s just how it goes in Life, Death, and Taxonomy.

Episode 4 – Horned Lizard: Survival Through Blood, Sweat, and Tears

In the dusty old texan desserts, ain’t no one gonna help you when buzzerds and coyotes come a-callin. If you wanna survive out here, you better make like a lizard with a deep bag of tricks. Set a spell and learn you a thing or two about the lengths one wasteland reptile will go to to maintain the balance of Life, Death, and Taxonomy.


Music by NADA

Episode 3 – Tardigrades: The Teeny Titans Living in Your Backyard

Not all superheroes wear capes; some just wear indestructible exoskeletons. There aren’t too many immortal, invincible creatures on this good green Earth, but one of them is an adorable little microorganism… and he lives in your backyard! Don’t miss this animal that brings a new definition to Life, Death, and Taxonomy.

Episode 2 – The Ethiopian Wolf: Nature’s Goodest Boy

It’s a dog eat dog world out there, especially on the lofty plateaus of Ethiopia. But some puppers put their personal proclivities aside to lend a helping paw. But why? Find out what makes these good boys so good on this episode of Life, Death, and Taxonomy. The Ethiopian Wolf is a rare canine native to the highlands of Ethiopia.