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The Backyard Naturalists podcasts is geared toward nature lovers of all kinds, from beginners to those with more experience. We have a very diverse lineup of topics planned for you, such as  what you can do in your own yard to enhance the habitat for the creatures who live there, participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count as a citizen scientist, using native plants, which snakes live in our area,  how to attract specific birds, common and uncommon raptors in the greater Charlotte region, spring and fall migration season for birds, plants for butterflies and much more!

Jun 1, 2024

Welcome to The Backyard Naturalists, your award-winning podcast about anything and everything related to nature! Heard in 115 countries, all 50 states, and throughout the Carolinas, we're thrilled to have you join us. We're also proud recipients of the Best of the Weeklies podcast award from the readers of the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly.


In this episode, we're excited to welcome back Reptile Expert Jay Bell from Reptiles 101. As a flock member, Jay has shared his knowledge with us in over three episodes, and we're always eager to hear his insights. Today, Jay joins hosts Debbie and Laurie to discuss the invasive reptile species of North Carolina and their impact on local ecosystems.


In this episode, you'll learn about:

  • ·         The Texas horned lizard
  • ·         The red-eared slider turtle
  • ·         The tegu lizard
  • ·         The house gecko
  • ·         The hammerhead slug


Jay describes the appearance, habitat, and impacts of each invasive species, highlighting the risks they pose to native wildlife by outcompeting them for food, water, and shelter. Tune in to find out what you can do to help control the spread of these invasive species and protect North Carolina's native reptiles.


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Thanks for listening to The Backyard Naturalists.  We hope you have a day filled with the wonders of nature. Get outside and take a walk on the wild side! Please don’t forget to leave a 5-star review for The Backyard Naturalists podcast.


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While recording the Backyard Naturalists podcast, Debbie and Laurie enjoy coffee provided by the Good Cup Coffee Company  in Matthews, North Carolina. Follow Good Cup Coffee on Instagram and look for them at the Matthews Community Farmer’s Market  this Saturday morning.