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Varmints! podcast were recently invited to join Clay Groves on his fishy podcast Fish Nerds! Fish Nerds is all about fish, fishing and eating fish and it is more fun than a tank full of sea monkeys. Varmints! presents a lightly edited version of the episode we participated in for you to listen to for this week. We also encourage you to go check out Clay’s awesome show right here! Varmints! will be back next week with another regular episode, so see you then, and enjoy!


Fish Nerds: always interesting, usually funny & mostly true

 In our mini-episode with Clay, we talked about Lampreys!

There seems to be a general misunderstanding that lampreys and eels are the same animal. They aren’t, and here’s a neat chart that shows you the differences between the two species, courtesy of The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.


Eel on over to the site and shine a lamprey on the facts!

Here’s a poem about lampreys written by the cool lookin’ dude on the right, William Stark, an early founder of Manchester, New Hampshire. Check out the article about the significance of the lamprey to early colonial Americans, courtesy of


Hey, everyone needs a hobby.

Henry I of England died of a “surfeit of lampreys”. Poor guy. Probably food poisoning rather than being too full of lampreys, but still, not a fun way to go! Check out a great article on this courtesy of The History Girls! 


 It’s good to be king, until the lampreys get ya.

Every had a lamprey stuck to your arm? Clay did, just to see how it would feel. He says it didn’t hurt, but Varmints! is skeptical.


 Lamprey’s fallin’ from the sky, doo-dah, doo-dah! Check out the article about this real life weird thing that happens sometimes courtesy of the Washington Post.

Hallelujah, it’s rainin’ lampreys!

Now you know a bit about lampreys! What’s your opinion on them? We want to hear from you! Send us your suggestions for animals you’d like to hear us talk about, or just drop us a line about anything at ! We might even read your fascinating email on the show.

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