Adorable Yet Terrifying Animals with Dave Salmoni

– Our next guest is an expert
in all things ferocious. He has a new show called
Big, Small and Deadly. It premieres Tuesday
night on Animal Planet. Please welcome the Canadian
Tarzan, Dave Salmoni. You head over here. Thank you, sir. Hey, Jimmy, how are you?
– That is one of the scariest– Oh, wow. –things I’ve ever
seen in my life. DAVE SALMONI: This is an
alligator snapping turtle. Have a seat.
JIMMY KIMMEL: Wow, that’s– Have a seat, guys. OK. – Open mouth, so in character.
– Right. So the cool, the cool thing,
before I put him down, let me show you. Inside his mouth, you see
that little pink thing? JIMMY KIMMEL: Yeah.
DAVE SALMONI: It is his tongue. JIMMY KIMMEL: Oh, good. DAVE SALMONI: And it’s
supposed to look like a worm. JIMMY KIMMEL: Uh-huh. DAVE SALMONI: So when
these guys hunt– I’m going to put him down here.
Watch your finger. JIMMY KIMMEL: Oh, it
does look like a worm. Right. Oh, so the things
think it’s a worm? Yeah, so he sits– How fast does
that go, by the way? Oh, it, it goes very fast. Oh, jeez. But they can’t
see that the worm is connected to a giant turtle? Right. So, so– Animals are not smart. If you look, he’s got algae
and things growing on him, so it’s the perfect camouflage. Yeah, you can come over. Um, uh– I just, I want to watch
him so he stays here. So, yeah. What they’ll do is they’ll
sit there with the mouth. Something will come by.
Now let me show you again. Jim and I are going to go sit
in the audience for a while. So you want to see how
it uses that big mouth? Yeah, I guess but– yeah.
DAVE SALMONI: Like that. JIMMY KIMMEL: Yeah, see
now, that looks terrible. DAVE SALMONI: Why
don’t you grab– JIMMY KIMMEL: Will it
take my finger right off? Why don’t you grab
a celery stick for me. OK. Jim, did you want to
grab a celery stick? Nah, I’ll watch. – Other end, flip it around.
– Holy cow. – Uh-huh.
– And now give it to him. Oh, what, he’s
picky about the end? – Leave your hands here-ish.
– Uh-huh. Yep.
Oh, no. I just like the– it
makes a good noise. Put it right in there. OK. JIM GAFFIGAN: Oh, my god. JIMMY KIMMEL: Oh, my god. DAVE SALMONI: That is
the snapping version. Jim, do you want to try that?
Come around. That’s so much faster than
I thought it was going to be. Come around over here. Now, let’s get– – He really likes celery.
– Grab the carrot. Grab the carrot this time. OK, give him a carrot, yeah.
There you go. OK.
Good boy. Now, same thing. Don’t get your
fingers too close. Come around to over
here so I can watch you. Come over here to me, Jim. Come on. I don’t want to
block a camera. It’s like you’re
dueling with a turtle. DAVE SALMONI: Come to me,
right over here by my thigh. Can I grab your arm?
OK. So now– JIM GAFFIGAN: Why do
you have to grab my arm? Because I don’t want
you to get too close. OK.
All right. OK.
Now give it to him. Let him have a bite. What do you mean,
give it to him? Oh, whoa! Why is it so angry? It’s a snapping turtle. So, you know, these– It’s snapping. It’s angry at– Oh, it’s
got it right in the name. He’s OK. He’s OK. We weren’t criticizing you. DAVE SALMONI: I got that. Thank you so much. I’ll put that here. JIMMY KIMMEL: Wow,
that’s like all muscle, that thing too, huh? But this guy’s
super duper strong. So one of the
interesting things. So come feel the back here. You guys can do
it if you want to. Back.
Way back. There you go. Feel how hard– – Why did he jump like that?
– Where do you– where– He wants to bite you. How did he– he does. DAVE SALMONI: Yeah,
he’s going to bite you. If you put your hand anywhere in
this wheelhouse, he’ll take it. – Don’t put your hand up there.
– Really. For sure.
And these guys are strong. You saw how fast he
went through that. He’ll, he’ll take a finger.
He’ll take a hand. Where do they live? Anywhere in North America. They live on desks. Yeah.
They do. This is its natural habitat. Jimmy, can you pick
this up for Me Can I show you how to pick him up?
I wanted to see– no? No.
Jim? Do it.
Do it. AUDIENCE: Do it.
Do it. Do it.
you hold it for me? JIMMY KIMMEL: Hold on. Let me talk to the
audience for a second. All right. So an interesting thing. Now have a look at the beak. Why isn’t it chewing the food? That’s–
DAVE SALMONI: He’s a carnivore. He only eats meat. Those things are not
something he’d eat. JIM GAFFIGAN: So
why’d he even bite it? He doesn’t– so
look at the feet. Is it angry that we tried
to feed it vegetables, or– So this guy’s adapted– What is that leg? I’m going to tell you
cool things about this. I promise.
– How heavy is that turtle? So right now, he’s
about 50 pounds. He can get over 200. He’s always going to grow. One of the ways to sort of
tell– they kind of– they’re growing all the time. One of the ways to
tell healthy they are is as to how big
they’re going to get. JIMMY KIMMEL: Mm-hmm. DAVE SALMONI: One of
the interesting things about these guys, they’re
really susceptible to environmental problems, right? So if, you know,
global warming is a real big problem with them.
Pollution. Good. Pesticides. You know, it’s interesting.
You look at this thing. He looks like a dinosaur. He’s evolved and he’s hasn’t
had to change forever, and yet now all of a sudden,
we’re destroying its habitat and he’s having real problems.
– And he’s mad. He is mad.
He’s like– Hey guy. I’m trying to help
you over here. So don’t get mad and
don’t snap at me. OK? DAVE SALMONI: Why don’t
you grab him some meat. He loves a bit of meat.
Grab that sausage there. OK.
All right. Use the tongs so you don’t
have to get your fingers– Thank you for bringing tongs. Yep, no problem. Now he is a carnivore. He may actually eat this
because he likes meat. You’re the only guest
that brings tongs. There you go.
You’re lucky. Hey do we need
mustard or anything? We can ask him. JIMMY KIMMEL: He’s got
a little sauerkraut– Oh. Oh, you like that, huh? That’s more like–
he likes the meat. He’s a carnivore.
– Yeah. So this guy can eat pretty
much anything he can overpower. If it goes near that mouth,
he’ll grab a hold of it and– And what, what
would go after it? So, good question. If you– you felt
that big strong thing. This is how he
carries it around. At a small size, they
have predator problems. But at this age, it’s only
us as humans that really cause this guy any problem. Again, you say North
America, but where? He’s a, he’s a– Oh, sorry, Dave. I think that– that must have been one
of those vegan dogs. All right get– put this
thing in the– wherever it goes. All right.
All right. All right.
Yeah, oh, thank you. Thanks again for
bringing the– yeah, OK. Yeah.
Oh, my god. He wants to kill everyone.
– All right. Yeah. So let’s get some
of this stuff up. We’ll put that away.
– All right. All right. Well, we have to
Purell now, right? Yeah, Purell. Jim, you should Purell too. Anybody that’s touched
this thing, we– Here, Him.
Here’s some Purell for you. Did I touch it? – And one for you, Dave.
– One’s enough. One’s enough.
– All right. Wow, I thought I wasn’t
going to be terrified. Yeah, well that thing– It was scary, right? DAVE SALMONI: We’ll get
the cuter things going now. – Oh
– This is very pretty, right? Look at this demonic presence. Harry Potter. I got it. Thank you. Now this is a spectacled owl. Now it’s a young one,
so sit in your chair. You lost your chair. Why do owls always
look so confused? So sit, sit down, just
because we’re going– it’s just a baby. We want to make sure it’s,
oh, has a fun day today. And it’s super calm. So the slower the
movements we do, the better it is
for this little guy. He doesn’t want that. He doesn’t like hot dogs? He doesn’t– what are
we going to feed this guy? He, he’s just a little
guy, although he, you know, who knows? Maybe he likes hot dogs. Because they are carnivores. They do like to hunt. So I told you it’s
a spectacled owl. You look nervous. He looks like he’s
wearing an owl costume. So interestingly,
this guy’s feathers are very unique because
he lives in like Central and South America
where it’s very, very warm, in tropical areas. So his feathers are
definitely much different than some of the
owls that you might have seen me bring on before. Yeah, yeah. Like if Jim had feathers, that’s
what they would look like. – That’s–
– Right? Now if you look–
– That’s true. If you look, twist
my wrist just a touch. Here, sweetheart.
Now those are those big talons. These guys are great hunters.
Hi, big guy. Where you going? There’s a good guy. It’s tied to that rope, right? He’s tied to the rope. He’s only a baby. He’s just looking around. But this is actually
how he’s going to hunt. He’s going to go
up a big tree where he has lots to look around. And he uses that head. He can turn his
head 270 degrees. What’s his name? Does he have one? How about Jim? Jim? They all have names. I just forget them. Hey, Jim, there’s
a turtle over in, back in the area there. You might want to snack on. Don’t they have
really good hearing too? No, vibration. Or maybe that’s dogs. You mean owls or turtles? But owls have good
hearing, right? – Owls.
– Yeah. No.
Do owls have good– This is an owl, for sure. Owls can hear, absolutely. Is that a bird? No. And their hearing is
good enough that– they use vocal communication
as a way to communicate. So these guys have a really
unique noise that they make. And we’re all used
to hearing hoo hoo, but these guys are more like
a tweeting, whistling bark. Oh, OK. Do a little of that
for us, will ya? I’m not sure he
does it on command. Oh.
OK. You’re OK, babe. Let’s take a commercial
break and then we’ll bring out some more animals. Dave Salmoni is here. We’ll be right back. Hey, we’re back
with Dave Salmoni. Dave has a show called
Big, Small and Deadly. What is that? Big, Small and Deadly is
a celebration of animals. It’s all my favorite animals. It’s all the favorite
stories I know about them. We went out to Africa
and shot a little bit. We do everything from
jellyfish, killer whales, big predators, predators
in India, predators in Africa. It literally is what
we do here, where we– It’s like my nightmare
job, really, is what it is. It’s just kind of showing
like we try to do here. Hey, this is an animal.
We love it. We want to conserve it. Here my favorite
things about it. And this is just the
long-form version of that. – Very good, and now this is–
– A skunk. And I got to tell you, I
don’t– obviously I don’t want to get squirted
by a skunk, but I look at skunks outside my house
and I go, that’s a beautiful– They are. – They always seem well groomed.
– And they do. They have this wonderful– I can let you touch
her, if you want to give her a little pat pat?
There you go. I can let you give
her a little pat pat. And does this one have
the smell thing going? Yeah.
Like they have the scent. I mean, usually that’s
a defense, right? So she’s going to go after
a predator if it’s nervous. She has these black
and white stripes and they are– can you put some
of those on the table there? Yeah, what is this, dog food? And they’re a
warning to predators, says, hey, if you
happen to come near me, I’m going to spray you. And the black and white
is just a big- hey, it’s the warning sign
that you get before. And the spray
comes out of where? It’s pee, so it comes
out of the back end here. – It’s pee?
– It’s pee. So it has chemicals
in its pee that make it stink really, really bad. How did I not know that? She should use a probiotic. Yeah. And so when they say
you’ve been sprayed, you’ve actually been peed on. Wow. And what it does, it
tells the predators, hey, those predators, now if
they get sprayed by a skunk, they’re going to
stink for a week and they’d have a hard time
hunting because everything they look to kill–
– Oh, interesting. –they’re going
to smell it coming. And it also isn’t pleasant.
– Oh. Well, thank you for
bringing the animals. Of course. I’m sorry we didn’t
have time for the toucan, but the toucan will be
rescheduled with Matt Damon. I want to thank Dave. Big, Small and
Deadly is his show. It premieres August
20 on Animal Planet. And Jim Gaffigan, as well. Thank you, fellows. Hi, I’m Jimmy Kimmel. An evil wizard has trapped
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  • The only animal I like here is Dave.

  • I just realized Jim Gaffigan would be a GREAT sidekick

  • When will people realize they just bring him back constantly for views and doesn't really let him speak or educate the public !

  • They invite this guy just to interrupt and to insult him by interrupting -_-

  • More Salmoni

  • Next time bring the squirrel on meth from the news as payback for them joking around

  • Dave is hot.. I want to suck his peacock…

  • Why can't they shut the hell up and listen to what he is saying???

  • We want to hear the facts, we Dont always want to hear your jokes, James.

  • My next guest is an expert in all things for roaches!!!

  • I would quite happily listen to Dave , other than listening to Jimmy Kimmels pathetic attempt at comedy. I'd learn so much more.

  • man Canadians are so kind.

  • Im tired of them not letting Dave ever talk

  • Dave go to conan

  • Insensitive talk show host

  • Actually jimmy, animals are extremely smart.

  • I don't know how Dave keeps coming back here when jimmy keeps INTERRUPTING daveeee

  • Why do they always act like such babies? Lol

  • Dave salmoni should just go to another talk show host. I bet they'll give him the respect he deserves

  • They don’t let this guy talk at all

  • I would only say this.


  • I wish that were truly Dave’s sausage

  • if u think about it, even an animal that looks like the turtle can still get laid. that just gave me a lot of hope.

  • these guys are pussies. I would get so close to so excited to see these animals

  • the turtle is so angryyy !!! angryturtle
    feel so bad for Dave when he said im gonna tellyu cool things,I promise!! :(((

  • Let this man tell us cool things, stop interrupting

  • that owl has very similar eyes to one of my cats!! so sweet : )

  • “Let me talk to the audience for a second.” 🖕🤨🖕

  • I would never want to experience what this guy just has, literally EVERY time he was about to say a fact or something they interrupted him…ugh…

  • I feel bad. He never gets to talk.

  • Shut up you poo head pimple nibbler.

  • Why do men have to act like woman now, and woman have to act like men?

  • If it were me. I wouldn’t come back. Jimmy gets on my nerves when it comes to animals. Like shut up and stop trying to make jokes

  • They both behave like absolute idiots and never give Dave a chance to talk about any of the animals

  • Trying too hard to be funny that you disgrace the guest and make him feel unwanted. I’m sure he loves the paycheck but I’m sure he loves talking about the animals more. You weren’t even listening to him you were just looking for the next joke to crack

  • They need to bring Dave on the show when Michael Fassbender is on.

  • I love dave salmoni and his animals

  • Why are these hosts such weenies about the animals they invite on their shows? Caution is laudable, but the whole scaredy-cat routine is baffling.

  • Jimmy, come on man
    Let the man speak about the animals
    Like make jokes but don’t blabber it much

  • See's snapping turtle gets brave wilderness flashbacks

  • Turtles need water to swallow their food, so… Also when he commented "good" on global warming destroying them… And gesture with a sausage… Is this a show for the idiots?

  • 5:08 I feel so bad for the guest

  • They never let him talk….they always interrupt him…


  • They should’ve let the guy talk. I don’t know this Dave Guy, but I really wanted to know about these animals.
    Jimmy was so rude by interrupting him loads

  • I've realized with alot of the tv shows that bring a zoologist on the show they never let them speak and it bothers my soul

  • L E A V E THE A N I M A L S A L O N E !!!

  • Every time Dave tells to be calm, Jimmy cracks bad jokes and makes audience to clap and noise

  • Horrible host ever !!!. You supposed to let the guest talk and let them say the facts.. I AM SORRY BUT I HATE THIS ONE.. this guys overreacting to a turtle… thats too much…. also its useless to comment coz they never gonna read this…

  • I'd love to listen to dave telling animal facts all day long. 😁

  • Dave needs a YouTube channel.

  • Gaffigan KILLED!!!

  • Love wild animal facts, hate ignorant host!

  • They are acting like kids.

  • So that owl will change colors as it grows

  • Jimmy's overreacting is sooooo annoying!

  • May Dave Salmoni never stop coming to Jimmy Kimmel

  • The Toucan will be rescheduled with Matt Damon…I died.

  • It seems like dave had not done any homework on the animals he had presented.

  • Why don't they just have a Dave Salmoni segment where Jimmy takes a break? We would get to learn about the animals then and don't have to have Jimmy acting like a child around them all the time.

  • He looks like Bradley cooper and Michael Bisping had a kid

  • Like it wasn't enough that the host interrupts him now the guest does it as well

  • I don’t know who Jim is but I’m annoyed that he won’t shut up

  • me staring at the turtle while it has its mouth hanging over: he looks like a kaiju from pacific rim

  • Oh my God what a cute beautiful owl😍😍🤗

  • These are becoming so hard to watch, I always just end up feeling bad for Dave and his animals

  • Dave should just keep talking whenever Jimmy tries to interrupt him

  • As much as I love this show, but when the whole point of Dave being a guest is to teach us about animals… The other guest's job is to shut the frig up so he can teach. Jimmy. Please control your guests a little more, okay? Dave's there as a guest, but he also has a job to do unlike the other guests who are just there to chit chat.

  • Dave wielding kingadora like a flamethrower was amazing

  • How many times did he see him

  • I wanna be that carrot in Daves pocket. Lol

  • I dont know if this is just shtick, but these Hollywood types are wimps when it comes to animals.

  • Beautiful owl.

  • 5:08 I've never heard someone laughing THAT loud… the laughter was funnier than the whole situation and joke!

  • Dave is really lovely

  • Ooh why don't you guys just stop making fun and let Dave talk and give more information about his lovely family( animals) is just because it's your show let that ossum guy( Dave) talk.

  • wtf? this is the first time I see this kind of videos and please stop taking wild animals to your shows. They are not made for entertainment. I'm surprised that no comment mentioned this.

  • Like many other people here, I am going to mention this too, let Dave talk! He has wonderful things to talk about, and Jimmy snaps this fella everytime he is going to say something interesting. Please try not to be a bad host! Thanks for the show anyway!


  • good to know, i thought skunks fart

  • Jim is more annoying and obnoxious than Jimmy 🙄

  • Cutest owl ever- host= look at this demonic presence.. Wtf. Not even a man, I know almost every woman I've ever met with more balls than jimmy. And half his guest on these animal spots. Dave come to Texas and see, you'll be more busy trying to stop us from playing with them than babysitting grown men's fears.

  • What is the name of this animal daves hand

  • I love the banter! Humor and education

  • Come on Dave you should know the skunk has a special gland by its but that it sprays with it is not in their pee

  • Why is every talkshow host a wuss around animals? Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, and Steve Harvey are all wusses!

  • I mean they have been interrupting this guy for years and we've been complaining for this for years, how is it possible that they have never read our comments?

  • Everyone’s saying they aren’t giving Dave time to speak which is true, but this is still SO SO funny. The facts that we heard so far are amazing and we all get a great laugh out of this. Y’all can be a bit nicer about it instead of saying “Jimmy won’t shutttt upp” be a bit more grown and mature. Anyway yea.

  • Jim gaffigan is an idiot

  • I'm leaving Jimmy Kimmel Live YouTube Channel hopping to find Dave somewhere else that they let him talk.

  • Skunk: I’m goin to pee on you
    R Kelly: Hold my pee

  • “Animals are not smart.” That’s extremely FALSE!

  • Idk whether to like the video or not cause I love when they bring animal experts on these shows but I hate how they always interrupt them and never let them talk on EVERY SHOW. And everyone in the comments complains about it, they really need to stop being so rude, at least for the sake of their ratings.

  • Love these segments, put up w/ Kimmel's interuptions, but this time? This time putting the hot dog @ Dave's crotch?? Are you KIDDING me?! Dave is such a great human being & a better person, why he keeps coming back, I don't know.

  • He looks like bogut

  • Ignorant!

  • I’m on a Dave Salmoni marathon…

  • If i was dave id say no if they ever asked me to come back

  • Shut up guys

  • No wonder that Howl is confused, he lives in South America

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