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Reptiles and Amphibians

From icy wastes to arid deserts, reptiles and amphibians have used their ancient, cold-blooded body plan along with sophisticated behavioural innovations to master the harshest environments on the planet. Using their ruthless hunting abilities, extraordinary camouflage, guile and downright physical toughness, they thrive where mammals and birds fear to tread. See Komodo dragons hunting buffalo, sea snakes with one of the most toxic venoms in the world that breed in caves, the seemingly suicidal leaps of a waterfall toad, the tender giant African bull frog that digs water channels to save not only its own young, but that of others too; and lizards that can walk on water.

Upcoming Airdates

Insects

There are 200 million insects for each of us. They are the most successful animal group ever. Their key is an armored covering that takes on almost any shape.  Darwin's stag beetle fights in the tree tops with huge curved jaws. The camera flies with millions of monarch butterflies which migrate 2000 miles, navigating by the sun.  Super-slow motion shows a bombardier beetle firing boiling liquid at enemies through a rotating nozzle.  A honey bee army stings a raiding bear into submission.

  • 2018-02-20T13:00:00-08:00
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  • 2018-02-21T21:00:00-08:00
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  • 2018-02-23T18:30:00-08:00
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Hunters & Hunted

Mammals' ability to learn new tricks is the key to survival in the knife-edge world of hunters and hunted.  In a TV first, a killer whale off the Falklands does something unique: it sneaks into a pool where elephant seal pups learn to swim and snatches them, saving itself the trouble of hunting in the open sea.  Slow-motion cameras reveal the star-nosed mole's newly-discovered technique for smelling prey underwater: it exhales then inhales a bubble of air ten times per second.

  • 2018-02-27T13:00:00-08:00
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  • 2018-02-27T15:00:00-08:00
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  • 2018-02-28T21:00:00-08:00
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  • 2018-03-01T17:00:00-08:00
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  • 2018-03-02T18:30:00-08:00
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  • 2018-03-03T16:30:00-08:00
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