Tag archives for Predation

Giant Snakes

© David Hamlin/NGT&F A “super snake” is a serpent of our nightmares. A massive, writhing cold-blooded tube of 10,000 muscles, capable of delivering 9,000 pounds of pressure, growing to lengths of over 30 feet and weighing over 300 pounds. Giant snakes – such as the green anaconda or reticulated python – have a slow metabolism…

Pet Python Attack

In the U.S., pet pythons can be a danger; killing or seriously injuring more than 20 people in the last ten years. A python’s constriction is powered by 10,000 muscles. A human arm has five. Python vs. Gator premieres Wednesday December 15 at 10P et/pt.Video Preview: Rescue firefighters get a 911 emergency call claiming “my roommate is being chocked…

Warthog Burrows

Less than half of wild warthog piglets ever see their first birthday. So warthog mothers construct elaborate underground burrows in the African grassland to protect her brood from predators like cheetahs, lions and leopards. Warthogs feed on grasses and seeds during the day. In the clearing, warthogs have a panoramic view of all potential predators.…

Big Cats Dealing with Drought

© ZED Across Tanzania, big cats are suffering from scorching heat, unforgiving dust storms and water shortages. Once teeming with wildlife and flowing with water, the Ruaha River is empty except for a smattering of scorpions and lethargic animals too weak to follow their herd. In this region, there are few remaining pools of refreshing…

Illegal Leopard Poaching

The leopards’ stunning coat is also a death sentence. Despite an agreement protecting these endangered big cats, 2,000 leopards are illegally hunted each year in Africa. Their skins are often used in local rituals and worn by church leaders, witch doctors and presidents as signs of noble power. Leopards are void in more than 80% of…

Lion Prides Hunting Buffalo

© Wildlife Films Botswana / Mike Meyers Award-winning filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert began watching big cats in Africa 30 years ago. And according to the Jouberts, watching lions hunt buffalo are some of the most thrilling action moments they’ve experienced.  Buffalos travel in herds. And while the ideal side of…

Hunting for Snake Venom

Strike Force Production Crew Diary It’s obvious, when you’re dealing with highly venomous animals you have to be very careful. But when you’re filming a documentary about two scientists that handle deadly animals all the time, you have to be very careful. They make it look so easy, they make handling these killers look like…

Cannibalistic Crayfish

Perhaps overlooked by many people as a boring crustacean, the crayfish is actually a fascinating species with tons of quirky behaviors. Worms live on their pinchers, they urinate to solicit mating, they’re known to be aggressive and they’ll even eat a smaller crayfish to satiate their appetite. While many different types of crayfish species have…

Venomous Copperheads

In the eastern range of the United States, venomous copperheads are commonplace in the spring, summer and fall. The broad-banded species – like this snake, pictured – have dark, reddish brown cross bands that wrap around its body, a triangular-shaped head, heavy body, and tail tips with a grayish-green or even turquoise hue. As pit vipers,…

Insect Empires

Social insects – like bees, termites, hornets and ants – build magnificent empires often hidden from human view. But within these minute organizations are the enslaved and oppressed, the rewarded and ruling. Worker termites, Microtermes, are smaller than a grain of rice. They spend their days chewing up dead wood, carving through fallen branches, and making…