The Resource Life in cold blood : Armoured Giants, narrated by David Attenborough

Life in cold blood : Armoured Giants, narrated by David Attenborough

Life in cold blood : Armoured Giants
Life in cold blood
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Armoured Giants
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narrated by David Attenborough
Among chorusing frogs in Panama, Sir David Attenborough asks how amphibians first managed to invade the land. The Australian lungfish, an ancient relative of the amphibians that can breathe air, and the giantJapanese salamander, one of the largest amphibians on Earth, give vital clues about their first tentative steps. These giant land invaders also demonstrate fiercely protective parenting skills. In a disused goldmine, David finds salamanders that no longer need water. The mine walls glisten with dozens of female western slimy salamanders guarding their eggs and young. They are ready to put up a fight against other predatory hungry females, who see their young as a source of nourishment. The primitive worm-like caecilians demonstrate parental care never filmed before. The mother produces a rich secretion and the young lap it up like milk and, more bizarrely, they also eat her skin, tearing at it like mini sharks. She is unharmed and regularly feeds her babies in this way. But in some amphibians the fathers do the work. The male of the beautiful poison arrow frog, in Peru, carries each of his tadpoles on his back before depositing them into their own individual breeding pools. He guards them, and, when one needs feeding, calls in the female {u2013} leading her to the right pool, where she lays an infertile egg as food. A TV first reveals the intensely protective parenting of the marsupial frog, in Australia, who guards his clutch of eggs until they are ready to hatch and then straddles them to allow the tiny white tadpoles to wiggle into two special pouches on his hips. He carries his growing family around for several weeks and then 2gives birth3to tiny, perfect froglets. In Panama, David meets the rare golden frog {u2013} filmed for the last time in the wild. It communicates with its rivals and mates by semaphore in the form of gentle hand waves. Amphibians have even made it to the driest of places. The rain frogs in South Africa live underground, emerging from the soil when the first rains arrive. The males are too small to grasp the fat females so produce glue that helps them stick. Unfortunately, it makes them stick to other males, too. Once paired, the females dig underground {u2013} taking the tiny attached male with her. Below the soil, she makes a special chamber for her eggs and even secretes a moist foam to provide the young with their very own underground pond. Finally, David ends up in the baking deserts of Australia. Even here, a desert spade foot toad can live without water for two years {u2013} living proof that amphibians have truly conquered the land
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Credits note
  • Senior producer Hilary Jeffkins (Animal Crime Scene, Wildlife on One) ; series producer Miles Barton (Journey of Life, The Life of Birds) ; executive poducer Sara Ford (Wildlife on One [editor], Wildlife Specials, Jungle, Animal Camera)
  • Producer, Miles Barton ; Director, Scott Alexander , executive producer Sarah Ford
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Originally produced by BBCActive in 2008
Written and presented by David Attenborough
Life in cold blood : Armoured Giants, narrated by David Attenborough
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