The Resource Life in cold blood : Dragons of the Dry, narrated by David Attenborough

Life in cold blood : Dragons of the Dry, narrated by David Attenborough

Label
Life in cold blood : Dragons of the Dry
Title
Life in cold blood
Title remainder
Dragons of the Dry
Statement of responsibility
narrated by David Attenborough
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
David Attenborough examines the fascinating lives of the most misunderstood group of reptiles {u2013} the snakes {u2013} and reveals that their simplistic body design has contributed to their success. Snakes evolved from humble burrowing, legless lizards to become some of the most highly developed predators on Earth. In America, David spies on a timber rattlesnake as it hunts warm-blooded prey at night. A purpose-built camera traps and infrared cameras reveal the complex strategy used to set up an ambush. And, for the first time, the lethal strike is captured on camera in the wild. Although venom is a lethally effective weapon, most snakes prefer not to bite as they can get hurt in the process. But, there are other ways to deliver venom as David demonstrates.Wearing a mask (to avoid being blinded), he tests the accuracy of a spitting cobra. One of the biggest challenges for snakes is swallowing a large meal. An X-ray camera reveals the remarkable technique of an egg-eating snake as it devours, crushes and regurgitates an egg many times larger than its own head. More remarkable still is the shocking feat of a giant python swallowing a huge gazelle. Giant male king cobras will fight over a mate but they have a {u2018}gentlemen{u2019}s agreement{u2019} not to use their potentially fatal bites. Instead, they sway in a hypnotic, rhythmic dance, trying to press each other to the ground. Mating king snakes also try and avoid fatal encounters, too. They eat other snakes and can identify friend from foe by following seductive scent trails.When a pair meets, the male soothes the female by vibrating his body alongside hers. Conveniently, he has two penises so can mate from either side. After courtship comes birth, and the cameras capture a mammoth reptilian water birth as 15 live baby yellow anacondas are born and swim to the surface to take their first breath. David says:2These most sophisticated animals cope with life{u2019}s challenges and they do it with elegance and grace.3
Cataloging source
NZEN
Characteristic
representational
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
Date time place
Originally produced by BBCActive in 2008
PerformerNote
Written and presented by David Attenborough
Label
Life in cold blood : Dragons of the Dry, narrated by David Attenborough
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
kan1079803
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (streaming video file) (approximately 50 min.)
File format
unknown
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
  • computer
  • video
Media MARC source
  • rdamedia
  • rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, stereo., sound, color
Publisher number
1079803
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b29863363
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
kanopy79804
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Video recording format
other

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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