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BBC Life in Cold Blood

documentaries series in five episodes (The Cold Blooded Truth, Land Invaders, Dragons Of The Dry, Sophisticated Serpents, Armoured Giants), about reptiles, amphibians, snakes, chameleons, crocodiles, turtles, tortoises, and more.

Series episodes

The Cold Blooded Truth - Cold blood is clearly no barrier to affection. In fact reptiles can conduct as complex and as sensitive a courtship as many a mammal.

Land Invaders - Kinds of small salamanders only a few inches long that has taken one further step away from the aquatic life. A form that is characteristic of amphibians.

Dragons Of The Dry - The cold-blooded perentie can even outrun a warm-blooded rabbit. So the lizards have colonized the world from swamps to rainforests from woodland to desert.

Sophisticated Serpents - Snakes being cold-blooded seem to relish the warmth of sun-baked roads and often bask on them. And as a result of course many get run over.

Armoured Giants - The way in which we get our energy from the environment and the wasteful way in which we use it maybe there are things that we can learn from life in cold blood.
 
BBC Life in Cold Blood Blooded Truth: reptiles and amphibians The Cold Blooded Truth
 
BBC Life in Cold Blood Land Invaders: amphibians, salamanders, frogs, toads Land Invaders
 
BBC Life in Cold Blood Dragons Of The Dry: they were the ancestors of today's lizards Dragons Of The Dry
 
BBC Life in Cold Blood Sophisticated Serpents: snakes - you cant deny that they have an extraordinary beauty Sophisticated Serpents
 
BBC Life in Cold Blood Armoured Giants: crocodiles, turtles and tortoises BBC Life in Cold Blood Armoured Giants
 
Life Quotes

"The ice melts around them and eventually within them. Slowly they begin to come to life." (Share this quote)

"But what's really special about this little lizard is its family life." (Share this quote)

"There are a whole lot of other warm-hearted truths to be discovered that give the phrase life in cold blood a completely new meaning." (Share this quote)

"After five to 10 minutes on the sea floor most iguanas have had enough and they return to the surface and the life-saving warmth of the rocky shore." (Share this quote)

"This is the jaw bone of a very large and very famous dinosaur. In life its head would have been 18 feet six metres above ground." (Share this quote)


"And below on the forest floor a five-lined skink is warming her cold-blooded body by basking in the sunshine so that she can do the same thing." (Share this quote)


"You might even say that it was grieving. On the other side of the world there are lizards with a very different lifestyle." (Share this quote)


"Filming venomous snakes presented a lot of special problems to the Life in Cold Blood team but the toughest was trying to film rattlesnake hunting in the wild." (Share this quote)


"We may call reptiles cold-blooded but they can show great tenderness. Reptiles and amphibians are full of surprises. They can look after their young with as much care as many a mammal." (Share this quote)


"In North America in the eastern half of the country there are many kinds of small salamanders only a few inches long that has taken one further step away from the aquatic life." (Share this quote)


"Although the adult marbled salamander lives entirely on land it nonetheless needed water at the very beginning of its life." (Share this quote)


"However this open plan way of life while it's clearly very successful nonetheless comes at a price." (Share this quote)


"They then experimented with a life-size plastic model complete with waving arm the sort of high-tech gear." (Share this quote)


Watch pictures from documentaries series in high resolution
 
In the Galapagos Islands some of the reptiles get their energy directly from sunshine
In the Galapagos Islands some of the reptiles get their energy directly from sunshine
  The golden frog which lives only in one small area in Panama
The golden frog which lives only in one small area in Panama
  A shingleback or as its called here in its home in Australia a sleepy lizard
A shingleback or as its called here in its home in Australia a sleepy lizard
  An African rock python one of the biggest of all snakes eating an antelope
An African rock python one of the biggest of all snakes eating an antelope
  Giant Galapagos tortoise live longer than any other animal on Earth well over 120 years
Giant Galapagos tortoise live longer than any other animal on Earth well over 120 years