The Reptiles: Alligators and Crocodiles looks at the ultimate predators at the margins of the water and the land.
Some amuse us, others terrify us. They slither, swim, walk and crawl, leap and lunge, and some spend their entire lives contained within a shell. Their ranks include some of the most skillful predators on Earth. And their long-departed dinosaur ancestors are an unending source of fascination to humanity, both in fiction and scientific endeavor. They are “The Reptiles,” the fascinating subjects of a four-part NATURE miniseries.
With guidance from leading experts on Alligators and Crocodiles, the first episode reveals that the world of these creatures is a lot more complex than we ever imagined. Some of the most surprising sequences reveal that the crocodile is not only the ultimate predator in the natural world but also a highly intelligent animal. The progam explores what the future holds for these living dinosaurs.
Online content for The Reptiles: Alligators and Crocodiles was originally posted February 2003.
Production Credits Print
With thanks to:
Galapagos National Parks -- Desiree Cruz
Charles Darwin Research Station -- Roz Cameron
The Reptile House
University of Stellenbosch
P Le Fras Mouton
Gary and Kathy Jordan
Barny Tomberlain -- Hatari Invertebrates
The National Zoo Park Washington, D.C.
Mike Davenport and Mike Morgan
Company Production Manager
ALAN R. MILLER
All sequences in this programme, whether filmed in the wild or under controlled conditions, represent authentic behavior.
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN
Executive in Charge
A Co-Production of Thirteen/WNET New York and Partridge Films Limited
This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which is solely responsible for its content.
About the Writer
David Malakoff is a journalist covering research discoveries and the politics of science for SCIENCE MAGAZINE in Washington, D.C. His writing has appeared in a wide range of venues, including THE ECONOMIST, THE WASHINGTON POST, and ABCNews.com.
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