The Reptiles

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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

Television Credits

Narrated by
HOWARD McGILLIN

Photography
GORDON BUCHANAN
ARTHUR CLARE
DAVID DAY
JAMES GRAY
ERIC HUYTON
PHIL LOVEL
GRAHAM MacFARLANE
JAMES O'KEEFE
IAN SALVAGE
ANDY SHILLABEER

Sound
CHRIS BARKER
MAX HENNSER
KEN KING
LUKE SCHILLER

Writer
BARRY PAINE

Original Music
ROBERT NEUFELD

Editors
LYNDON MATTHEWS
DAVID PEARCE
VINCENT PIPE

Online Editor
JONATHAN SEAL

Colourist
TIM BOLT

Dubbing Editor
IAN BOWN

Dubbing Mixer
CHRIS DOMAILLE

Graphics
RICOCHET 4

With thanks to:
Walter Meshaka
Galapagos National Parks -- Desiree Cruz
Charles Darwin Research Station -- Roz Cameron
Howard Snell
Tim Schultz
Terry Howard
Terry Thatcher
The Reptile House
University of Stellenbosch
P Le Fras Mouton
Gary and Kathy Jordan
Barny Tomberlain -- Hatari Invertebrates
Trevor Hare
Rural Metro
George Good
The National Zoo Park Washington, D.C.
Mike Davenport and Mike Morgan

Researchers
NIK COLE
TOBY ROSS

Production Executive
JAYNE CLARK

Company Production Manager
WILLIAM MEEHAN

Production Managers
FIONA MACKENZIE
KAREN MEEHAN

Post-production
MALCOLM MEREDITH
DOMINIC WESTON

Programme Consultant
ALAN R. MILLER

Assistant Producers
FELIX LANKESTER
DANIELA PULVERER

Producer
ROB HARVEY

Supervising Producer
MARK STRICKSON

Executive Producer
MICHAEL ROSENBERG

All sequences in this programme, whether filmed in the wild or under controlled conditions, represent authentic behavior.

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Producers
JILL CLARKE
PATTY JACOBSON
SUSANE LEE

Associate Producer
GIANNA SAVOIE

Production Assistant
IRENE TEJARATCHI

Production Secretary
AUSTIN RIPLEY

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Online Editor
BARRY GLINER

Sound Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive in Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

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.

Web Credits

Producer
RONNIE GODEANU

Art Director
SABINA DALEY

Designers
LENNY DROZNER
KAREN MATTSON
RADIK SHVARTS

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Writer
DAVID MALAKOFF

Production Artist
RUIYAN XU

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

Content Consultant
SUSANE LEE

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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