Inside Nature's Giants
This award-winning series gets under the skin of the largest animals on the planet. By exploring their anatomy, it reveals how these creatures really work.
Note: This series contains graphic images of animal dissection. Viewer discretion is advised.
Inside Nature's Giants Previous Broadcasts
Monster Python (Episode #102H)
KQED 9: Wed, May 30, 2012 -- 10:00 PM
In Florida's Everglades, Mark Evans and Joy Reidenberg meet "python hunters" who are attempting to control the python population (approximately 100,000) through a cull. They join reptile expert Jeanette Wyneken to dissect two pythons: a nine-foot male and a 14-foot female. The program explores the science of slithering, as well as the development of "infra-red goggles" that let the snakes hunt warm-blooded prey in the dark and a flexible jaw that allows them to stretch their mouths around huge prey, including alligators. The scientists make an amazing discovery in the female: ovaries bulging with 40 egg follicles ready to be fertilized. Richard Dawkins describes how snakes evolved from four-legged lizard-like ancestors, and biologist Simon Watt finds out what it feels like to be crushed by a real-life python.
- KQED 9: Thu, May 31, 2012 -- 4:00 AM