A nature documentary series written and presented by David Attenborough, that looks at the evolution and habits of amphibians and reptiles. Among chorusing frogs in Panama, Sir David Attenborough asks how amphibians first managed to invade the land. Again, like so many Attenborough. David Attenborough reveals the surprising truth about the cold-blooded lives of reptiles and amphibians. These animals are as dramatic, as colourful and as. Throughout the episodes that comprise the series, the filmmakers delve into the life and deeds of their subjects with a very impressive camera work, which bring.


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Attenborough visits Australia to illustrate how they became the first back-boned creatures to colonise land: The largest of them is the Japanese giant salamander and two are shown wrestling for territory.

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In North Americathe marbled salamander spends most of its life on land, yet is still able to retain the necessary moisture in its skin through the damp leaf litter. A female caecilian is filmed with her young, whose rapid growth is discovered to be the result of eating their mother's skin — re-grown for them every three days.

The most successful amphibians are frogs and toads. Their calls are most active during the life in cold blood season: However, gestures are sometimes needed and the poisonous Panamanian golden frog uses a life in cold blood form of ' semaphore '.

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Most other frogs rely on camouflage and the South American red-eyed tree frog is an example. An African bullfrog is shown defending its exposed tadpoles by digging a canal for them.

Meanwhile, the male marsupial life in cold blood keeps its young moist by carrying them in its skin pouches. Under the Skin examines the filming of the last population of Panamanian golden frogs, which is threatened by a fungal disease.

While they are highly adept at camouflage, occasionally there is a need to life in cold blood cover in order to ward off rivals. Attenborough holds up a mirror to an anole and causes it to extend its colourful throat flap as a warning sign.

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Madagascar is host life in cold blood over 60 species of chameleon but one of the largest, Meller's chameleon, is native to Malawi and two rival males are shown jousting. A female South African dwarf chameleon demonstrates its ability to change life in cold blood when communicating to a potential mate, and the chameleon's muscular tongue is depicted lassoing its prey.

In southern Australia, Attenborough uses a baited fishing rod to attract the attention of a rare pygmy bluetongue skinkthought to have been extinct for over thirty years until it was rediscovered in After they hatch, the young-at three day intervals-suddenly and simultaneously start to bite her flanks and tear off strips of skin.


She lies there passively, allowing them to swarm all over her until she has been stripped of the entire outer layer of her body. The frenzy lasts for some seven minutes.

Then the family rests for three days while the female grows another layer of skin-and another meal. Several females will use the same nursery pool.

As the young grow, mothers life in cold blood to leave until a single female is left guarding as many as a hundred youngsters in a life in cold blood pool.

Persist and he may become so infuriated by this rival who does exactly what he does that he may eventually turn around and abruptly leap at the mirror in an all-out attack. They lay their eggs inside a termite nest. Such partnerships may last for as long as two decades.

If one individual is killed Within two days, its liver has doubled in size.

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Absorbing the whole meal may take a week or more. It is life in cold blood to be among the most intelligent of all reptiles.

If threatened it rears up almost to the height of a man, spreads its neck into a hood and growls loudly.


It is the only snake to make a nest of leaves for its eggs.