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CLIP 10559

Courtship of the Chinese alligator

Courtship of the Chinese alligator
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Key Info
  • Courtship of the Chinese alligator
  • Duration: 02:40
  • A report about the unusual courtship of the rare Chinese alligator, also known as the Muddy Dragon. These alligators are close to extinction and there are only about 150 remaining. Most are now in captivity. At dawn and dusk they begin their courtship by rising from the water and bellowing. The sound is heard above water and felt below water by females. A female approaches a male and they are seen investigating each other through scent glands under their jaws. Mating follows. This clip was first created on the Planet Earth website: bbc.co.uk/nature/animals/planetearth/. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Science

       Topic:

    Bio: Environment - Habitat

  • Keywords: China, dragon, alligator, endangered, rare, mating, courtship
Ideas for use in class
  • To give an example of how animals court each other. To introduce the impact that man is having on the natural environment and specifically causing extinctions.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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