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Cold Blood top ten clips

Following each clip, David Attenborough gives an exclusive, personal take on some of the series' finest moments.

Tortoises jousting
Jousting tortoises
Male tortoises fight using lance-like projections.
Poison arrow frogs
Poison arrow frogs
It took a week of waiting to film these sumo-wrestling frogs.
Skin-eating caecilians
Filmed for the first time, young caecilians feeding off mum.
Chameleons feeding
Extreme slo-mo reveals the secret of the hunt.
Shingleback live birth
No eggs for this lizard, just huge, live babies.
Spitting cobra
Spitting cobra
David shows one cobra's very special defence mechanism.
Tortoises jousting
Sea turtles' rough love
A female turtle is dangerously popular.
crocodile fishing
Saltwater crocodiles fishing
Clever saltwater crocs fishing like bears.
an anaconda
Anaconda giving birth
A mammoth reptilian water birth for 15 live baby anacondas.
a chameleon
Dwarf chameleon birth
Babies drop through the branches.
 Also in Life In Cold Blood


Photo gallery

Filming techniques


 TV Programmes – BBC Four

The Cold-Blooded Truth
Wednesday 20 August 8pm.

Land Invaders – Amphibians
Wednesday 27 August 8pm.

Dragons of the Dry – Lizards
Wednesday 3 September 8pm.

Sophisticated Serpents – Snakes
Wednesday 10 September 8pm.

Armoured Giants
Wednesday 17 September 8pm.

 Elsewhere on

Wildfacts: reptiles
Factfiles on everything from adders to tuataras.

Wildfacts: amphibians
Discover more about some of the amphibian stars of the show.

 Elsewhere on the web

David Attenborough chats to Jonathan Ross.

More YouTube
"The king of natural history."

OU: Cold-blooded trade
The perils of global exploitation and the reptile trade.

OU: Toads in a hole
Is the next great extinction being foreshadowed by amphibians in decline?

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