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Iguana chased by snakes - Planet Earth II: Islands - BBC One

aprilapril ModeratorPosts: 10,829 mod
Here is a lovely video about a chasing of an Iguana by snakes.
I wrote a transcription, -with a lot of @Lynne 's corrections of course- telling the story about what happened with the iguana.
I hope you'll like it.
I recommend to watch the video first and then read along the transcription.

Once upon a time, in a very rocky area, there lived a family of snakes. There were dozens of them in the family. With their several meter long limbless bodies, and their conspicuous scales, they held absolute sway.

The other animals knew they had better keep their distance if they didn't want to be caught and swallowed alive by the snakes, but one day, an iguana hatchling got lost during its morning promenade and ended up near that lair. “Oh my God!” he thought. “What have I done? What a disaster!” “Okay. Think! Think! Plan A: don’t move! Plan B? Don’t move! The little iguana lay motionless and very quiet. Even when he heard something behind him, he didn’t dare look back until he felt something touch his tail!

Oh dear, a snake had found him! Run little Iguana run!

"Oh no," he thought, "They’re chasing me! Hundreds of them!”

The little iguana ran as fast as he could, all the while being chased by the whole snake family.

“Ooops, catch me if you can! Bye!"

From time to time he almost escaped from their clutches .... until ..... “Oh no, he got me! I’m dead meat now! Help! Mummy!!!” A snake caught him and the others joined in.

Together they surrounded the hatchling. "Oh my God, this isn't fair! They're strangling me with their long slippery bodies. What can I do? Think! Think! Let me go! Leave me alone!”

The little iguana didn’t give up; he wormed and wriggled and scrabbled, until suddenly .... “Hey, I’m free! It's a miracle! Run!!!”

The snakes were mad and upset and started to chase him again.

“I’m smarter.... you can’t catch me...”

The little iguana headed towards a rocky hill, still with the snakes behind him. “Why don’t you give up, you rotten snakes! Why don’t you let me go? I’m only a little iguana."

They came to a place where there were a lot of gaps between the rocks. “Okay, see if you can get me on the other side of this crevice. And this one.” The little iguana sprang and sprang again.

Of course the snakes couldn’t get over the crevices and fell between the gaps.

“Yay, you lose! I win!”

“Ooh, that was sooo close! Hey, where am I now? Am I ... ?” The little iguana looked around, recognized the place and saw a familiar face.

“Hi mum, I’m back!”


  • VokVok Posts: 1,293 ✭✭✭
    I vividly remember this scene from the documentary @april . It's both mesmerizing and daunting. It still keeps me on the edge of my seat, even though I've already known how it pans out.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2018
    What a lovely description @april.

    David Attenborough filmed a pride of lions attacking a giraffe - the same story, the giraffe happily escaped, not without inflicting some harm on her predators (giraffes are cool at kickboxing).

    Would you like to write another transcription?


  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,829 mod
    Thank you, @mheredge .

    I'll try to write, and I hope you won't mind to do some corrections. :D
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    Not at all and I look forward to reading it @april.
  • YellowtailYellowtail Posts: 822 ✭✭✭✭
    I wonder why I cheer the iguana, even though the snakes also struggle to hunt it for their survival.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    However much I love the big cats, I also cheer when their prey escapes @Yellowtail.
  • VokVok Posts: 1,293 ✭✭✭
    I remember I was taken aback by how a jaguar in one episode of the series attacks a crocodile and crushes its skull effortlessly or at least it seemed so. If I'd been asked who was going to win, I would have said a crocodile hands down.
  • learnlotsoflearnlotsof Posts: 57 ✭✭
    Oh, the iguana video seems science fiction with that music and the way of filming , it seems like life on Mars.
    Regarding to the wrote story, very good, fun, a great imaginaton to accompany the images. :) :) ;)
  • learnlotsoflearnlotsof Posts: 57 ✭✭
    Regarding the giraffe, another great sample of wild life.
    Good idea to publish videos and about them write stories.
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    The jaguar has sharp teeth and claws, and I would think is much more agile @Vok. I think few animals are defeated by the big cats, though elephants take some beating.
  • filauziofilauzio Genoa ( Italy )Posts: 1,919 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I confess the movie about the iguana being chased by the snakes was breathtaking thrilling, it held me on the edge of the seat all way through it.

    Thank you @april for your excellent script which could be held a professional movie script.

    Especially I appreciated the line where you account for a crucial fact when the iguana finally made it to escape the snakes:

    ' Of course the snakes couldn’t get over the crevices and fell between the gaps... '

    I hadn't grasped it from the movie, so you made it clear to me.
    glad to stop strict diet, splashed in belly flop? Don't care you're not light, here on English hop !
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    Well the python in both these clips seems to be able to get one up over alligators.

  • VokVok Posts: 1,293 ✭✭✭
    These videos make my skin crawl @mheredge .
  • mheredgemheredge Posts: 39,129 ✭✭✭✭
    They are pretty gobsmacking @Vok. It's one thing when a tiger chases and brings down a deer but when it's a fight to the death like this, it does make the skin crawl.
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