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The spectacular, nail-biting scene of a baby iguana chased by ravenous snakes

La sequenza, contenuta in un episodio della serie della Bbc Planet Earth II, è già ritenuta una delle scene più belle nella storia dei documentari.

The scene features all the typical elements of an action movie, characterised by the conflict between a positive hero and different antagonists. So here’s a baby marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus), a herd of racer snakes (Pseudalsophis biserialis) and a nail-biting, spectacular chase scene. However, this is not a movie. It’s reality.

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Marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) are native to the Galapagos islands and the only existing “marine” lizard © In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images

Closer to wildlife

The documentary features one baby marine iguana surrounded by tens of racer snakes – a venomous species that feeds on birds, small reptiles and mammals. During the month of June, baby iguanas hatch. They emerge from the sand and sometimes end up being eaten by snakes. But that wasn’t the fate of our iguana hero that, with its awkward and funny gait, escapes predators, giving life to a spectacular agility and conservation instinct. The amazing video has been filmed on Fernandina Island, in the Galapagos archipelago, and is part of Planet Earth II, a BBC’s documentary series narrated by naturalist Sir David Attenborough. Planet Earth II has been launched ten years after the first season and, thanks to the incredible technological improvements, allows us observing wildlife as we have never done before.

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