Iguana vs snakes, via Planet Earth II

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I found myself screaming & cheering out loud for this guy.
“It’s hard to find people who were cheering on the snakes of Fernandina island during Sunday night’s episode of Planet Earth II. In the standout scene of the show, one baby iguana, just hatched, starts its run as dozens of chaser snakes emerge, like ropes thrown out of the rocks, slaloming across the shingle, red tongues zipping and unzipping mouth holes.” — Via
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37 thoughts on “Iguana vs snakes, via Planet Earth II

  1. Its pretty remarkable to see how a new born iguana escaped from all those snakes. For a second i thought the snakes had him, but the iguanas survival instincts kicked in, and instincts which he wasnt taught but was born with. That just goes to show how important dna is, it gives us tools that we might not necessarily learn and already have and the only thing we have to do is unlock it and learn from it.

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  2. The lizard almost didn’t get away! And to think this happens countless of times every single day. It was impressive to see how the group of snakes planned their attack and how all of them came out once the lizard noticed it was being attacked. The new born lizard, on the other hand, somehow outsmarted its predators with pure instincts! If he were a fraction of a second slower, he would’ve been as good as dead. There were plenty of times where the lizard almost didn’t get away, but his natural instincts earned him another chance at life. What a nerve wrecking”battle”! Another example of animals fighting in nature is shown in the video linked here: https://youtu.be/Jupr_hLO9BQ . Here, a male penguin begins to fight another male penguin once it notices that it is with its partner. They engage in a fight that takes a bloody turn.

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  3. I find it very impressive how the iguana managed to escape from those snakes, considering they were very fast and were a lot of them; one of the most interesting parts, for me, is that this is actually a marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus). One sees the video and only notices how it got away, but what one does not really observe is how the iguana uses its environment as an advantage. Of course, iguanas don’t have the ability to reason, but they sure are clever enough; at first, the iguana stays still, knowing that those snakes’ eyesight is not that accurate, and tries to avoid the chase. As soon as the iguana knows it’s in trouble, it sprints off using its four wide legs, which would help the iguana cover more distance than if it ran in two legs only. What I found most interesting is how the iguana knew it had to use its climbing skills (instincts, as Ignacio Rodriguez stated) to escape from those fast/quick snakes, also knowing that snakes are better sliders than they are climbers. I believe that that is what, in the end, prevented the iguana from being killed. I think the iguana owes its escape from the snakes to evolution, since that is what helped its species grow claws, so strong and fast legs, and the ability to climb so fast.

    Here I present a picture of the marine iguana who fortunately escaped the many snakes hungry for it: http://www.galapagos.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/marine-iguana.jpg

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  4. It was interesting to see how the newborn lizard carefully observed his surroundings as he knew something was close to him. As soon as he felt the snake he started running as fast as he could trying to survive. A lot of snakes were after him, they caught the lizard one time but they were tangled with each other and the lizard managed to escape, running toward the rocks, which he climbed and jumped through, escaping from the snakes, since they cannot jump through rocks because of their sliding. (As it is seen on the video the snakes fall through the rocks.) As Ian said natural selection and evolution take a big role on this quarrel, giving the lizard legs to run, jump, climb… Giving rise to survival of the fittest as each organism compete to live and reproduce.

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  5. It is incredible how the new born iguana ran and eventually escaped from a bunch of iguanas chasing him. Like my peer Ignacio stated, no one taught the iguana how to run, how to jump, use techniques to escape from snakes, among others. It was all instinct and the magnificent molecule known as DNA. Organisms experience these type of scenes every day in the wildlife and the one with the most advantageous trait and luck survive. We see it in videos or in movies, but it is impressive to live like this, the combat between predator and prey, everyday of one’s life. Thanks to evolution organisms have the adequate traits to combat and do not catch them as surprise how they have to react when another organism attacks them. It is very amazing how the wildlife works and here is a video of fights between predators and prey.

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  6. I find it astounding that living beings can easily adapt to a new environment and surroundings thanks to their DNA. By having instincts ingrained in its genetic material, the newborn iguana was able to defeat a whole nest of snakes. Its ancestors passed through each of nature’s unique “experiments” to be able to finally reach a moment like this, a glorious victory. Of course, not all survived, but through the process of natural selection these species have become capable of taking extreme situations like these and thriving by using every factor to their advantage. You can see throughout the video that there are many times when the snakes appear to have won, but, ultimately, the iguana’s instincts kick in and it’s able to save its life time and time again. Speed, agility, quick thinking, and even having perfect timing when jumping, add into the amazing battle shown in the article above.

    This video offers a 360 view of what’s it’s like not only during the hatching of the iguanas (and how great their camouflage is when they pass through the gray volcanic rocks) but also takes a look at other species living in Fernandina Island. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG3l7VxaNcc

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  7. I found myself in so much tension while seeing this video, I repeated it several times. It was so impressive and amazing. Iguanas like this one deal with dangers everyday. They are born surrounded by predators and temperatures are also really high. These and other factors threaten their life. I believe that the iguana won the battle because it used survival instinct, that most organisms posses to compete and survive. But also, seeing the iguana’s strength, resistance, velocity and the way that it was able to escape from the snakes implies that through evolution and natural selection these creatures have become stronger, faster and more capable. They have adapted to their life in order to survive. This video also shows that nature is a cycle and in my opinion quite fair. Not always something miraculous like this will happen however, the fact that it did… is astonishing.
    This link has a brief information of land and marine iguanas:
    http://www.galapagos.org/about_galapagos/about-galapagos/biodiversity/reptiles/
    I also found this quote and thought it to be relatable:
    ” Life is an instinct for growth, for survival, for accumulation of forces, for power.”-Friedrich Nietzsche.

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  8. I recently watched this video about a week ago and caught my attention because it is so fascinating how the lizard, even though having very low chances of survival, made it out alive. This shows one of the many inexplicable things about life, trusting your instinct. The lizard was a new born and knew very few about the ways of life and all the difficulties placed in front of us by mother nature and yet, it trusted its instinct by jumping, speed running, and even squirming to get out of the snakes’ grip and it was also able to get away alive. This lizard didn’t know what to do, how to react, and even where to go, but he trusted its instinct that is within every animal and it is yet so hard to explain or to understand. For me, watching how this lizard trusted its instinct and made it out alive is what makes this video so great.

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  9. After watching this very intense high speed chase I was full of stress and relief because the baby iguana somehow managed to escape what seemed like an impossible scenario. Even though the iguana had no past experiences of survival in the world, an animals instincts are not developed or learned, you are born with them. The iguana’s instincts told him to run and jump from all threats until he reached a safe spot, in this case its threat was a group of chaser snakes. Another example of an animals instincts being put to the test is hibernation. For example the ground squirrel makes a very deep burrow in the ground were there is heat, and hibernates through the winter period. A video of a ground squirrel in hibernation: https://www.britannica.com/animal/ground-squirrel/images-videos/During-winter-ground-squirrels-hibernate-in-deep-underground-burrows/16526

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  10. This video probably gave me one of the most intense and stressful feelings I have ever experienced. Nature is a really fascinating, yet strange and cruel place. I find it uncomforting how this iguana went through such a life threatening experience right after being born; maybe like a welcome to Earth gift, some might say. It is amazing how this baby lizard, having no life experience at all, used its natural animal instincts combined with extreme athleticism and managed to survive over 20 snakes attacking all at the same time. The first time I saw this video I gave one of the loudest cheers I have ever done, after all, it really is an amazing video!

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  11. I really dislike iguanas but this video got me cheering for it. I find it amazing how just after being born the iguana manage to survive its first life threatening challenge.I found this quote said by Les Brown that states the following:” We are born with a certain degree of power. The key to success is discovering this innate power and using it daily to deal with whatever challenges come our way.” And that exactly is what the iguana did.
    Here are some interesting facts about this specie of iguanas: https://www.redmangrove.com/11-curious-facts-about-galapagos-marine-iguanas/

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  12. I had seen this video barely five days ago on twitter and I must say it’s completely amazing. Noticing how animals, such as humans, have that desire to live and that instinct to save themselves. Now, I have to point out that not all animals are as lucky as this little lizard. Nature has a food chain that sadly all animals suffer from, and some more than others. But watching as this little guy gets free of the only snakes able to catch him and run for his life to safety, that is the impresive part. In truth, the only thing that saved this lizard from his death was luck.

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  13. Amazing. I never expected the newborn iguana to get away from all the snakes, I call that fate. “Survivors aren’t always the strongest; sometimes they’re the smartest, but more often simply the luckiest.” The hype of having your life hanging by a thread can lead to things that you never could’ve thought were possible. This little lizard ran and jumped faster and higher than ever in order to save itself from death.

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  14. Before i start off, let me say that this iguana isn’t a quitter, all odds where against him, there were many snakes,he was newborn and he was in a place where he had nowhere to run except to climb some rocks far away. First, he ran with all his might to live while a whole squadron of snakes followed him, there were so many that it seemed impossible to escape but he ran nonetheless, and because of the huge number of snakes, later in the video, he got cought and the snakes started to squeeze. Alas! I feared the worst but a sliver of luck came and he managed to slip away and started to climb the rocks. Here’s where i think he wasn’t lucky and i sincerely think he was so smart that he started climbing the rocks because snakes cant slide up the rocks nor jump. So as he kept climbing and snakes biting him from behind, he reached the end and had a huge leap of faith and jumped onto a high rock to safety of other iguanas. I learned from this iguana that i have to try my best and be smart and even if everything seems lost, luck could help me out! Truly, nature is the best movie, drama and thriller. I had chills watching this intense video.

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  15. Nature is absolutely breathtaking. Watching this video was very stressful, that baby iguana got very lucky, I thought it was going to be impossible for the iguana to escape seeing there were so many snakes going at it and so quickly. It’s impressive to see how animals have very keen instincts even at such early stages, the baby lizard knew by instinct that in order to not be seen by the snakes he had to be very still but once he noticed that wasn’t working he instantly started running and was able to get away successfully.

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  16. This has been one of the most stressful, intense, heart racing videos I have ever seen. That iguana is very lucky to have survived that. There were so many snakes, and when I saw the iguana was caught by the snakes I thought, “that’s it, the iguana is dead,” but I was so happy to see it escape and run away, but when the video showed the iguana climbing up the rocks with a snake so close to it, I got so stressed. But it escaped in the end, and I’m happy for it. But, unfortunately, nature is all about survival of the fittest, and the youngest have to learn the hard way to survive. The iguana is lucky to be alive, but it won’t be the last time that happens to it and, sadly, there is the possibility that it will not survive next time. But the video was very impressive, and I think that it gave us an insight into just how rough, and sometimes unfair, nature can be. This video I found shows a similar situation between a zebra and a lion.

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  17. This video kept me on my feet. All through this video the tension was high until the very end when the iguana was finaly safe from the snakes. Watching the iguana flee away from the snakes was very impressive, I never would have imagine that a baby iguana would be able to escape all the snakes. This demonstrates how powerful insticts. In the video it is mentioned that the snakes eyes are not great but they sense movement very easily with this fact alone we might think that if the iguana would have stayed completely still the snake would just have passed over its tail and “think” it was just another rock but fear overcomes all and once the snake touched the iguana, it fled and ran away to safety.

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  18. This fascinating video shows us how nature doesn’t make it easy for animals, newborn or not, to survive. Any animal must learn to use its instincts and adapt to its environment as quickly as it can. I don’t think it was fair for the newborn iguana to be in its position, but in the animal world, the rule is eat or be eaten. The following video shows a different case where the animal successfully escapes its predator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0RHSX_9c-U&t=29s

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  19. Just as a predator possesses excellent senses to find and capture their prey, the prey develop a defensive tactic to avoid being captured. This video provides an example of how these adaptations give the prey an advantage against enemies. The following video demonstrates another instant in which the prey escapes the predator: https://youtu.be/H0RHSX_9c-U

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  20. This is the first time i hoped an iguana should not face death. Its incredible how dozens of racer snakes tried to outrun the marine iguana and still could not manage kill its prey. It is evident that the youngster possesses great instinct and the technique to dodge the predator and sprint uphill through the rocky Galápagos shore. I thought the iguana faced its last moments when the non venomous snakes constricted the little guy but proved me wrong and manage to escape the chasers death lock. We all cheered for the iguana but we should keep in mind that the snakes are also organisms with the same purpose of the iguana, TO SURVIVE! Yes i’m happy for the iguana because it will live another day but also feel bad because the snakes used lots of energy and left hungry. But reality is that only the strongest dominates, and the iguana prevailed in this case.
    For better understanding click on the link for a quick summary of the species and its history
    http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/marine-iguana/

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  21. Two main concepts of life are shown in this incredible video, instincts and evolution. The instinct of the iguana is speed, a trait where the snake lacks of. Nature is explained as: the survival of the fittest, and because of the iguana’s speed, it survived. Genes take huge part in the iguana’s response to the snake’s attack, and through evolution we can see these iguanas, after millions of years, changed phenotypes. In my opinion, this was an incredible video showing us about the stressful and impressive way of living in nature.

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  22. It is truly amazing how the newly hatched iguana is able to react to such situations with the snake in a matter of minutes of being born. The iguana’s instinct was rapidly used and was able to escape the snakes. The footage is like an action movie chase which makes one very anxious to see who wins at the end. This shows how animals natural instincts kick in and how they are able to survive or adapt to deadly situations even though some survive and others don’t. The video also portrays the evolution of the iguana that have become stronger, more agile and faster, which enabled it to escape its predator. The following videos demonstrates how the prey try to escape their predators:

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  23. I found it very stressful to see this video, of the baby iguana escaping the grasp of about a dozen of snakes that wanted to bite at it; an iguana using its instincts to fight off the predators. I found it extremely impressive how nature works, to make that iguana run, and for its natural instincts to kick in. An instinct is nature’s way of trying to make us survive this world filled with predators, etc. But also nature has a way of guaranteeing that the strongest survive, that is natural selection through evolution. I love how evolution and instincts are so correlated and have to do with one another, in every aspect. I found this video extremely impressive and interesting.

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  24. This video gave me way too much anxiety for such a short span jaja. I wondered why the iguana was in a snake field to begin with and read that it lives on the rocks just near water, but they lay eggs. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/green-iguana/
    Obviously they cant lay eggs on rocks so they have to go and lay eggs under the soil, and when the eggs hatch, the babies will have to cross the snake field to join their parents. It’s astonishing how intricate these survival instincts are since birth and not something that is learned through experiences.

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  25. Such a short video but so much suspense had me on the edge of my seat!! This remarkable video shows the iguanas instinctual flee for safety after being hatched on the sandy edge. Assisted by what many believe was luck this baby iguana never gave up and bobbed and weaved its way around snakes and climbed the jagged rocks on its way to safety. What’s amazing is how no one told this iguana what to do, it just knew it. Goes to show to what extent animal instinct reins over what they do and think. But it also makes me wonder when instincts aren’t enough. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cOMjZWJyog

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  26. This video was just amazing, I never thought that the baby iguana would actually escape. This short clip was a perfect example of how natural selection works. Nature randomly sets the conditions for the organisms to survive and in this case, the baby iguana showed to be one of the strong organisms and therefore, nature selected in favor of it. The lucky escape of this iguana is the result of evolution through many years, where they have developed agile legs to run fast and make high leaps. With the help of these traits, the baby iguana will be able to reproduce later on and pass these traits to its offspring; not without first overcoming the other obstacles that nature has for the iguana of course. Below there is a link showing how the flying fish, an outstanding organism, has developed traits to escape for prey.

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  27. Natural selection, as mentioned previously, is the mechanism by which nature chooses favorable traits in an organism in order for it to adapt better. This goes hand-in-hand with the term “survival of the fittest”, which is a constant race between species and predator-prey relationships. In this video, the iguana successfully runs away from its predator. This is a bad thing for the snakes, because marine iguanas are apparently evolving to become faster and more agile, therefore the snake becomes weak and its chances of survival decrease. The lizard’s powerful limbs and claws for climbing and holding onto rocks proves that evolution of morphology is necessary for the survival of the species.

    Sources: https://www.fastcompany.com/3068093/heres-the-story-behind-that-scary-iguana-vs-snakes-planet-earth-ii-clip
    http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-1-4615-9781-0_7

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  28. This is natural selection at work. If iguanas would have evolved without claws, then the snakes would be too overpowered in comparison. This newborn iguana wouldn’t have made an escape if it wasn’t because of its claws. Nature must always keep the playing field as fair as possible to avoid the death of species and eventually of life itself. Diversity is key for life because it is harder for a wider variety of organisms to die from the same event than it would for only one form of life to die out from the same event. That is why in this case the iguana was successful but in others it will not be successful and the snake will win. Nature in itself must try to create a balance within evolutionary tendencies to avoid any one organism to reign supreme.
    Here is an example of the cons of what many would say is an amazing benefit:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e51TlGBTyVg

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