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If you’ve got little kids, you won’t take much convincing that reptiles are just plain cool. Alligators! Crocodiles! Snakes! And cute turtles, to boot! Not only are these animals an important part of our biological heritage (been in touch with your reptilian brain lately?), but they are also major players in our cultural heritage, from the Garden of Eden to Aesop’s fables and classic children’s literature. So enjoy these videos with your kids, which help our reptile cousins come alive. (Note: videos about dinosaurs are available here.)
The Best Streaming Videos on Reptiles
1. Nature Adventures: Behind the Scenes at Reptile Gardens
Length: 27 minutes
2. Wildlife Journal Junior: Tracking Blanding’s Turtle
The elusive, yellow-necked Blanding's turtle is one of New Hampshire's rarest, oldest, and best-traveled reptiles. The turtles continue to survive in a valuable wetland habitat that is constantly changing—and often at risk.
Length: 8 minutes
3. National Geographic: Super Croc
Length: 95 minutes
4. The Jeff Corwin Experience: Season, 1 Episode 15: ‘Snake-tacular’
In this popular Animal Planet series, animal and nature conservationist Jeff Corwin gets up close and personal with some of the world's most interesting animals. This episode is dedicated to Jeff’s favorite Animal: snakes!
Length: 43 minutes
5. Turtle: The Incredible Journey
Attempting a perilous odyssey its ancestors have undertaken for millions of years, one loggerhead turtle swims from a beach in Florida across the Atlantic Ocean, encountering stunning sea creatures as well as serious hazards created by modern man.
Length: 79 minutes
6. Dangerous Encounters with Brady Barr
Join reptile expert Brady Barr as he travels the planet in search of elusive—and often dangerous—endangered species. Season 1 of this National Geographic series takes Barr to Borneo, the Philippines, and China on a quest for rare crocodilians. He also tracks down seven of the world's most dangerous snakes, goes face-to-face with the Komodo dragon, tries to obtain sweat from a wild hippo, and wrestles a twelve-foot python in Indonesia.
Length: Eleven 45-minute episodes
7. Jeff Corwin: Desert Tortoise
Length: 2 minutes
8. Jeff Corwin: Green Rattle Snake
Length: 3 minutes