National Geographic : 1997 Aug
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC o~Television Image Not Available BELINDA WR IGH T, DRK PHOTO AUGUST 1997 • EXPLORER, AUG. 24, 7 P.M. ET One SSSStrike and You're Out World's largest venomous snake, a king cobra devours its poi- soned prey, a rat snake already dissolving from the inside out. One bite from this legendary serpent, which can stretch more than 15 feet, can deliver enough venom to kill a hundred people. EXPLORER's "King Cobra" takes a close, unprecedented look at the life of this terrifying snake. Produced in part by Rom Whitaker, director of the Center for Herpetology in Madras, the film follows a king cobra in his domain, the rain forest of Kerala state in southern India. In a sequence never before filmed, the king cobra encoun- ters a rival, and the two snakes duel. Our cobra is forced out of the forest to a nearby tea plantation, where one glimpse of the king in their midst panics workers. Whitaker captures the errant snake and releases him deep in the forest. Just as the monsoon breaks, a clutch of baby king cobras emerge from their eggs in a nest of leaves. Sighting its first prey, one of the young cobras rears up, spreading its neck ribs to form a hood in a threatening display. The next generation is ready to strike. • PROGRAM GUIDE National Geographic Specials NBC. See local listings. National Geographic EXPLORER TBS. Sundays, 7 p.m. ET. Children's Programming Really Wild Animals. Disney Channel. Weekends. National Geographic Videos and Kids Videos Call 1-800-627-5162.