Snakes are notorious for being some of the deadliest animals in the world. Vipers stand out not only for being particularly vicious, but also for their astonishing physical characteristics and adaptive features. In addition to heat-sensing pit▼ organs, vipers also hold the title for having the longest fangs of any snake species. Viper Queens on National Geographic Channel (NGC) is a new documentary that follows three female vipers from the desert of the American Southwest to the jungles and plains of Africa. Get up close and personal with the snakes as the footage▼ reveals their daily habits, as well as the challenges they face, and the unique advantages they have as slithering▼, venomous monarchs▼ of the animal kingdom.
There's Velvet, the Gaboon viper, who dwells on the jungle floor and has the virtue of patience. She can remain motionless▼ for long periods while waiting for her prey▼. Gaboon vipers are known for having the longest fangs in the snake kingdom. Velvet's story is contrasted with those of Nala, a puff adder▼, one of Africa's most dangerous snakes, and Thelma, a rattlesnake▼ viper. These deadly predators▼ make for fascinating viewing, as the documentarians film them hunting, eating, giving birth, mating, and fighting off any hostile visitors.
Seeing the world of snakes shot in extreme close-ups might gross out some viewers, but Viper Queens is a chance to see unprecedented▼ interactions in the wild. The filmmakers also include dissections▼ of snake bodies that detail how the animals have adapted to thrive in their environments. Make sure you check out Viper Queens when it premieres▼ on NGC and pay homage to the queen of the snakes!