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The Most Extreme
Genre Nature documentary
Developed by Shelby Wilson
Country of origin New Zealand
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 77
Production
Running time 21 Minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Animal Planet
First shown in United States
Original run July 1, 2002 – Present
External links
Official website

The Most Extreme is a long-running documentary television series on the American cable television network, Animal Planet. It first aired on July 1, 2002. Each episode focuses on a specific animal feature, such as strength, speed, flirtation, appendages, diet, etc., and examines and ranks ten animals that portray extreme or unusual examples of that quality. The rankings are not arrived at by a scientifically rigorous process; they serve only to give a broad depiction.

Along with each animal on the countdown, the program presents a computer graphics segment which compares the animal's ability with something equivalent in humans by computer animation in green (in the short lived half hour mode, blue) also color of both logos, followed by an interview segment with people who share some common trait. For example, on the "Super Sharks" episode, the #1 animal was the Hammerhead shark, for its extreme senses of vision and smell, along with its ability to sense voltages as small as a half-billionth of a volt. This was then compared with a team of human hackers, including StankDawg, who were war-driving around a neighborhood and looking for faint wireless signals. Old, often public domain, cartoons, movie clips and trailers are often included.

The series is made in New Zealand by a small production team at NHNZ. As of March 2008, there have been 77 episodes. The termite has had the most #1 ratings but has only been in 15% of the top 10's.

The series airs in Australia on Channel Seven (first run) and on subscription channel Animal Planet (replays)

Contents

Episodes

Animals are listed in "countdown" rank, i.e., in reverse of the order in which they are introduced in each episode.

Season 1

Episode 1: Jumpers

  1. Flea–They can jump 220 times their own length and 150 times their own height. That's the equivalent to a human jumping over the Brooklyn Bridge and twice as high as the Statue of Liberty.
  2. Tree frog–Some species can jump 150 times their own length. That's the equivalent of a human jumping over the Titanic.
  3. Jumping spider–It can jump 100 times its own length, equivalent to a human jumping over two jumbo jets.
  4. Klipspringer–It can jump ten times its own height. If we were like a klipspringer, we could jump over the torch of the Statue of Liberty from the shoulder.
  5. Kangaroo rat–It can jump 45 times its body length. If they were as large as we are, they could clear a football field (90 m).
  6. Kangaroo–It is a very fast jumper; moving at 35 mph (56 km/h), it can sprint 100 metres in 4 seconds and leap 9.1 metres in the long jump.
  7. Locust–It jumps 20 times its own body length. They could clear a basketball court (29 m) if they were as large as humans are.
  8. Tibetan Bharal–They have to be good jumpers to fight on the edge of steep cliffs, and their hooves are built for it.
  9. Mexican jumping bean–The moth larva inside a jumping bean can make it twitch and flip.
  10. Rabbit–They can jump twice as far as the best Olympic jumpers.

Episode 2: Gluttons

  1. Caterpillar–The caterpillar can increase its weight 10,000 times in less than 20 days.
  2. Blue Whale–It has a large size as well as a large appetite.
  3. Hummingbird–It needs to eat every ten minutes and every day it consumes 2/3 of its body weight.
  4. Argentine horned frog–It literally bites off more than it can chew.
  5. Python–It can swallow something bigger than its head in a single gulp.
  6. Vampire bat–It has to drink more than its own weight in blood everyday just to survive. That would be like a human drinking a bathtub's worth of blood.
  7. Tasmanian Devil–It can eat 40% of its body weight in half an hour.
  8. Vulture–It has the deadliest diet of any animal: anthrax, botulism and cholera and can eat 20% of its body weight.
  9. Pig–It is known to be very greedy. However, they are only #9 in the countdown, for they have been known to be very picky eaters and actually have quite small stomachs.
  10. Tiger shark–They can take a bite out of shoes, wire, coal, salmon, tin cans, armor, deer antlers, license plates, and turtle shells.

Episode 3: Speed

  1. Tiger beetle–It can sprint at 8 mph (13 km/h)! If we were like the tiger beetle, we would be able to run at 307 mph (494 km/h).It's the fastest animal in the world in equivalent to body size. Runs so fast it goes blind
  2. Peregrine Falcon–It can dive at 200 mph (320 km/h).
  3. Cheetah–It is the fastest land animal reaching speeds of 71 mph (115 km/h).
  4. Cone snail–It is the fastest killer in the world.
  5. Mako shark–It is the fastest shark, reaching speeds of 30 mph (48 km/h).
  6. Ostrich–It's the fastest animal on two legs, reaching speeds of 46 mph (74 km/h).
  7. Alpheidae–They could beat the best gunslingers in the west with their strike.
  8. Hare–They are twice as fast as an Olympic sprinter.
  9. Worm–Worms are the fastest legless invertebrate. It moves at 53 feet (16 m) per hour through solid ground.
  10. Basilisk–Its feet move so fast, that it can run on water at 3.3 mph (5.4 km/h).

Episode 4: Births

  1. Tapeworm–Each section of its body can grow up to be a new tapeworm and can give produce a million offspring a day.
  2. Termite–The queen can give lay 30,000 eggs a day.
  3. Aphid–The young are pregnant before they are born. If all aphids survive, there would be one octillion aphids. That would cover the United States 14 ft (4.3 m) deep in aphids.
  4. Nine-banded Armadillo–It can give birth to identical quadruplets and postpone pregnancy for three years!
  5. Surinam toad–It can carry 100 young on its back.
  6. Whale–A young blue whale is the size of a small car.
  7. Rabbit–They can start a new family every month.
  8. Kiwi–The egg is 25% of the mother's body weight.
  9. Seahorse–It is the male who gives birth.
  10. Tasmanian Devil–In a single litter, it can give birth to 30 pups, but only four survive.

Episode 5: Cheats

  1. Female Cuckoo–Lays her egg in Reed Warbler's nest, so the mother Reed Warbler takes care of a chick ten times as heavy as she is.
  2. Orangutan–It has found a way to escape the rain: put a leaf on top of its head.
  3. Opossum–It can play dead for six hours.
  4. Monkey–In India, monkeys are a complete nuisance and steal food, water, and other stuff.
  5. Female Firefly–To get food, female fireflies attract males with their bioluminescence. When the male arrives, the female ambushes and eats him.
  6. Alligator Snapping Turtle–Their tongue looks like a worm, so it attracts fish.
  7. Caterpillar–It can disguise itself as many things, even dung to fool predators.
  8. Chameleon–They can't be seen with their amazing camouflage. They are only No. 8 because they can't change color on everything.
  9. RatCheats its way into human lives.
  10. Fox–It steals various types of bird eggs and then uses rocks to break the shell.

Episode 6: Survivors

  1. Water bear–It can survive temperatures as low as −328 °F (−200.0 °C), temperatures as high as 303 °F, 1000 times more radiation than any animal, can lose 99% of the water in its body, 120 years without water, and can even also survive in a vacuum like that found in space.
  2. Weta–It can stay frozen for months without frostbite, even when all heart and brain activity ceases and it loses 99% of the water in its body.
  3. Male Emperor Penguin–Males have to survive in -70 °C temperatures for 65 days with an egg balanced on their toes with winds of 100 mph (160 km/h)!
  4. Polar bear–They can survive the winter without answering to the call of nature.
  5. Giant tube worm–They can survive thousands of feet below water in toxic waste, with its bottom in near freezing water, and its head in boiling water.
  6. Cockroach–It can survive heavy doses of radiation, poison and nine days without its head.
  7. Guanaco–It thrives at 20,000 feet above sea level without getting sick.
  8. Gannet–It is the only kind of animal that can crash into water at a speed of 90 mph (120 km/h) and survive.
  9. Rat–They have flexible bones that make it capable of surviving of falling down from the second floor of a building. They are immune to large amounts of poison too.
  10. Dromedary Camel–It can lose 40% of its body weight in water, and survive without drinking water for eight days.

Episode 7: Fighters

  1. Ant–Ants are devastating warriors. Nothing stands in their way. If a scout sees an opposing colony, the ants send out workers, and they try to calculate their advantage and can only lose when they make a mistake in calculating, because they will never fight a war they think they cannot lose. A group of Asian Ants make the ultimate sacrifice by rupturing glands on its abdomen to explode themselves releasing toxic substances at the enemy. They are the greatest militaryforce the world has ever known!
  2. Betta–If you put two males in the same tank, they'll use their sharp teeth to rip each other to shreds.
  3. Tasmanian Devil–They are very aggressive, contributing to fighting.
  4. Ring-tailed Lemur–They can shoot stink bombs at enemies!
  5. Muskox–Musk oxen can repeat head bangs up to 20 times at 20 mph (32 km/h).
  6. Polar Bear–It can take down something three times its own weight.
  7. Praying Mantis–A kung fu technique was named after this animal. They can also stand up to something much bigger than they are.
  8. Male Elephant Seal–The males fight a bloody battle for over 50 females!
  9. Bombardier beetle–Rockets missile-type weapons at over 700 times a second at threats.
  10. Lion–For thousands of years, lions were a worthy opponent for even the strongest men.

Episode 8: Builders

  1. Termite–A human sized termite can make a building bigger than the Empire State Building relative to its size, with only dirt, dung and saliva.
  2. Beaver–It builds its own huge dams.
  3. Bee–They carefully build witty hives.
  4. Nautilus–They build their own underwater mobile home that can withstand being under 1,500 ft (460 m) of water pressure.
  5. Caddisfly–Their larvae can build jewelry!
  6. Prairie Dog–They can build underground canals that can stretch over a mile!
  7. Spider–They build silk that is five times stronger than steel!
  8. Male Bowerbird–The male builds the most decorative house to attract a mate.
  9. Orangutan–They build beds every night.
  10. Gray tree frog–When they mate, the female creates a bubbly home that hangs on a cliff. After that, the eggs fall on the bubbly home, and then after hatching, they fall into a small body of water. It's only #10 because it doesn't last very long.

Episode 9: Horrors

  1. Roundworm–They can live inside your body for up to 30 years.
  2. Snake–Snakes frighten more people than any other animal in the world.
  3. Killer Bee–People are afraid of swarms.
  4. Spider–It causes arachnophobia in lots of people.
  5. Bat–Many cultures say that bats are associated with vampires.
  6. Shark–Sharks are the most feared predators of the sea.
  7. Bear–Bears are a camper's worst nightmare. They are only #7 because teddy bears are popular stuffed animals.
  8. Piranha–People are afraid of going swimming in the Amazon River for many reasons, but this fish are probably the main ones.
  9. Mouse–The program stated that one in three American women have a fear for mice.
  10. Wolf–The wolf's howl scares people during the night. It is only #10 because it is more scared of us than we are of them.

Episode 10: Thinkers

  1. Kea–Can mimic human speech and some can even understand what they are mimicking, can solve the best puzzle, and even have the intelligence of the average six-year-old!
  2. Chimpanzee–They can use many tools to get food. They also have the intelligence of the average four-year-old and have escaped a jail cell in the past.
  3. Dolphin–They have psychic powers, according to the show, and near human intelligence.
  4. Octopus–Octopuses are the most intelligent invertebrates. Baby octopuses have to teach themselves how to survive in the wild within a little over a year.
  5. Crow–They are very clever. For example, a crow uses the crosswalk as their own nutcracker.
  6. Japanese Macaque–They are very quick learners. For example, one macaque (or snow monkey) was said to have seen a group of people bathing in hot pools in Japan, and after thirty years, the whole troop has learned to do so! One Macaque washed its food in seawater, and so other troop members followed.
  7. Horse–It has been known to communicate through various arrays of sign language.
  8. Pig–It can paint a picture and recognize different tastes!
  9. Bee–It communicates by dancing.
  10. Dog–It can understand a few hundred words and phrases.

Episode 11: Strength

  1. Rhinoceros Beetle–It can lift 850 times its own weight. That would be like a human lifting a tank!
  2. Elephant–Its trunk can hold up to 600 pounds and carry 20,000 pounds.
  3. Leafcutter ant–It can lift 50 times its own weight. That would be like a human lifting a truck!
  4. Tiger–It can carry a full grown cow up a ten foot fence.
  5. Gaur–It can carry 2,000 pounds across rugged terrain.
  6. Eagle–They can carry four times their weight during flight.
  7. Anaconda–It can squeeze something its own weight to death.
  8. Gorilla–It can lift 4,600 pounds, the equivalent of two family cars.
  9. Mussel–It sticks to the sea floor with strong glue-like secretions.
  10. Brown Bear–Brown bears are the heavyweight champion of the mountains, lifting 1,200 lb (540 kg).

Episode 12: Lovers

  1. Redback spider The female needs a meal to nourish her young, so after mating, she kills and eats the male.
  2. Kakapo–This lonely bird calls for a mate using his low call.
  3. Garter snake–The snake cheats his way into love's nest by pretending to be female in severely harsh weather. Even being frozen can't cool the hearts of them.
  4. Rhinoceros–Males search for female urine and the female has been reputed to test its potential for days.
  5. Demoiselle Crane–When they find a mate, they start dancing.
  6. Mussel–They have a symbiotic relationship with a fish.
  7. Male Peacock–His tail attracts a perfect mate.
  8. Female Crested Black Macaque–Her huge red buttocks attracts mates.
  9. Whiptail Lizard–The species is 100% female.
  10. Tasmanian Devil–Mating is more like fighting for a male and female.

Episode 13: Biters

  1. Cookiecutter shark–Cookiecutter sharks have the biggest teeth in the world. They have been known to bite whales and nuclear submarines.
  2. Hippopotamus–It can open its jaw up to 170° and snap a crocodile in half.
  3. Komodo Dragon–Its saliva has four kinds of deadly bacteria, and can paralyze its prey with one bite.
  4. Dog–Dogs bite 4,700,000 Americans per year.
  5. Vampire Bat–Vampire bats draw blood out of the toughest skin.
  6. Crocodile–The Crocodile's bite has been measured at 3,000 lbf/in², the strongest of any animal.
  7. Funnel-web spider–Their enormous fangs inject paralyzing venom deep into their prey.
  8. Snake–Venomous snakes have long fangs and venom.
  9. Naked Mole Rat–Its incisor bite can go through a cement wall little by little.
  10. Mosquito–Females have the most deadly bite in the world, killing over 2.7 million people a year with over 100 diseases; the most common is malaria.

Season 2

Episode 14: Moms

  1. Female Sea louse–While she gives birth, her offspring split her apart, and she dies.
  2. Female Octopus–She stays with 50,000 eggs for six weeks (incubation period), but when the eggs hatch, she is already dead from starvation or is too weak to fight off predators, so they kill her.
  3. Female Elephant Seal–She puts on an extra 600 pounds while being pregnant, and starves until the pups are born.
  4. Female Hornbill–She must stay in a little cave with rambunctious young for three months.
  5. Female Orangutan–She builds a bed every night for her and her youngster.
  6. Female Cheetah–She teaches her rambunctious young how to hunt. Deals with bad kids for two years.
  7. Female Polar Bear–She loses 30% of her bodyweight in hibernation.
  8. Female Alligator–She keeps her young in her mouth while going over rivers to protect them from potential predators.
  9. Female Koala–Feed its dung to young to keep them healthy.
  10. Female Elephant–She gives birth to a 300 lb (140 kg) baby after a 22-month pregnancy.

Episode 15: Dads

  1. Male Seahorse–The dad gives birth to the young.
  2. Male Penguin–The males spend 65 days in the cold Antarctic landscape with an egg balanced on his toes while waiting for the females to return with food.
  3. Male Frog–Puts his young in its mouth to protect them from predators.
  4. Male Jacana–Has to keep taking care of eggs, because the female squashes them.
  5. Male Stickleback–Builds a house with kidney glue, and fans eggs with fins.
  6. Male Rhea–He spends 40 days and nights looking after his eggs, and after that, spends two years taking care of them.
  7. Male Giant Water Bug–Carries 700 young on its back.
  8. Male Golden Jackal–Only animal known to babysit regularly.
  9. Male Antechinus–The male dies right after mating.
  10. Male Lion–The male takes care of 20 cubs.Only #10 due to his laziness.

Episode 16: Venom

  1. Box jellyfish–The box jellyfish can kill you in less than ten minutes, and a drop of venom can kill 50 men.
  2. Sea Snake–One drop of venom can kill 200 men.
  3. Cone SnailParalyzes prey with venom. Fastest Killer in the world.
  4. Blue-ringed Octopus–One octopus can kill ten men.
  5. Stonefish–Has 12 to 14 poisonous dorsal spines, which can sometimes cause a coma. The most venomous fish in the world!
  6. Scorpion–Scorpions kill over 1,000 people a year from venom.
  7. Honey bee–300 bee stings can kill a human.
  8. Gila Monster–Its teeth contain venom; the more it pierces, the more venom it puts into you.
  9. Male Platypus–The male has a venomous spine.
  10. Stingray–Dangerous when the stinger pierces your skin.

Episode 17: Disguise

  1. Octopus–It can change the color, shape, and texture of its skin in less than a second! It can also mimic a flounder, a sea snake, and a lionfish!
  2. Insect–It can transform into what appears to be three different animals.Ant then scorpion then a stick.
  3. Sea Dragon–Camouflages itself into the background of algae.
  4. Caterpillar–Some can disguise themselves as bird droppings.
  5. Hognose Snake–Tricks predators by playing dead and secreting a rancid smell that will even fool the hungriest flies.
  6. Spider crab–Its mobile home provides great camouflage. *Note that the crab actually shown is the decorator crab.
  7. Sea Snake–Creates an illusion to fool predators.
  8. Fox–It has great natural camouflage for both the summer and winter to escape predators such as polar bears.
  9. Lyrebird–They use their calls to imitate over 20 bird calls.
  10. Leopard–Their spots make them almost invisible in the Himalayan Mountains.

Episode 18: Swarms

  1. Argentine ant–Their empire stretches from Italy to Spain, containing millions of nests filled with billions of ants and they're all related.
  2. Krill–One swarm can cover 173 square miles.
  3. Locust–There can be up to 40 billion in a swarm.
  4. Butterfly–20,000 butterflies can be on a leaf, 220 million can be in a swarm and they can migrate 150,000,000,000 body lengths.
  5. Jellyfish–Millions of Palau jellyfish can swarm across Jellyfish Lake.
  6. Red crab–There can be up to 120 million individuals in a swarm to party.
  7. Bat–20 million bats can hang on the ceiling.
  8. Reindeer–There can be three million reindeer in a herd.
  9. Grunion–Thousands of them gather on beaches where their mating season occurs.
  10. Mouse–Fast breeders; there can be 16 mice in a litter, which makes a swarm.

Episode 19: Body Parts

  1. Giraffe–Giraffes have long necks, long legs, and long tongues.
  2. Elephant–Elephants have long trunks, long tusks, and huge ears.
  3. Giant Squid–Its eyes are 20 inches in diameter, and help it to see in dark waters. In fact, the giant squid has the biggest eyes in the natural world.
  4. Anteater–Its tongue is 14 inches long, and is used for catching tasty insects, especially ants.
  5. Male Fiddler Crab–He has one big claw for fighting with, and one small claw for eating with.
  6. Jacana–They have huge feet, stopping them from sinking in the water.
  7. Aye-aye–The middle finger is bone-like, in getting their food from inside a tree limb.
  8. Babirusa–The male can have foot long canine teeth that can pierce into its skull.
  9. Platypus–It has the beak of a duck, the flippers of an otter, and the tail of a beaver.
  10. Fennec Fox–It has huge ears to help it keep cool.

Episode 20: Predators

  1. Shrew–Since they have such a huge metabolism, (their heart beats 600 times a minute), it's the busiest predator in the world and some species need to eat three times their own body weight in one day to survive.
  2. Orca–It can do something beyond the limits of other marine animals: it can land on a beach to catch a seal.
  3. Wolf–They use teamwork strategy to slay prey eight times bigger than they are.
  4. Shark–The most infamous predator in the sea.
  5. Eel–Without teeth, it uses electricity to paralyze their prey and swallow.
  6. Snake–It can sense prey using infrared.
  7. Spider–Its web says it all.
  8. Polar Bear–Its sensitive snout can catch the smell of a seal hiding under three feet of thick sea ice.Only #8 cause they mainly omnivores when it gets warmer.
  9. Archerfish–They spit water at their insect prey which can be eight feet high.
  10. Crocodile–The perfect predator. However, they are only #10 because they can wait a year to attack.

Episode 21: Stinkers

  1. Skunk–Smell can temporarily blind you for days even if it is 1.5 mi. away.
  2. Giant Petrel–Vomit smells horrible
  3. Millipede–One species smells so bad that it can kill a mouse.
  4. Male Elephant–The male's musk smells like 1,000 goats in a pen.
  5. Musk Ox–Its urine produces a smell so revolting it can water your eyes.
  6. Spotted Hyena–They turn their anal patches into hyena butter.
  7. Hooker's Sea Lion–Its breath smells horrible.
  8. Male Hippopotamus–Males fling dung.
  9. Vulture–They urinate on their feet to keep cool on summer days and to kill bacteria.
  10. Dog–They mark their territory by rolling in the mud.

Episode 22: Super Senses

  1. Shark–Sharks have a "sixth sense" like snakes: detecting electric fields.
  2. Mantis Shrimp–Their eyes can see stuff you can't even imagine.
  3. Snake–They have infrared imaging.
  4. Dolphin–They use sonar like a bat to find their prey.
  5. Elephant–They can send sound waves through their feet.
  6. Male Moth–The male can smell a female over 6 miles (9.7 km) away.
  7. Dog–They have an awesome sense of smell.
  8. Pig–They have 20,000 taste buds.
  9. Mole–It has an incredible sense of touch.
  10. Tarsier–It is able to see amazingly in the dark.

Episode 23: Eaters

  1. Vulture–It eats dead and decayed carcasses which contain anthrax, botulism, and cholera.
  2. Meerkat–They eat scorpions.
  3. Poison Dart Frog–They eat poisonous ants.
  4. Dung beetle–They eat dung.
  5. Cleaner Fish–They eat parasites from other fishes' mouths.
  6. Dust Mite–They eat dead skin cells of humans.
  7. Parrotfish–They eat rocks.
  8. Macaw–They eat clay.
  9. Termite–They eat wood.
  10. Sloth–The leaves they eat contain a kind of poison. The are only #10 because it's not very toxic.

Episode 24: Daredevils

  1. Goose–The young jump off a cliff 300 feet (91 m) at three days old; have only a 50% chance of surviving.
  2. Bharal–Males try to push each other off mountains (above 14,000 ft.), where they could fall at any time. Only half of the Bharal born each year survive to their first birthday.
  3. Weddell Seal–Thrive in the coldest waters on Earth.
  4. Click Beetle–Sends itself very high in the air by clicking. They experience over 100 times as much intensity than a cannonballer; that's 400g-forces!
  5. Pelican–Dives in the water at 90 mph (140 km/h) in places like Galveston, Texas.
  6. Eagle–Performs a deadly dance to attract females.
  7. Snake–It jumps from tree to tree without any natural equipment. One mistake could be fatal.
  8. Orangutan–Swings over 200 ft (61 m) high in the trees on a limb.
  9. Sloth–Takes huge risks spending its life upside down.
  10. Gecko–They cling to any surface, even upside-down ones.

Episode 25: Defenders

  1. Bee–The ultimate way to defend the hive to them is to use its stinger, because when they use it; it will detach and they will bleed to death.
  2. Termite–Termites are expected to defend the colony from ants.
  3. Dog–Will defend their masters to the death.
  4. Tarantula–It shoots hairs on its back at predators.
  5. Porcupine–Will have even the fiercest predators (such as lions and hyenas) running for their life from the porcupine's quills.
  6. Lizard–Squirts blood from its eyes.
  7. Frog–Secretes glue to protect itself.
  8. Turtle–The shell can protect it from something 200 times its own weight.
  9. Ant–The larvae have a shell-like defense system, great for going through fierce ant colonies.
  10. Armadillo–It has armor-like plating to protect it from predators.

Episode 26: Oddities

  1. Male Anglerfish–The male anglerfish lives attached to the female anglerfish, sometimes his entire life. Many thought the female and the male were separate species. The males are nothing more than a sac of reproduce organs that fuses to the female and parasitizes off of her.
  2. Platypus–They have the bill of a duck, the flippers of an otter and the tail of a beaver. It also can detect the electrical impulses given off by its prey. The male also has a venomous spur on its flippers.
  3. Aye-aye–They look like a collection of leftover body parts. The collection of body parts perfectly helps it adapt to its environment.
  4. Male Hairy Frog–The only amphibian that grows hairlike projections on its body. The hairlike projections are used to absorb more oxygen from the water. Also it only has the hair during the breeding season to stay underwater to protect the eggs.
  5. Horseshoe Crab–Has a strange shell. It also has 12 legs, blue blood, and 10 eyes that it can see Ultraviolet Light.
  6. Cassowary–It is too big to fly and it has hair-like feathers. It also has a bony casque that is used as a helmet to protect it against the forest. It's relative the Emu does a strange performance to attract a female.
  7. Flying fish–When frightened, it glides out of the water to get out of danger by using elongated Pectoral fins. The Flying Fish does not fly, but glides over the surface of the water.
  8. Sloth–Lives completely upside down and moves really slowly. It comes to the forest floor only to Defecate. It is a surprisingly good swimmer despite that it is slow on land. It has several moths and other insects that leave fecal prints on the sloth from the sloth's own Feces. It also has Green Algae growing on its back.
  9. Stalk-eyed fly–The male has strange eyes that stick out like sore thumbs. The longer the male's eyes the more likely it has to mate with a female though.
  10. Male Proboscis Monkey–The male has a weird, long nose. It's only #10 because it needs it to attract a female. The females have a shorter nose.

Season 3

Episode 27: Gross Outs

  1. Fly–It lays its eggs in dead and rotting flesh. And it vomits all over our food!
  2. Vulture–It eats the diseased and dead and vomits on its feet to keep cool.
  3. Hagfish–Secretes slime constantly.
  4. Sea cucumber–Feeds on stuff that you would find on the bottom of your shoe.
  5. Koala–Its young feeds on the mother's dung.
  6. Tahr–It drinks its own urine.
  7. Jackal–The dad vomits and feeds it to the kids.
  8. Hippopotamus–The male spreads his poop everywhere with his tail.
  9. Cow–They produce a lot of methane by burping.
  10. Giraffe–The giraffe picks its nose with its tongue and it drools.

Episode 28: Home Designers

  1. Termite–The mounds they live in can be even taller than a giraffe!
  2. Beaver–Builds huge dams that could support a family car.
  3. Prairie dog–Builds tunnels and rooms underground that all have their separate purpose.
  4. Male Weaver bird–Nest of straw can house 400 birds and weigh one ton!
  5. Wasp–Builds a fortress of paper.
  6. Cave Swiftlet–It has a slimy nest.
  7. Spider–Weaves amazing webs five times stronger than steel.
  8. Burying beetle–Makes a home out of the dead for its young.
  9. Decorator crab–Mobile home is sea floor bits.
  10. Parrotfish–Builds homes of snot and slime. Only #10 because they don't last very long.

Episode 29: Tough Babies

  1. Baby Sand tiger shark–The offspring fight, kill, and eat each other in the womb and only one shark pup survives.
  2. Baby Hyena–Babies start fighting right after they are born.
  3. Baby Cuckoo–It lays eggs in other birds' nests and cuckoo chicks sometimes get rid of the competition.
  4. Baby Tasmanian Devil–The mother can have up to thirty pups, but only four survive.
  5. Baby Scorpion–The mother might eat them if they stay on her back for too long.
  6. Baby Octopus–Orphaned from the moment it is born, so it raises itself in the murky depths of the dark and dangerous ocean.
  7. Baby Torrent Duck–Jumps waterfalls at one day old just to keep up with its parents.
  8. Baby Weddell Seal–Biggest temperature change experienced by any animal from the womb to the ice.
  9. Baby Giraffe–The young giraffe has to survive a six-foot fall because the mother cannot bend down, and escape wild African predators.
  10. Baby Orangutan–Hangs on its mother for dear life

Episode 30: Wild Parties

  1. Red Crab–120 Million Red Crabs gather on the beach on Christmas Island to mate
  2. Flamingo–Millions can Dance in Unison in 140 degree pools of poison!
  3. Wildebeest–There may be 1.5 Million Wildebeest on their migration trail.
  4. Garter Snake–There are 10,000 males fighting for one female.
  5. Male (Bull) Walrus–There are 7,000 males. Fight for the right to party at the biggest Bachelor Party on the planet.
  6. Stingray–Males grab onto females while dancing.
  7. Grizzly Bear–A party that can really get out of hand.
  8. Japanese Macaque–Literally the hottest pool party for monkeys to stay warm.
  9. Kakapo–They use their call (the loudest of all bird calls) to attract a female, though with little success.
  10. Wolf–Wolves have wild nights out hunting.

Episode 31: Monster Myths

  1. Wolf–When they hear a wolf howling, people think the wolf is out to get them. That is why they believed in werewolves, even though there has never been a healthy wild wolf killing a human in North America.
  2. Piranha–Piranha rarely attack people. They eat leaves, fruit, and sometimes rotting flesh.
  3. Bat–Despite the stories of vampires, bats rarely drink human blood. Instead, they eat fruit or insects.
  4. Gorilla–Unlike in the movie King Kong, gorillas are strictly herbivorious
  5. Colossal Squid–Unlike in the novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, they are very shy, and cannot sink ships.
  6. Grizzly Bear–Grizzly bears eat honey, berries, vegetation, and fish instead of human flesh. They kill only three people per year.
  7. Great white shark–It does not like the taste of human flesh, so when it takes a bite out of a person, it spits it out, because the person is too bony.
  8. Tarantula–Although it can kill a snake, the tarantula's bite is not as toxic as a bee sting.
  9. Anaconda–It cannot reach a length of 80 feet.
  10. Alligator–They do not live in the sewers of New York City, because sewers are too cold.

Episode 32: Killer Cats

  1. House Cat–It is the only cat that hunts for fun and they hunt over 1000 species, which includes mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, fish, birds, rats, lizards, small snakes and beetles.
  2. Leopard–Their eat impala, kudus, birds, monkeys, hares, snakes, and fish.
  3. Jaguar–They eat birds, monkeys, anteaters, boars, deer, sloths, capybaras, turtles, snakes, iguanas, fish, frogs, and crocodiles.
  4. Cougar–Cougars eat ibex, antelope, mice, jays, birds, berries small bears and elk.
  5. Lion–It's the only cat that hunts in groups and eats impala, kudus, gerenuk, zebras, wildebeests, hippopotamuses, warthogs, Cape buffalo, and ostriches.
  6. Tiger–Strongest and largest of all cats and eats deer, wild boars, water buffalo, Gaurs, Bears, Crocodiles, Elephants, monkeys, birds, and mice.
  7. Snow Leopard–Eats antelope, ibex, rabbits, mountain goats, yaks, and small birds.
  8. Fishing Cat–The fishing cat is the only cat suitable to hunt in the water and eats freshwater fish and eels.
  9. Serval–Jump to a height of ten feet and eats birds, mice, rats, and gazelle.
  10. Cheetah–The fastest cat ever (at 70 mph) and it eats impala, gazelle and warthogs.

Episode 33: Battle of the Sexes

  1. Whiptail Lizard–All the male whiptail lizards are dead.
  2. Mantis–The male becomes the meal when mating.
  3. Hyena–The weakest female is higher in class than the strongest male.
  4. Naked Mole Rat–One queen controls hundreds of naked mole rats.
  5. Baboon–Good guys don't always finish last.
  6. Elephant–Females get males to fight for them.
  7. Tasmanian Devil–After a while, the female kicks the male out of her burrow, preferring to raise the young herself rather than with the father of her children.
  8. Lion–The male gets lazy, and the female does all the hunting.
  9. Cichlid–Males can be 30 times bigger than a female. And in male vs. female comparison, it is the biggest male in the World
  10. Elephant Seal–Males can be five times bigger than a female.

Episode 34: Troublemakers

  1. Termite–The termite causes house destruction, costing billions of dollars yearly in the USA, and destroys on average 50 homes a year.
  2. Beaver–All trees beware.
  3. Dog–When bored, or unattended, they can get themselves into a lot of trouble.
  4. Asian Elephant–Wrecks trees in the evening.
  5. Red Colobus Monkey–They steal coal to eat as antidote for toxic leaves.
  6. Vulture–Can wreck roofs.
  7. Bear–They destroy cars for the smallest amount of food.
  8. Kea–They cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage a year from rental cars in New Zealand alone, and then some other items as well.
  9. Male Elephant Seal–The male's size can be lethal for property.
  10. Little Penguin–They are loud, and their nests are under houses.

Episode 35: Big Mouths

  1. Argentine horned frog–The mouth is 50% of body its length. It literally bites off more than it can chew, and bites anything that comes into its territory.
  2. Anglerfish–Its mouth makes up 30% of its body.
  3. Right Whale–It has the biggest mouth of any animal. It's only #3, because, like the elephant, everything else on it is big as well. Mouth is 20% of Body Length.
  4. Hippopotamus–Its jaw can extend 170 degrees.
  5. Whale shark–Massive mouth is 16% of its body length.
  6. Saltwater Crocodile–Its mouth makes up 15% of its body length.
  7. Brown Pelican–Its mouth is three times bigger than its stomach.
  8. Python–The snakes's jaws can open 150 degrees.
  9. Giant Anteater–Its mouth may not be very wide, but its length definitely makes up for that barrier.
  10. African Elephant–1% of body length (It's still big, but so is everything else)

Episode 36: Odd Couples

  1. Greenland shark and Copepod–Greenland sharks are known to be sluggish in cold water, so a small bioluminescent copepod attaches itself to the eye and acts like a fishing lure. Shark gets a lure, copepod gets a home.
  2. Ant and Caterpiller–The caterpillar is the ant's bodyguard.
  3. Tarantula and Frog–The frog lives in the damp cave, and lives under the protection of the tarantula, but it protects the Tarantulas egg sacs from ants and other predators.
  4. Coyote and Badger–Coyotes and badgers occasionally work together to catch food, even though they don't usually share it.
  5. Honeyguide and Ratel–The honeyguide finds the nest, while the ratel gets it, but then they split the share.
  6. Shrimp and Goby–Pistol shrimp houses goby, goby protects and guides pistol shrimp.
  7. Giraffe and Red-billed oxpecker–Red-billed Oxpeckers pick ticks off giraffes. Giraffes gets groomed, Red-billed oxpecker gets dinner.
  8. Hermit Crab and Sea Anemone–the Sea Anemone lives on the shell of the hermit crab, and then protects it from the octopus.
  9. Shellfish and Bitterling–The bitterling lays its eggs in the shellfish, because of the well oxygenated water.
  10. Snapper and Tongue biter

Episode 37: Outrageous Flirts

  1. Elephant–Flapping a female's ears can bring ultrasonic sounds to a male as far as six miles (10 km).
  2. Crested Black Macaque–The larger the red buttocks, the hotter the female is.
  3. Lesser Florican–They can jump up to six feet to attract a female.(One of the rarest animals in the world)
  4. Male Mudskipper–Can jump up in the air to attract a female, then does push ups.
  5. Male Scorpion–First, males disarm female, flirt, then males run away!
  6. Adélie Penguin–The female fools the male for loot.
  7. Male Bowerbird–The biggest and most colorful straw shack attracts a female.
  8. Burying Beetle–The male's home attracts the mate.
  9. Travancore Tortoise
  10. Blue-footed Booby–The female does a little dance to attract a male!

Episode 38: Super Dogs This episode is a bit ironic in that rather than finding the strongest or most exceptional dogs, the episode focuses on which dogs are the least like their wolf ancestors.

  1. Chihuahua–The program noted that the face of Chihuahuas often reminds people of faces of babies, considered cute by most humans and that's why the Chihuahua sometimes is referred to as cute.
  2. Bulldog–It has a smashed face.
  3. Retriever–It is so unselfish, that some have been reputed not to have taken any bite of their hunt for their master.
  4. Maremma Sheepdog–It lives among sheep.
  5. Border Collie–It herds sheep.
  6. Jack Russell Terrier–Digs for rodents.
  7. St. Bernard–It is one of the strongest dogs in the world, being able to pull 6,000 lb (2,700 kg)!
  8. Beagle–It has the best sense of smell of any dog.
  9. Greyhound–It has become the fastest dog in the world, sprinting at 45 mph (72 km/h)!
  10. Dingo–It has changed little since its transformation began.

Episode 39: Killers

  1. Mosquito–Despite their reputation as an annoying pest, no other animal kills more people than mosquitoes. A pregnant female mosquito can carry more than a hundred diseases and kill 2.7 million people each year. They are very small but very dangerous.
  2. Snake–They kill 40,000 people a year, mostly in countries where shoes are rare, and healthcare is poor.
  3. Killer Bee–They have taken 1,500 lives since their release in Brazil.
  4. Crocodile–Two of the 21 species, the Nile Crocodile and the Saltwater Crocodile, take more than 1,000 lives a year.
  5. Scorpion–Some species are deadly, taking 1,000+ lives a year.
  6. Elephant–Males kill 300 people a year; a bull elephant in musk is blamed for 80% of them.
  7. Tiger–Tigers killed 80 people a year when this episode was filmed, but that number rises every year.
  8. Jellyfish–Jellyfish–mostly box jellyfish–take an average of 55 lives a year.
  9. Hyena–Hyenas have taken an average of 50 lives a year.
  10. Great White shark–Great white sharks rarely kill 4 people a year. That's why it only number 10 in the countdown.

Episode 40: Poison

  1. Golden Dart Frog–Less than 0.1 milligram of poison can kill a human.
  2. Pufferfish–It has poison enough to kill 50 people.
  3. Blue-ringed Octopus–It has poison enough to kill 10 people.
  4. Pitohui–Packs enough poison to kill a mouse.
  5. Spitting cobra–Spits poison from 11 feet (3.4 m) away.
  6. Cane Toad–Secretes poison for protection.
  7. Bombardier Beetle–Sprays boiling poison from its bottom–700 rounds of acid per second.
  8. Monarch butterfly–Milkweed makes it poisonous.
  9. Millipede–Produces enough stink to kill a Mouse.
  10. Sea Slug–Steals sea anemone's poison.

Episode 41: Super Sharks

  1. Hammerhead shark–It has excellent vision, smell, and a sixth sense detecting electrical fields, pinpointing its general location in the ocean. It can also sense 1/1,000,000,000th of a volt, which is like a human sensing that a flashlight had turned on 1,000 miles (1,600 km) away. It also has a 7th sense, by seeing the invisible grid of the ocean walls, it knows its exact location in the ocean.
  2. Great White shark–Smart, and its bite has been measured at 2,000 lbf/in².
  3. Tiger shark–Smart and can eat things like metal.
  4. Mako shark–Fastest shark.
  5. Oceanic Whitetip Shark–Can smell in air and water.
  6. Greenland shark–It survives in colder temperatures than any other shark in the world.
  7. Sand tiger shark–Uses mirrors to help see in the dark, and can reflect 90% of all colors.
  8. Silky shark–Hears from 1/4 of a mile away.
  9. Angel shark–It can disguise itself by hiding under the sea bed.
  10. Whale shark–Its mouth is a suction cup.

Episode 42: Bloodsuckers

  1. Tick–It can devour 600 times its own body size in blood.
  2. Flea–It can suck blood 15 times its size.
  3. Bedbug–It can suck more than seven times its size in blood.
  4. Assassin Bug–It can suck more than six times its size in blood.
  5. Leech–It can swallow five times its size in blood.
  6. Female Mosquito–The female can drink one and a half times its size in blood.
  7. Vampire Bat–It can drink the weight of its size in blood.
  8. Candiru–They bite you in your most private parts and drink the blood.
  9. Madrilenial butterfly–This deadly butterfly drinks dead cattle blood in Spain.
  10. Vampire Finch–It takes little bites into larger birds.

Episode 43: Athletes

  1. Arctic Tern–Flies from the North Pole to the South Pole in two months.
  2. Sperm Whale–Can dive for over two hours.
  3. Swordfish–Moves through the water at 68 mph (109 km/h).
  4. Klipspringer–Very agile. It can jump 10 times its own body height.
  5. Gorilla–Can lift the equivalent of two family cars.
  6. Elephant Shrew–If we were like this animal, we would run 165 mph (266 km/h).
  7. Caterpillar–It is one of the best throwers in the animal kingdom, throwing dung five feet from its bottom, equivalent to a human throwing dung 240 feet (73 m) from its bottom.
  8. Cheetah–Fastest land animal.
  9. Muskox–Males would make great football stars, for they have built-in helmets.
  10. Gannet–Built-in air bags for intense dives.

Episode 44: Deadly Snakes

  1. King Cobra–It is the most aggressive snake in the world, and one drop can kill 50 men.
  2. Taipan–It is the most venomous snake in the world. Can kill 125 men.
  3. Black Mamba–It is highly aggressive and is the fastest snake in the world, reaching up to a speed of 14 mph. The black mamba is so aggressive that if you get within 75 ft (23 m) of one, it will charge and strike up to a dozen times in a row, injecting more venom each time!
  4. Sea Snake–It's highly venomous and able to kill 60 men. It's not No. 1 because of its adaptation in the water, they could barely move on land.
  5. Tiger Snake–A very well known deadly snake. One bite can kill 50 men.
  6. Reticulated Python–Longest snake in the world, insanely aggressive, and is able to constrict even humans!
  7. Death Adder–It can kill you in 6 hours without proper treatment. Without treatment, you only have a 50/50 chance of surviving. One drop can kill 9 men.
  8. Rattlesnake–A rattle scares away predators. Also if bitten, you have a 80% chance of surviving. Only No. 8 because it sends out a warning.
  9. Saw-Scaled Viper–If bitten, you have a 90% chance of surviving. Only No. 9 because its venom is not very powerful.
  10. Anaconda–Largest and strongest snake in the world. Only No. 10 because it's harmless to humans.

Episode 45: Global Conquerors

  1. Cockroach–Conquering the entire world since it first appeared on Earth 450,000,000 years ago.
  2. Rat–It lives everywhere in the world. 70,000,000 rats in New York City alone.
  3. House Cat–It now lives everywhere in the world.
  4. Cane Toad–It has invaded 39 countries.
  5. Mosquito–It has invaded 36 countries in the world.
  6. Rabbit–It invaded 29 countries worldwide.
  7. Killer Bee–It has invaded 25 countries.
  8. Argentine ant–This animal invaded 21 countries in the world.
  9. Monk Parakeet–It has invaded 17 countries worldwide.
  10. Brown Tree Snake–It has invaded 10 countries in the world.

Episode 46: Movers

  1. Scallop–By clamping its two shells together, it can propel itself through the water.
  2. Flying Snake–Uses only its body to glide through the air.
  3. Sailfish–Moves through the water at 68 mph (109 km/h).
  4. Peregrine Falcon–Fastest animal in the world. Can dive at 200 mph (320 km/h).
  5. Kangaroo–The farther they hop, the less energy they burn.
  6. Emperor Penguin–They waddle and slide for good purposes and can swim extremely fast.
  7. Cheetah–Cheetahs are the fastest land animals.
  8. Gibbon–Moves through the trees very gracefully at 35 mph (56 km/h).
  9. Gecko–Can cling to all surfaces, even windows, upside down too.
  10. Fishing Spider–Can walk on water.

Season 4

Episode 47: Hissy Fits

  1. Male Elephant–No other animal causes more carnage when angry, and no force can stop it when angry. Bull elephants take more than 300 lives annually while in musth.
  2. Bee–Mess with one, you mess with them all. There can be 30,000 bees in one hive.
  3. Bear–Takes three lives a year from anger.
  4. Rhinoceros–Destroys property when angry.
  5. Tasmanian Devil–They are constantly fighting.
  6. Honey Badger–Reputed to be the meanest animal in all of Africa.
  7. Shrew–Temperamental women were called shrews for a reason.
  8. Llama–Truly spitting rage. There are three different types of spit a llama can spit, each progressively more potent.
  9. Male Ring-tailed Lemur–Throws stink bombs when angry.
  10. Chameleon–Turns different colors to represent mood.

Episode 48: Living Dead

  1. Water bear–It can stay in suspended animation for as long as 120 years.
  2. Frog–It can stay in suspended animation for as long as seven years.
  3. Lungfish–It can stay in suspended animation for as long as four years.
  4. Weta–It can stay frozen for the winter.
  5. Polar Bear–It spends the winter in suspended animation.
  6. Ant–One of the most complicated cycles in the animal kingdom happens to this animal sometimes. It can stay in suspended animation for as much as eight weeks. A liver fluke causes an ant to climb on a leaf, rabbits eat the ant, the fluke lays eggs that the rabbit drops, a snail eats eggs, coughs it up in the form of slime and ants eat it. The liver fluke is then back in the ant.
  7. Earthworm–They are paralyzed by one of the venomous mammals, the shrew. They can stay in suspended animation for three weeks.
  8. Tarantula–They are paralyzed by a tarantula hawk and used as storage for its young. It can stay in suspended animation for as much as two weeks.
  9. Opossum–If there is any threat, it acts like a hog-nosed snake, but it can play dead for a lot longer, up to six hours.
  10. Hognose Snake–It isn't as tough as its larger cousins, so if all else fails, it goes into a state of suspended animation for a few minutes and sets off a rancid stench as if it were dead.

Episode 49: Divers

  1. Whale–It has been found in depths of 2,200 meters (7,200 ft) and can hold its breath for almost two hours. Whales dive deeper than any other marine mammal.
  2. Seal–It can hold its breath for 90 minutes.
  3. Iguana–It can hold its breath for 1 hour.
  4. Penguin–It can hold its breath for 25 minutes.
  5. Hippopotamus–It can hold its breath for 20 minutes.
  6. Spider–Spends whole life underwater but breathes through an air hole.
  7. Dugong–Can dive for eight minutes.
  8. Otter–Dives for six minutes.
  9. Cormorant–Dives for 4 1/2 minutes,
  10. Elephant–It can dive for a few seconds, as its trunk is used as a snorkel.

Episode 50: Dieters

  1. Tick–It can survive up to eighteen years without eating.
  2. Salmon–While going upstream to their spawning grounds, it has no choice but to go nine months without eating.
  3. Bear–Since it hibernates, it can survive seven months without eating.
  4. Honeypot ant–It can survive six months without eating.
  5. Right Whale–Since the whale pup would die in the cold Antarctic waters, the mother must travel 4,000 miles (6,400 km) north without any food at all. It can survive four months without eating.
  6. Emperor Penguin–While the females are thriving on fish and krill, the dads are raising their young in the harsh Antarctic landscape, where it must go 90 days without eating.
  7. Weddell Seal–When it has a newborn pup, the mother must go without eating for three weeks.
  8. Bactrian Camel–If it has a full hump, it can survive for two weeks without eating.
  9. Shrew–It has to eat three times its own weight or starve.
  10. Hummingbird–It can eat 60 meals a day without getting fat due to fast metabolism.

Episode 51: Loudmouths

  1. Shrimp–It has a specialized claw that generates noise over 200 decibels. To put that in perspective, the loudest human was 129 decibels, and a jet engine at takeoff is 170 decibels!
  2. Sperm Whale–So loud that it can kill even a giant squid. Could rival a rocket engine!
  3. Herring–The herring talks by blowing bubbles out of its bottom. As loud as a jet engine at takeoff!
  4. Bat–It actually is an extremely loud animal. Their calls are just too high-pitched for us to hear.
  5. Cicada–Cicadas are the loudest insects in the world. Have built in earmuffs so they don't go deaf. As loud as a chainsaw at full throttle!
  6. Elephant–Could drown out a jackhammer and tsunami.
  7. Howler Monkey–Howler monkeys are the loudest monkeys in the world. Their calls can be heard from over 10 miles (16 km) away. As loud as a blender at full throttle!
  8. Wolf–Their howl can be heard ten miles (16 km) away on a clear night.
  9. Male Kakapo–Low pitched love call. Can be heard three miles (5 km) away.
  10. Alligator–Calls are too low-pitched for humans to hear.

Episode 52: Appendages

  1. Anglerfish–The male bites on the female.
  2. Mussel–Has a fish looking appendage that lures other fish to it.
  3. Nudibranch–Stores sea anemone poison inside their own appendages after eating the anemone.
  4. Lizard–It can let go of its tail in order to escape a predator.
  5. Monkey–Its tail acts like an extra hand.
  6. Mole–The nose has many tentacle-like appendages and the nose's sense of touch can be six times that of a normal mole.
  7. Elephant–Long, strong, flexible, useful nose that can grab tools.
  8. Dragonfly larva) Bottom jaw shoots forward and hooks prey.
  9. Snail–It has strange teeth called a radula.
  10. Chameleon–Long tongue that can extend 11 feet long, and move at 13 mph.

Episode 53: City Slickers

  1. Macaque–Uses cities for getting water and stealing food, and can regularly adapt to city life.
  2. Crow–It uses the sidewalk as a nutcracker. Thrives in Tokyo.
  3. Raccoon–Can be 100 Raccoons per sq. mile of city. Love to eat out of our trash cans.
  4. Moose–Likes to live in Anchorage. One Moose has walked into an Anchorage Hospital, checked it out, and walked out!
  5. Fox–It is the most widespread carnivore in the world.
  6. Red-tailed Hawk–Lives in New York City, eats mice and pigeons.
  7. Turkey Vulture–Eats human's garbage, only takes minor adjustments to survive among humans.
  8. Mexican Free-tailed Bat–Approximately 1.5 million bats live in Austin, Texas.
  9. Little Blue Penguin–Builds nests under houses.
  10. Saltwater Crocodile–It has changed its behavior little to adapt into a new environment.

Episode 54: Transformers

  1. Ribeiroia–Starts in a heron which poops out the Ribeiroia eggs which go in and out of a Snail, goes into a tadpole, the tadpole turns into a frog, and it makes the frog grow extra limbs, which is a sitting duck for herons, where the flatworm lays eggs and the cycle starts all over again.
  2. Stick Insect–It undergoes three transformations into ants, scorpions and leaves.
  3. Caterpillar–Transforms into a butterfly.
  4. Sea Squirt–Starts as a tadpole-like creature, then, by losing its brain and limbs, it becomes a vegetable on the sea floor.
  5. Tiger Salamander–Tadpoles can be plankton-eaters or carnivores from the weather and after it does this the tadpoles transform into adult salamanders.
  6. Wrasse–Female can change sex to become a male.
  7. Flatfish–Eyes change from one side of the body to the other side to become flat.
  8. Naked mole rat–Can stretch its stomach by choice when pregnant.
  9. Mimic Octopus–Can change shape, color and skin texture in one second.
  10. Arctic Fox–Can disguise itself in two different coats, one for the summer and one for the winter.

Episode 55: Workaholics

  1. Bee–Some bees work their whole life and never have a break. They can fly 55,000 miles (89,000 km), the equivalent of flying around the world twice.
  2. Ant–Gets leaves, adds poop and saliva, puts fungus on leaves, then distributes it among the colony.
  3. Cleaner fish–Rests at night, is on 12 hr. patrol.
  4. Megapode–Spends 11 months a year digging a compost heap.
  5. Beaver–Chomp down trees all fall. #5 because it spends the winter break underwater.
  6. Lion–Hunts, and takes care of the cubs, so the girls work in groups.
  7. Wild Dog–Does lots of hunting. One of the most efficient predators, having an 80% strike rate!
  8. Male Bowerbird–Works day and night for a long time to create love shacks. in the tropical rainforests of Australia.
  9. Male Emperor Penguin–Spends the long cold winter working.
  10. Spraying Characin–Lay eggs on land, sprays water at eggs every minute for four days.

Episode 56: Slime Balls

  1. Slug–It uses slime for defense, motion, and a bungee cord to get down.
  2. Limpet–Uses glowing slime to distract predators.
  3. Glowworm–Uses slime to lure cave animals into its clutches.
  4. Froghopper–Slime is a protection from the sun's rays and most predators.
  5. Larvacean) Lives in and fishes with slime, and builds a slime home every 24 hours.
  6. Snail–Slime for motion and defense.
  7. Hedgehog–Licks wood, and spreads it all over its body to smell like the wood. However, scientists are still debating over the reasons.
  8. Toad–Covers itself in mucus for a short time. The mucus is a highly pharmaceutical concoction, anti-fungal, anti-viral.
  9. Swiftlet–Nest of slime for their chicks, built in the roofs of caves
  10. Hagfish–Slime for defense.

Episode 57: Animal Myths

  1. Lemming–Lemmings commit suicide. False ... absolutely.
  2. Earwig–Earwigs live in your ears. False ... completely.
  3. Camel–Camels store water in their humps. False.
  4. Chicken–Hen's teeth are rare. False ... when young.
  5. Dog–You can't teach an old dog new tricks. False ... if you work at it.
  6. Bat–Bats are blind. False.
  7. Groundhog–Groundhogs can predict the weather. True ... kind of.
  8. Hare–European hares are mad. True ... partially. In march This hare changes from shy and quiet and they go a little nuts.
  9. Crocodile–Crocodiles are crybabies. True ... partly.
  10. Elephant–An elephant has an amazing memory. True.

Episode 58: Gourmets

  1. Honey bee–It makes honey. It's an animal that puts the most effort in producing its food for the coming winter, covering millions of miles and collecting pollen from thousands of flowers.
  2. Fox–Buries leftovers in the snow, which acts as a giant freezer.
  3. Ant–Gets leaves, adds feces and saliva, grows fungus on the mixture, then distributes it among the colony to produce an edible fungi.
  4. Beetle–Can transform an animal carcass, such as a small mammal, and turn it into a preserved meatball, and turns it into a home in 12 hours. If there is a shortage of food, the parents eat their offspring.
  5. Spider–If male's meal isn't good, female eats male.
  6. Shrike–Uses thorns as a knife and fork.
  7. Vulture–Uses a rock to break an Ostrich egg.
  8. Squirrel–Loves maple sap. Believed to have introduced maple syrup idea to the Iroquois.
  9. Macaque–Washes food in ocean water before eating it.
  10. Crocodile–They use the "death roll" in order to rip their food, due to being unable to chew their food.

Episode 59: Diggers

  1. Termite–Builds mounds taller than a Giraffe, using only dirt, dung, and saliva.
  2. Mole–Can shift ten lb of dirt in 20 minutes.
  3. Earthworm–Can dig 12 ft (3.7 m) underground (one worm is 15 ft (4.6 m) long).
  4. Meerkat–Can have 70 entrances to its underground home.
  5. Mole cricket–They make their own underground stereo system.
  6. Badger–First contender to connect underground tunnels that were dug.
  7. Woodpecker–Beak can peck 20 times a second and 12,000 times a day into a tree.
  8. Ant-Lion–Lures ants into its sand crater to paralyze, then it sucks the ant dry.
  9. Carmine Bee-eater–Digs eight feet in mid-air.
  10. Mite–Digs into our skin 1/8 of an inch. That's why its #10 in the countdown

Episode 60: Weird Weapons

  1. Electric eel–Its weird weapon: electricity.
  2. Ant–They create a stronghold to catch prey.
  3. Whale–They use sonic wave sound to cage fish.
  4. Spitting spider–They use their web to throw at their prey.
  5. Tarantula–They can spray their hair to make a predator feel itchy and run away.
  6. Scorpion–They can spray the acid from their tails.
  7. Lizard–Squirts blood out of their eyes to scare away predators.
  8. Archerfish–They squirt water to knock down their prey.
  9. Tiger–They use their ultrasonic sound to stun their prey during a hunt.
  10. Fieldfare–It deficates all over its enemies.

Episode 61: Cleaners

  1. Macaque–Besides humans, Japanese macaques are the only animals known to clean their food before they eat it, and they groom each other constantly.
  2. Shrimp–Cleans almost everything in the tank. Unlike Finding Nemo, in the movie the cleaner shrimp cleans the tank.
  3. Ant–Groom themselves more than any other animal.
  4. Sponge–uses chemicals to filter sea water.
  5. Yellowbelly sea snake–Ties itself in a knot to clean off parasites.
  6. Oxpecker–Cleans ticks off Giraffes and Rhinoceros.
  7. Dung beetle–Cleans dung off the ground.
  8. Pig–Cleans itself in mud.
  9. Fly–Scrubs itself after every bite of a meal.
  10. Sloth–Least efficient cleaner/covered in moths or other animals.

Episode 62: Pirates

  1. Amazon ant–They steal other species of ants as "slaves".
  2. Bug–Uses disguises as part of termite mound to be a pirate. Gives no quarter.
  3. Sabre-toothed blenny–Disguises itself as a fish to get close to fish to attack.
  4. Baboon–Steals food from humans.
  5. Hyena–Steals food from lions.
  6. Kakapo–Rips up nests of other birds.
  7. Spider–Steals food from other spiders.
  8. Squirrel–Fakes digging acorns to fool thieving rivals.
  9. Dung beetle–Steals dung from other beetles.
  10. Frigate Bird–Mugs birds' catches in mid-air.

Episode 63: Gardeners

  1. Lemon ant–Their "Devil's gardens" can be 14,000 sq ft (1,300 m2) and 800 years old using Herbecine.
  2. Jellyfish–Garden grows inside them and takes care of garden their whole life.
  3. Termite–Grows Fungus inside castle from leaves to eat.
  4. Kangaroo–Buries fruit. If the hypsi forgets about it, it grows into plant.
  5. Gorilla–Trims trees.
  6. Giraffe–Changes trees by eating so the shape changes.
  7. Fig wasp–They pollinate figs by mating in the fuit.
  8. Wasp–These wasps are in the family Tiphiidae and the male will go to many species of Australian Orchids and pollinate them because they look like a female.
  9. Earthworm–Creates compost by pooping, for roots to collect to reproduce.
  10. Mistletoebird–Creates mistletoe by eating seeds then pooping them out.

Episode 64: Freeloaders

  1. Tapeworm–Lives in humans, unknowingly sometimes, stealing food.
  2. Batfly–Relies on bats to avoid falling down, where predatory bugs await.
  3. Remora–Hitches rides on larger marine animals, such as whale sharks.
  4. Ear mite–Tears a moth's eardrum and lays eggs there.
  5. Pearlfish–Lives in the bottoms of sea cucumbers.
  6. Tuatara–Resides in Fairy Prion nests, and sometimes eats their eggs!
  7. Komodo Dragon–Lays her eggs in mounds made by scrubfowls.
  8. Arctic Fox–Eats polar bear's leftovers.
  9. Catfish–Steals and eats cichlid eggs and swaps them with their own so the cichlids end up hatching the catfishes' eggs.
  10. Pseudoscorpion–Hitches rides on beetles.

Episode 65: Awesome Ancestors

  1. Megatherium–It was 750 times bigger than its modern cousin, the three-toed sloth. Stood 13 feet tall, weighed 8,000 pounds, and unlike its living relative, it was too big to climb trees.
  2. Phorusrhacus–It was 300 times bigger than the Seriema.
  3. Tyrannosaurus–50 times bigger than the Komodo Dragon.
  4. Diprotodon–The size of a hippopotamus. A modern wombat is the size of a bulldog.
  5. Smilodon–ten times larger than its modern cousin, the leopard.
  6. Sarcosuchus–was more than twice the size of a saltwater crocodile.
  7. Megalodon–It was 50 feet long and weighed 100,000 pounds. It had 10 inch long teeth, and ate big fish and whales.
  8. Giant ant–Due to oxygen, it's twice the size of its modern cousin, the South American army ant.
  9. Haast's Eagle–It was 60 percent bigger than the Harpy Eagle. It hunted Moas for food.
  10. Mammoth–It was 50 percent bigger than its modern cousin, the Asian elephant. It stood 12 feet tall, weighed 16,000 pounds, and lived throughout western Europe, eastern Asia, and northern North America until around 6,000 years ago.

Episode 66: Fashion Disasters

  1. Deer–Their antlers when interlocked, can bring targets to predators and/or death to each other.
  2. Babyrousa–Their upper tusks can go through their skull.
  3. Sage Grouse–The male's air sacs attracted not only females, but also eagles.
  4. Guppy–Their bright colors and spots attracted females, but predators too.
  5. Lion–The darker the mane, the more females he attracts, but the higher the chance he can overheat.
  6. Tiger–White doesn't go well with surviving in nature.
  7. Peacock–The larger the tail feathers, the worse they fly, and the easier the target for predators.
  8. Fiddler Crab–It's hard to escape from danger when you have an arm five times bigger than the other.
  9. Porcupine–Their needles can stick themselves.
  10. Lake Titicaca Frog–Built-in swim suit is good for being in water but not out of water for too long in Lake Titicaca.

Season 5

Episode 67: Inventors

  1. Frog–They can be frozen and can invent suspended animation.
  2. Gecko–The Gecko can invent artificial gecko hair.
  3. Ormia–Could set an example for the hearing aid.
  4. Shark–Can invent sharkskin suits.
  5. Owl–Are built like a stealth bomber.
  6. Gannet–Has built-in airbags.
  7. Beetle–These beetles have built in smoke alarms.
  8. Squid–Have been using jet propulsion much longer than humans.
  9. Dolphin–Have sonar to find their way in the ocean.
  10. Wasp–Invented paper.

Episode 68: Nightlights

  1. Anglerfish–They have to be bright to survive in the eternally dark and murky depths of the deep sea.
  2. Glowworm–Glowing slime to catch prey in caves.
  3. Fish–Cheeks glow. Brightest Light of all animals!
  4. Ostracod–Uses neon to find a mate, and if swallowed, its nightlight makes the predator spit it out.
  5. Firefly–Butt lights up.
  6. Shark–The way that the sunrays reflect off them can make them appear invisible.
  7. Limpet–Emits lights out of its mouth when threatened.
  8. Budgerigar–Glows when aroused under UV light.
  9. Scorpion–Glows under ultraviolet light.
  10. Wolf–Eyes glow in the dark.

Episode 69: Leaders

  1. Termite–One queen rules over five million of her offspring. 20,000 times bigger than her subjects. Only female able to lay eggs. Controls subjects with pheromones.
  2. Honey bee–One queen rules over 20,000–40,000 individuals. Mates with about 12 different males. Controls by releasing pheromones.
  3. Naked Mole Rat–One queen rules over 300 naked mole rats. Everybody has to follow her. Prevents subjects from mating using smells.
  4. Walrus–The alpha male will fight to mate with up to 30+ females.
  5. Elephant–Female rules 30 other elephants.
  6. Gorilla–One male can rule over 20 females and kids.
  7. Lion–The alpha male is often referred to as "king of the jungle".
  8. Kea–The only bird that has an organized flock and a leader.
  9. Wrasse–After the lead male dies, a female can change its sex in just eight days to become leader; male rules over 12 wrasse.
  10. Wolf–The alpha male and female fight bloody battles in order to become the top dog. After that, their pack is cleverly organized and the top dog can lead anywhere from five to ten individuals. The alpha male is clearly the leader; if anybody confronts the alpha male, a bloody battle will be fought.

Episode 70: Medics

  1. Axolotl–If an Axolotl is decapitated by a boat propeller, which happens more often than most people think, it can regrow its own limbs.
  2. Kangaroo–Wallabies produce their own antibiotic healers.
  3. Bear–Scientists still can't figure out why, but when bears hibernate, they don't urinate, their excess body fat doesn't cause them heart disease and they never respond to the outside world until they wake up. It still baffles scientists today.
  4. Chimpanzee–Chimpanzees eat rolled-up leaves to flush tapeworms out of their bowels. When they groom each other, they can remove parasites, such as ticks and lice, from each other's skin.
  5. Elephant–Elephant mothers can eat special leaves while pregnant. Subsequently, they give birth to healthier calves.
  6. Monkey–Eats charcoal to fight infection.
  7. Macaw–Macaws eat clay to fight infection.
  8. Sheep–Sheep recognize certain types of leaves to have healing properties. Thus, they can cure their own illness.
  9. Lemur–Lemurs rub millipedes on themselves so as to cover their fur with hydrogen cyanide to ward off insects.
  10. Eagle–Certain species of eagles place insect repellent leaves in their nests to ward off insects.

Episode 71: Freaky Fliers

  1. Spiderling–Spiders have their own extreme way of flying referred to as ballooning. They release a bubble-like secretion and rely on only the mercy of the wind to bring them to safety. They can land a neighbor away, or on a ship 1,000 miles (1,600 km) off the mainland. Some spiders have been reputed by airline pilots–to have been sailing in the jet stream at 14,000 ft (4,300 m)
  2. Bat–For ages, people have been fooled thinking that bats have wings. They don't. Instead, they propel themselves through the air by using their fingers and the stretched skin that provides assistance of their flying.
  3. Flying Fish–When flying fish are threatened by marine predators, such as sharks, they propel themselves out of the water at roughly 35 mph (56 km/h) and can sail above the sea for 30 seconds at a time, over 400 yd (370 m). long glides.
  4. Colugo–They can glide 100+ yds.
  5. Flying Snake–Even though it has no limbs, they can glide 100 yd (91 m). through the air.
  6. Flying Squirrel–It stretches its skin out and can glide well over 50 yd (46 m). through the air.
  7. Flying frog–It uses its webbed feet to glide 50 yd (46 m). through the air.
  8. Gibbon–It's the perfect acrobat, and it can jump over 15 yd (14 m). to get from tree to tree.
  9. Gliding ant–They can glide 10 yd (9.1 m). through the air.
  10. Flying dragon–They can fly 8 yd (7.3 m). through the air.

Episode 72: Bodysnatchers

  1. Toxoplasma–Is smaller than a cell, yet invades any single host body, including humans. To steer clear of this mad parasite, one should stay away from cold meat. It can also increase one's chances of being affiliated with car-related accidents.
  2. Tapeworm–Invades the bodies of sticklebacks, copepods, and herons, and can grow to be the size of the Stickleback.
  3. Hydatid worm or Hyper Tapeworm–They not only affect humans, but are in a cycle affiliated with moose and wolves. The moose is the victim, as it can die from the parasite attacking its heart, liver, and lungs.
  4. Phorid Fly–Injects its larvae into ants, and the maggots cause the ants' heads to fall off.
  5. Cuckoo–They con reed warblers into thinking that the eggs are theirs by disguising them. The chick ends up being ten times heavier than its adopting parents.
  6. Emperor Penguin–The moms whose chicks die steal other moms' chicks.
  7. Amazon Ant–They steal Firmica Ant eggs and use them as slaves.
  8. Dorylus–Females kidnap males and rip his wings off so the queen can mate.
  9. Zebra–The only time in the countdown when body snatching is a good thing for the victim. If a zebra is snatched, it can help start a new family.
  10. Botfly–Gets mosquitos to lay their eggs in humans. Only #10 because the mosquito is left unharmed.

Episode 73: Crazy Collectors

  1. Pack rat–Collects practically any object for its nest. If it steals something, it usually replaces it with something else. Nests are valuable resources because numerous generations will use the middens, but actually last for thousands of years, allowing paleontologists to further study about the past. Collects plants, rocks, bones, and dung. Collects bones from Elephants, Tigerss, and Sloths, three prehistoric animals.
  2. Male Bowerbird–This fanatic home decorator collects various objects for a bower to attract a female. Every species collects different objects, favoring traits like color, shape, and texture. May spend up to ten months rearranging its collection.
  3. Arctic Fox–During winter, it eats food it collects prior to winter. Collects and buries mostly snow geese eggs, but also stores small birds and mammals, like rabbits.
  4. Acorn Woodpecker–Collects acorns to store over winter. Pecks holes in trees just the right size to store the acorn tightly. One woodpecker had 50,000 acorns.
  5. Mole–Collects and stores earthworms so that it always has something to eat. One mole had 400 worms.
  6. Male Cichlid–One particular species collects empty snail shells, which turn out to be houses in his harem to attract females. Sometimes, cichlids will even steal from neighboring cichlids.
  7. Mud dauber–Collects mouthfuls of mud and molds them into coffin-like structures. Captures spiders and places them in the coffins so the wasp eggs have something to eat when hatching.
  8. Burrowing Owl–Collects random debris for its nest, like paper, foam rubber, and garbage, but it has a fondness for dung, especially that of bison, so it can attract dung beetles, the owl's favorite food.
  9. Pika–Since it does not hibernate, a pika collects lots of grass. Dried grass doesn't rot, so it's the perfect way to store food in the winter. It is #9 because it can make more than a dozen trips an hour.
  10. Magpie–Collects shiny objects, like coins, golf balls, foil, and bottle caps.

Episode 74: Gadgets

  1. Chimpanzee–It uses 19 different tools, like sticks to catch fish with, and uses rocks hammers. It sometimes uses human tools.
  2. Crow–It uses a stick to get at larvae living in small holes, and it's been reputed to have bent metal for beneficial purposes.
  3. Orangutan–It can manufacture a variety of tools, like a leaf to get out of the rain, uses leaf as a straw to drink the rain, and uses a stick to get honey from bees.
  4. Finch–It uses part of a cactus spine or a twig in order to get dinner.
  5. Elephant–Its trunk comes in useful for a lot of things, such as knocking down a tree or picking up a coin.
  6. Heron–Since they have relatively short legs, they use bread hand-outs to act as a lure to lure fish.
  7. Female Digger wasp–Lays eggs underground, and she seals the passage with pebbles, so predators will not harm her offspring.
  8. Vulture–It uses rocks to break open ostrich eggs.
  9. Dolphin–It uses sponges to escape one of the sea's most venomous animals, the stone fish.
  10. Otter–It uses rocks or stone objects to break open mollusk shells.

Episode 75: Psychics

  1. Ladybug–Ladybugs can predict the weather six months in advance. True.
  2. Elephant–Elephants can predict tsunamis. True ... thanks to infrasound.
  3. Leech–Leeches can predict storms. True ... thanks to oxygen.
  4. Shark–Sharks can predict hurricanes. True ... thanks to pressure.
  5. Dog–Dogs have perception. True ... compared to our senses.
  6. Cat–Cats can predict electric storms. True ... partially
  7. Groundhog–Groundhogs predict spring. True ... partially.
  8. Pigeon–Pigeons can predict earthquakes. Maybe.
  9. Cow–Cows can predict sleets. False ... mostly.
  10. Death Watch Beetle–Beetles can predict death. False.

Episode 76: Dirty Jobs

  1. Dung beetle–Dung beetles roll animal droppings.
  2. Skin beetle–They eat bone meats.
  3. Sea cucumber–They eat sediments.
  4. Leafcutter Ant–They plant fungus.
  5. Fly–They are used to treat cuts.
  6. Fish–Eats parasites.
  7. Vulture–Eats corpses.
  8. Bee–Honey is bee vomit.
  9. Hornbill–With chick in the nursery four months.
  10. Frog–Use their feet to make foam nests.

Special Episode

Episode 77: The Best of the Best This episode was unique in that it counted down previous episodes and had the top 20. These results were based on how many viewers saw each episode.

  1. Cookiecutter shark (Biters) The most popular episode.
  2. Ant (Fighters)
  3. Giraffe (Body Parts)
  4. Skunk (Stinkers)
  5. Black Widow spider (Lovers)
  6. Tapeworm (Births)
  7. Water bear (Survivors)
  8. Rhinoceros beetle (Strength)
  9. Seahorse (Dads)
  10. Cuckoo (Cheats)
  11. Sea louse (Moms)
  12. Octopus (Disguises)
  13. Box jellyfish (Venom)
  14. Shark (Super Senses)
  15. Shrew (Predators)
  16. Roundworm (Horrors)
  17. Caterpillar (Gluttons)
  18. Termite (Builders)
  19. Kea (Thinkers)
  20. Flea (Jumpers)

Made up

Episode 78: Awesome Ancestors 2

1. Arthropleura- was 1000 times bigger than the Centipede which was only 11 inches long.

2. Spinosaurus- was 800 times bigger than it's modern cousin the Plumed Basilisk.

3. Glyptodon- was the size of a Volkswagen. It's Modern relative the Armadillo is the size of a Basketball.

4. Castoroides ohioensis- The Size of a Black Bear. A modern Beaver is half the size of a Turkey (bird).

5. Entelodon- was 2.5 times bigger and more visious than a Wild Boar.

6. Deinosuchus- was more than 3 times the size of an American Alligator.

7. Cretoxyrhina- was 25 feet long and weighed 3 tons it's relative the Bull Shark is only 13 feet long and weighs 700 pounds.

8. Amphicyonidae- it was the Ancestors of 2 animals Bears and Dogs with the strength of a Grizzly and the stamina of a Dog.

9. Moa- stood 12 feet tall and was 510 pounds while it's modern day relative the Emu was 6.6 feet tall and weigh 290 pounds.

10. Archelon was 13.5 feet long,16 feet wide and weighs 4500 pounds it's modern relative the Leatherback Sea Turtle was 10 feet long,6 feet wide and weighs 2000 pounds

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

The Most Extreme is a show on Animal Planet.

Quotes from known episodes

Announcer: Earth is a planet of extremes... Extreme places, and extreme animals. But some animals are more extreme than others. Join us as we count down to find the most unusual, and the most extraordinary, on Animal Planet's The Most Extreme. (Said at the beginning of every episode.)

Narrator: All it cares about after maturity is sex. (From the Most Extreme Builders)

Narrator: That's why, when it comes to biting, the cookie-cutter shark really is The Most Extreme! (from the Most Extreme Biters)

Narrator: The Cuckoo Capone really are THE MOST EXTREME!" (from Most Extreme Cheats)

Green Computer Animated man: (Sticking to window) Huh? Whoa! (Falls off building) (From the Most Extreme Inventors)

Narrator: That's why the cookie-cutter shark really is--The Best of the Best. (From The Most Extreme: Best of the Best)








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