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This Sidewinding Snake Slithers at 18 MPH

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This Sidewinding Snake Slithers at 18 MPH

Short | 02:52

Reaching speeds up to 18 MPH, the sidewinder slithers rapidly along the desert dunes. The way it buries itself in the sand is even scarier.

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In the Namib Desert, temperatures hit 160 degrees, and the average annual rainfall is just one inch. But withstanding the searing heat is just one struggle. The dunes are filled with predators, and the only way to survive this scorching battlefield is with speed and deadliness. Follow desert hunters like shovel-snouted lizards, sidewinders, even a stray cheetah, and witness their rapid attacks, frame by frame in high definition. Then discover the mechanics that allow these creatures to move, and kill, at such incredible speeds.

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