Giants and Spiders and Frogs, Oh My!
September 6, 2009 11:08 PM Subscribe
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As many as 40 new species may have been discovered near the crater of a volcano in New Guinea. Not to alarm anyone but Fearless Giant Rats
, Caterpillars that look like Snakes
and Fanged Frogs
have been spotted and are said to be at large.
BBC producer Steve Greenwood took a small crew from the BBC Natural History Unit in to Mount Bosavi crater. The extinct giant volcano is in the southern highlands of Papua, New Guinea. Partnering with a team from the London Zoo and Oxford University led by George McGavin, the crew recorded some of the team's fascinating discoveries. There were other dangers
, besides the Rodents Of Unusual Size
The area is so remote and inaccessible that no people live in the crater. Even villagers in the few scattered settlements surrounding the volcano rarely ventured in, due to the difficulty of climbing the slopes leading to a 2,800m summit.
"'If you fall when climbing in,' one village elder said, 'no one will ever find your body,'" recounts Greenwood.
The series, titled 'The Lost Land of the Volcano
' will air on BBC One on Tuesday September 8th, at 2100 BST. The Invertebrate Diary blog has a preview
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