weapons

In the competitive struggle for survival, less powerful animals have developed an ingenious array of strategies to find and kill their targets. Traps, lures and lies may be the best-known tricks to man, but are also skilfully employed by creatures in the animal kingdom. With weapons of deception, animals can disarm and entice prey to their death. Perhaps the oldest weapons employed by animals are projectiles, evolving their own versions of poison-tipped harpoons, chemical missiles and high-powered bullets.

This episode explores the insidious nature of chemical warfare employed by many animals. All manner of snakes, spiders, lizards and marine life have developed venoms, either as weapons of attack or defense.

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