Season 1, Episode 18 Costa Rica: Land of Pure Life

First Aired: May 29, 2001

Surveying wildlife in Costa Rica. This Central American nation is a “land of pure life,” says narrator Holland Taylor, but “survival is a lottery.” A case in point: sea turtles, which hatch each winter on Pacific Ocean beaches. Hungry vultures await, along with coatis and wood storks. In a rainforest inland, a boa constrictor eyes a rat, then swallows it in one gulp; and two Hercules beetles fight for turf (a log). But for two romantically inclined crocodiles, it's time to make love, not war.

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