Lizard battles onslaught of snakes in nerve-shredding death chase (VIDEO)
Social media users hailed the chase “the greatest chase scene in motion picture history”.
Go lizard go! My heart rate went through the roof. INCREDIBLE: https://t.co/DtGK8pR56Z— Tom Morello (@tmorello) November 7, 2016
The clip opens with a snake spotting and chasing the young lizard, which suddenly stops stock still in its tracks in an effort to hide from its pursuer.
Presenter David Attenborough sets up the tension that follows by explaining that although snakes can’t see very well, they can detect movement. If the iguana can manage to stay calm and very, very still, he may just about manage to escape what would surely be a brutal death.
Unfortunately, after trying to hold its nerve in the face of death, the young iguana can’t wait any longer and instead decides to make a last ditch dash for freedom.
@MrLukeJohnston me & my girlfriend were practically SCREAMING at the TV. What tension, what scale & what a sense of good vs evil.— David Lonergan (@Davlonian) November 7, 2016
Suddenly, several other hungry snakes emerge and chase the iguana at speed.
The tense chase takes an incredible turn when the iguana is suddenly enveloped by snakes. They begin to constrict the lizard in what looks like the beginning of the end.
i legit never rooted for anyone as hard as i was rooting for this lizard https://t.co/fU3SbeTbdJ— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) November 7, 2016
Restoring your faith in the power of the underdog, the iguana somehow escapes his captor’s grip to make a miraculous getaway.
A tweet sharing the incredible footage went viral with an incredible 150,000 retweets within one day of posting.
This Tweet caused my battery to run out faster than that Iguana..— ✏️ (@MrLukeJohnston) November 7, 2016
Late to the party but never thought I'd be emotionally invested in the wellbeing of a lizard. #PlanetEarth2— Laura Robson (@laurarobson5) November 7, 2016
HAVE YOU WATCHED THAT LIZARD VS SNAKES VIDEO?! 😱 😱 😱 pic.twitter.com/D20BIb9I68— The Late Late Show (@latelateshow) November 7, 2016