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[They've made camp and night has fallen]

[Showing a book about insects to Hammond, who has a phobia of them] This is a book about all the creatures that live in the rainforest that Mr Sting hasn't told us about. Would you like to hear about... the Brazilian wandering spider?

[Looking uncomfortable] Not really no.

Causes around five human fatalities a year. Lives on the forest floor.

[Hammond turns on a toy dinosaur shaped head torch, which quietly screeches a few times]

What is that?

Head torch. I'm looking for a, what was it called a wandering spi-?

Would you like to hear about the Fer-de-Lance

Is it furry?

It's a venemous pit viper. It's bite will cause necrosis of the tissues surrounding the initial wound. The venom will cause kidney failure, fever, and death in three to four days. Would you like to see a photograph of someone who's been bitten by one of these?

[Clarkson shines his flashlight over a graphic picture of someone whose leg has graphically necrotized]

Oh.... God!

It's okay. It lives in North and South America, so that's...


Exactly here. [Later] Ooh, the botfly, now this is a marvellous thing. The botfly cannot sting a human directly, but captures smaller insects, lays its larvae upon them and then releases them. If the smaller host insect then bites the human, the botfly larvae are impregnated into the skin. The larvae then pupates inside the skin, at which point they eat their way out and fly away. The BBC Natural History Unit reports the case of a man, who was bitten behind the ear, and was kept awake at night by the sound of the botfly larvae eating the flesh inside his head.

[Cut to view of the moon]

[voiceover] Hammond didn't have a good night.

[Cut to outside Hammond's tent]

[From inside his tent] What's that? Aaagh! Ah! Stick insects! Something's honestly landed- there's things on my head - oh, what is that?! There's something that just flew in my hair and it's squeaking at me and it's big, it's really big...!

[voiceover] ...and to be honest, he didn't have a great morning either.

WHO has done this? [cuts to Richard with one of his trouser legs missing]

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