Viper Queens 蝮蛇女王

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Viper▼ Queens 蝮蛇女王

by Evan Witkowski

From viper snake dens▼ filled with venomous▼ dread▼ come the stories of how three female vipers rule their habitats with iron fangs▼.
從充滿著惡毒恐懼的毒蛇窟發展出三隻雌性蝮蛇用鋼鐵般的尖牙統治棲息地的故事。
  Snakes are notorious for being some of the deadliest animals in the world. Vipers stand out not only for being particularly vicious, but also for their astonishing physical characteristics and adaptive features. In addition to heat-sensing pit▼ organs, vipers also hold the title for having the longest fangs of any snake species. Viper Queens on National Geographic Channel (NGC) is a new documentary that follows three female vipers from the desert of the American Southwest to the jungles and plains of Africa. Get up close and personal with the snakes as the footage▼ reveals their daily habits, as well as the challenges they face, and the unique advantages they have as slithering▼, venomous monarchs▼ of the animal kingdom.
  There’s Velvet, the Gaboon viper, who dwells on the jungle floor and has the virtue of patience. She can remain motionless▼ for long periods while waiting for her prey▼. Gaboon vipers are known for having the longest fangs in the snake kingdom. Velvet’s story is contrasted with those of Nala, a puff adder▼, one of Africa’s most dangerous snakes, and Thelma, a rattlesnake▼ viper. These deadly predators▼ make for fascinating viewing, as the documentarians film them hunting, eating, giving birth, mating, and fighting off any hostile visitors.
  Seeing the world of snakes shot in extreme close-ups might gross out some viewers, but Viper Queens is a chance to see unprecedented▼ interactions in the wild. The filmmakers also include dissections▼ of snake bodies that detail how the animals have adapted to thrive in their environments. Make sure you check out Viper Queens when it premieres▼ on NGC and pay homage to the queen of the snakes!

 
  1. particularly adv. 特別地
    衍: particular a. 特殊的;特別的
    Newborn infants are particularly vulnerable to the flu.
    初生的嬰兒特別容易感染流感。
    *vulnerable a. 脆弱的;易受影響的
    Debbie’s dog’s behavior is typical of that particular breed.
    黛比家狗狗的行為正是牠那品種的特性。
  2. vicious a. 凶狠的;惡毒的
    The vicious killing of the infant panda by its mother shocked the whole nation.
    這隻母貓熊殺死貓熊寶寶的殘忍行徑讓全國大為震驚。
  3. astonishing a. 驚人的
    We watched the astonishing fireworks display from the roof of our building.
    我們在自家大樓的屋頂觀賞那場驚人的煙火秀。
  4. characteristic n. 特徵,特性 & a. 特有的,獨特的
    衍: be characteristic of…  是……的寫照/特有的
    Alex’s most notable characteristics are his bright blue eyes and handsome smile.
    艾力克斯最顯著的特徵就是他鮮藍色的雙眼及帥氣的笑容。
    Black and white stripes are characteristic of zebras.
    黑白相間的條紋是斑馬特有的。
  5. adaptive a. 有適應能力的
  6. feature n. 特色 & vt. 以……為主要特色
    The city’s main features are its antique buildings and sandy beaches.
    該城市的主要特色就是其古老的建築和沙灘。
    At the press conference, the director said he was shooting a movie featuring monsters and young heroes.
    在記者會上,那名導演說他正在拍一部怪獸跟少年英雄的電影。
  7. reveal vt. 揭示,揭露
    No one likes his or her private life to be revealed.
    誰都不願自己的私生活被揭露出來。
  8. dwell vi. 居住(三態為:dwell, dwelt , dwelt。)
    衍: dwell on…  老是想著……
    The eagle dwells in the mountains where humans rarely visit.
    老鷹棲息於人煙稀少的山上。
    Stop dwelling on the past and feeling sorry for yourself! You must move on.
    別再老想著過去自怨自艾了!你要往前走。
  9. virtue n. 優點;好處
    This plan has the virtue of being easy to carry out.
    這個計劃的好處就是它容易實現。
  10. fascinating a. 極好的,迷人的
    Researchers are always making fascinating discoveries.
    研究人員總有了不起的發現。
  11. interaction n. 互動
    衍: interact vi. 互動(與介詞 with 並用)
    interact with…  與……互動
    We use a lot of body language in our day-to-day interactions with people.
    在每天與人互動中,我們使用許多肢體語言。
    People with autism find it hard to interact socially with others.
    患有自閉症的人很難與他人社交互動。
    *autism n. 自閉症
  12. detail vt. 詳述 & n. 細節
    Officer O’Malley detailed the horrible crime for the media.
    歐麥利警官對媒體詳細說明那起可怕的犯罪案件。
    Michael knows every detail of his wife’s lovely face.
    麥可對他太太美麗臉龐的每個細節都一清二楚。
  13. thrive vi. 茁壯成長,蓬勃發展
    Our garden started to thrive once we installed a sprinkler system.
    安裝了灑水系統後,我們的花園開始欣欣向榮。
▼ viper n. 蝮蛇
▼ den n. 窟,窩,穴
▼ venomous a. 有毒的
▼ dread n. 可怕的東西;恐懼
▼ fang n. 尖牙;毒牙
▼ pit n. 頰窩(部份蛇類所擁有的獨特熱能感測器官)
▼ footage n.(影片的)連續鏡頭;(某一事件的)影片
▼ slither vi.(尤指蛇)滑動,爬行
▼ monarch n. 君主
▼ motionless a. 不動的;靜止的
▼ prey n. 獵物
衍: fall prey to…  成為……的獵物/犧牲者
▼ puff adder n. 鼓腹??
▼ rattlesnake n. 響尾蛇
▼ predator n. 捕食者
▼ hostile a. 有敵意的
▼ unprecedented a. 史無前例的,前所未有的
▼ dissection n. 解剖
▼ premiere vi. & vt. & n. 首演,首映
  1. be filled with…  充滿……
    同: be full of…  
    That Japanese restaurant is always filled with customers on weekends.
    那家日本餐廳週末時總是擠滿了顧客。
  2. be notorious for…  因……而惡名昭彰
    notorious a. 惡名昭彰的,聲名狼藉的
    Hank is notorious for his drunken behavior at parties.
    漢克因常在派對上酒醉鬧事而惡名昭彰。
  3. get up close and personal with…   近距離接觸……,和……近距離接觸
    At the marine park, we were allowed to get up close and personal with the sea lions.
    在那座海洋公園,我們得以和海獅近距離接觸。
  4. give birth (to…)  生產(……)
    The old woman predicted that Miranda would give birth to twins next year.
    這位老婆婆預測米蘭達明年會生雙胞胎。
  5. fight off… / fight… off  擊退/擺脫……
    Angela drank lots of orange juice while trying to fight off a cold.
    安琪拉試圖治好感冒的同時喝了很多柳橙汁。
  6. gross out sb / gross sb out  令某人作嘔
    gross vt. 使作嘔 & a. 噁心的
    Kent’s lack of personal hygiene often grosses his roommates out.
    肯特缺乏個人衛生習慣,這點常讓他的室友作嘔。
    *hygiene n. 衛生
  7. adapt to…  適應……
    adapt vi. 適應 & vt. 使適應
    It took the new employee about a month to adapt to the new environment.
    這名新進員工花了一個月左右的時間去適應新環境。
  8. pay homage to…  向……致敬
    homage n. 崇敬,尊敬
    The director made the movie to pay homage to the people who died in the war.
    那位導演拍這部電影是為了向在戰爭中死去的人致敬。

蝮蛇女王
從充滿著惡毒恐懼的毒蛇窟發展出三隻雌性蝮蛇用鋼鐵般的尖牙統治棲息地的故事。
  蛇以身為世界上最致命的動物之一而惡名昭彰。蝮蛇不僅因為牠們特別兇狠,也因為牠們驚人的身體特徵和適應能力而從中脫穎而出。除了熱能感測頰窩器官之外,蝮蛇也在蛇類中擁有最長毒牙的頭銜。《蝮蛇女王》是國家地理頻道從美國西南部的沙漠到非洲的叢林和平原跟拍三條雌性蝮蛇的全新紀錄片。觀眾得以與這些蛇親密接觸,鏡頭下揭示牠們的日常習慣和所面臨的挑戰,以及牠們身為動物王國中滑行的惡毒君主之獨特優勢。
  名叫薇薇特的加彭?蛇居住在叢林地面,耐心是她的優點。她在等待獵物時可以長時間保持靜止不動。加彭?蛇以擁有蛇類王國中最長的毒牙而聞名。薇薇特的故事被拿來與鼓腹??娜拉(非洲最危險蛇類之一)以及響尾蛇塞爾瑪對比。這些致命的掠食者相當吸睛,紀錄片導演拍下牠們狩獵、進食、生產、交配以及擊退懷有敵意的不速之客。
  觀賞極度特寫的蛇類王國可能會令某些觀眾作嘔,但是《蝮蛇女王》是一睹野外生物史無前例互動的機會。節目製作人還收錄了蛇身解剖片段,細說這些動物如何適應環境並成長茁壯。千萬別錯過《蝮蛇女王》在國家地理頻道中的首播,也別忘了向蛇后致敬!
 
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