This documentary was presented on Animal Planet. The text was written by Sandy Blok and was filmed by Jack Noterham.

We're about to take you on a trip of discovery about the nastiest, loudest, and smelliest creature on our planet: the slitherwort.

The slitherwort lives in the mangrove forests of Florida. It tends to prefer the boggier parts of this large swamp. It is nine feet in length, and the upper body is four feet tall. Its three eye stocks are two inches tall. Even though they have three eyes, slitherworts have terrible eyesight.

Slitherworts have six pairs of legs. The front feet are large and remarkably strong, while the rest are small and rarely used. The body is oval shaped and is very lumpy; it almost looks as if it's covered in warts. The slitherwort has a thick coat of slime surrounding its body, which helps it to slither and swim. Surprisingly, the skin feels like slippery, gooey cloth. The slitherwort 's body is so warm that you can see steam rising from its skin which is a mottled green and brown, even though this works well for hiding, it still can be easily spotted.

A female slitherwort moves loudly through the mangrove forest that all the birds within mile radius flee. This slitherwort is looking for a place to build her nest. Once she finds the location that she likes, she lays her eggs and makes a small mound over the eggs. She may lay as many as 800 eggs. Usually only two survive for various reasons. She lays many decoy eggs, in case a predatory bird finds the nest and eats some them. She finishes the nest and walks away, leaving it to fend for itself. She leaves it and an egghopper, who has seen the mother create the nest, digs it up and eats six eggs. Egghoppers are large birds and may eat as many as ten eggs a day.

Four weeks later, the eggs hatch. Out of the 794 eggs only 200 hatch. The hatchlings are less then a foot long. Young slitherworts look identical to their parents, except they're much smaller. Even though when their adults they will be constantly be at war; when they are young they stay together for protection. The young slitherworts gather and head to the nearest body of water. The slitherworts need to find water to keep their skin from drying out. The nearest water site is usually not hard to find, since slitherworts live in a bog-like environment. The young slitherworts gather and head to the nearest body of water.

But a crow has noticed the nest that the egghopper had uncovered and has been watching it closely. As soon as the slitherworts have gathered together, the crow swoops and catches one in its beak. Unluckily for our slitherworts, this crow is not alone. For a whole flock of birds are waiting for them, along with many meat-eating rabbits. Our slitherworts try with all of their might to move away from their attackers, but the meat-eating rabbits catch them from the ground. Soon there are only 60 slitherworts left.

Our slitherworts push on as fast as they can to the nearest water source. Soon they reach it, and they must hunt, before they starve to death. When they are young, they eat insects. A female slitherwort spots a worm and sits completely still, waiting for the chance to strike; should she move a muscle too soon, she will loose her prey. She strikes and misses, but she notices that a male nearby has made a kill, and she goes to steal it. A female, even when young, is larger then a male, and is much stronger; but this male is not willing to give up his meal. The female attacks, kills him, and eats his kill and him.

Surprisingly, if one female has a meal and the other doesn't, they share, but if a male has a meal and the female doesn't, she will kill him unless he gives up his meal. A female needs to be more powerful than a male, because a female lives nine years, while a male lives no more than a year. This tactic works very well for the females, and does not work well for the males

Our female hisses contentedly, calling some of the other females to share her meal. A small way off, all of the males are fighting furiously with each other, for no real reason. These fights are usually the number one cause of death among slitherworts. Because of the fighting, they didn't notice a whole group of crocodiles approaching. The crocodile zooms in on our slitherworts and attacks them furiously; a full-grown crocodile can easily eat seven young slitheworts at a time. After the attack from the crocodiles, only one slitherwort is left, a female, who has not been noticed by the voracious crocodiles.

In the first few months of her life, our slitherwort needs to eat two thirds of her body weight in order for her to grow. She luckily, learns fast, and soon is catching larger things than just worms. She is beginning to eat anything that she may get her mouth around, which includes baby crocodiles, baby alligators, and the kills of other animals. Yet, she still needs to look out for full-grown crocodiles, alligators, and meat-eating rabbits.

It has now been six months since our slitherwort has hatched. She is now the full length and height of an adult, and it is time to claim some territory. Females can tolerate young slitherworts under the age of six months, but after words the owner of the territory will kill it. Most importantly it must have is a large water supply which needs to be deep enough for the slitherwort to completely submerse. The territory must also have plentiful food.

Our slitherwort hurries through all of the young slitherwort's territories. She finds some land with an old slitherwort. She tries to approach the senior as quietly as possible, but the old one hears her and sends out a few warning gurgles. Our slitherwort ignores the gurgles and gets closer. The old timer sees that our slitherwort isn't going to back off. The grandma charges and starts to scratch and bite our slithewort. Our slitherwort quickly starts her own attack, and slowly drives the older female to a place where she cannot move. The young one quickly finishes the old female off; she will be able to eat off this carcass for a week or so.

January 31st, mating day. Our slitherwort starts to send long howls to tell the males that she is here, and that she is ready to mate. Her howling attracts three males, but she can only court with one. So all three males start to fight amongst themselves, with the female watching them with grim amusement. Finally, one of the slitherworts gets killed. After the first one the second one quickly follows. Our slitherwort gurgles and swipes at the victorious male; this is a test of bravery. The male responds by gurgling and baring his teeth. Now she is to fight him, not harshly but to test his strength. She attacks, and they fight for a good while, until they break up. Our slitherwort gives permission to the male to mate with her. Right after mating, the male dies. Now our female must find a place to lay her eggs.

She needs a location that has plenty of sunlight, soft dirt, and decomposing matter. She finds the location, lays her 800 eggs, and builds a mound over them. After all of that is done, she leaves the eggs, not caring if the hatchlings live or die.