Swamp Wars

Miami is a vacationer’s paradise with its beautiful beaches and sizzling nightlife.

But lurking behind these idyllic images are snakes, dangerous alligators, aggressive iguanas, Africanized bees and other overgrown reptiles running – and slithering – amok.

Animal Planet’s SWAMP WARS, a new six-part docudrama premiering Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, beginning November 16 goes to the front lines of this critter invasion with Venom One – the only team with the fearlessness and knowledge to battle these vicious and often venomous creatures.

Virtually every backyard in Miami and throughout South Florida has snakes. No one knows this better than Chief Al Cruz and his team, known throughout the region as Venom One, an elite group of specially trained fire fighter/paramedics within Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. It’s the only emergency response team of its kind, and it currently holds the largest and only anti-venom bank available for public use in the United States. SWAMP WARS follows the intensity and urgency of their daily clash with nature as this courageous team takes down killer snakes and races to deliver anti-venoms, ultimately saving lives.


Highlights from SWAMP WARS include:


SWAMP WARS: “Killer Pythons”

Wednesday, November 16 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Ever since Hurricane Andrew destroyed a snake breeding facility, pythons have been multiplying in the Everglades. The Venom One team hunts down many of these dangerous constrictors, including a giant four-meter python that is roaming the streets of Miami.


SWAMP WARS: “Gator vs Python”

Wednesday, November 23 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

After a python eats a gator, theories on the battle between the two run rampant. African Rock pythons are now becoming a big problem in the suburbs of Miami. They are breeding fast and are far more aggressive and deadlier than their Burmese counterparts.


SWAMP WARS: “Cannibal Gator”

Wednesday, November 30 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Gators turn up everywhere, from backyard pools to guest bathrooms – one woman is even killed by a gator while gardening. And when beheaded pythons start turning up in Miami, the team turns to a mystical religion that practices animal sacrifice.


Also this season on SWAMP WARS, when a teenage boy is bit by a deadly snake, the Venom One team must rush into action to save his life on “Snakes Attack Suburbia” (Dec. 7). Next, on “Snake Farm Shootout,” a snake farm filled with hundreds of venomous reptiles is taken hostage by a gunman and it’s feared these deadly snakes will be unleashed into suburbia (Dec. 14). And on the season finale, “Killer in Your Mailbox”, the team must capture a massive python with amazing speed and agility (Dec. 21).