What People Are Saying About Creeping Things Videos

The best video series I have seen on reptiles ever… If you have kids or teenagers interested in creeping things you will want to pick up this series…fun, funny and educational. We LOVED it!  – Gina Black

I absolutely love the Creeping Things Video Series! Love it! Every episode is loaded with information and so entertaining. Kids love this stuff. But, this fabulous series is not just for kids. It’s for all ages. I’m a 53 year old mom and I love it! I never knew how to tell the difference between a virtually harmless scorpion and a dangerously venomous one. I do now. I grew up around lizards and never knew that the awesome Horned Toad (my fave) drank from the water gathered on its back… And the list goes on! Just amazing facts! Nathan, God has clearly gifted you with the ability to teach. And I praise God for you all, Nathan, Alma, Aiyana and Ian, and the work you are doing; teaching these amazing facts about these incredible creatures so that we look to and praise the Creator! I highly recommend this series! And, I pray God’s continued blessing on your work. Can’t wait for the next episodes! Keep ’em coming!  – Toni Owens

The [Christmas] gift with the largest reaction from the kids. Hope the series will continue for next Christmas. – Phillip Dauben

Informative, engaging, and entertaining video series! Our family thoroughly enjoyed watching, especially since Nathan (with the assistance of his two children!) clearly articulates the amazing characteristics of the many under appreciated creeping creatures. We are really looking forward to future episodes! Highly recommended!  – Keith Scott

My grandson was so excited. He’s been wanting these ever since he watched them at the [Creation and Earth History] museum. My grandboys LOVE Creeping Things!  –  June McGreevy

Creeping Things is an excellent and educational series for the whole family. My kids love seeing the real animals (me too) and learning their purpose as designed by God. I appreciate not having to worry about evolution being pushed on my children and am thrilled more videos are in the making!  – Rhanda Smith

What a fantastic, creative, educational and more importantly, Biblical series. Creeping Things is like the Discovery Channel meets Biblical reality. This series is not only refreshing for our society, it’s great for kids ages 0-105 (and up). It’s a blessing for the purpose of Soli Deo Gloria (for the glory of God).  – Cody Hug

Awesome videos! What a refreshing look at God’s amazing creation! My boys love these videos tons!! Us too! Very informative and educational as well!  – Kaitlyn Owens

Our kids loved the videos! They even chose the creeping things video over the Bernstein Bears! That is saying a lot!  – Amber de la Motte

Personally, being from Florida… most of our creeping things are poisonous thus I am not the biggest fan; however after watching The Creeping Things Video Series, it gave me a new perspective on God’s creatures that creep along the ground! This series was educational and entertaining, I would suggest it to anyone… both those who enjoy creeping things and those who don’t, because either way… your appreciation for that which God has created will grow after watching this video series! I know mine did! Glory to God!  – Steven Policastro Jr.

Inexpensive, an awesome series, kids will love it, and even adults will learn in a fun an intriguing way! Why allow your kids to watch what the networks think they should watch, when they can learn while having fun?!?  – Jd Johnson

The Creeping Things film series was a hit for our family movie night! It was a blessing to see our son connect God’s Word with His workmanship through these exciting, educational and fun-filled animal adventures! Thank you Creeping Things for your partnership in ministry and for using your God given talents to encourage future generations of Biblical truths. We are excited about future Creeping Things programs at the Creation & Earth History Museum and look forward to educating more people through God’s created creatures. – Jayson Payne

My family loves Creeping Things! We have purchased all three DVDs. The DVDs really bring to my grandchildren’s attention that there is even a purpose for the creation of creepy things and the expression on my grandchildren’s face when they hear that truth is priceless. Thank you Creeping Things for your faithfulness to the Lord and spreading truth too many!  – Stacey and Joe Gaona

The “Creeping Things” video series is fun and exciting, taking you into the field for an up-close look. I love the fact that throughout the DVDs his family plays an integral part in the exploration and discovery. I recently invited Nathan onto my television program, Creation in the 21st Century, where he spoke about reptiles and other creatures, even bringing live animals onto the set! Nathan is a knowledgeable guy with a sincere heart for sharing God’s awesome creations. – David Rives

Thank you, Nathan, Alma, Aiyana, Ian for an incredible 4 weeks of Creeping Things! I thank the Lord He’s equipped you, Nathan, with the ability to clearly, articulately shed some light on these amazing critters. Your sessions were not only filled with info, they were quite entertaining as well. Really enjoyed this series.  The Designer of these critters is clearly the focus of your work. I praise God for you all. Praying his continued blessing on this work.  – Prospect Avenue Baptist Church

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Creeping Things Video Trailers

The video trailers to the first 3 episodes of Creeping Things are available on YouTube!

Creeping Things is an exciting new video series that focuses on reptiles, amphibians, insects, and arachnids all from a Biblical worldview!

Click on the links below to check them out!

 

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Creeping Things Episode 1: Underappreciated Creepers

 

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Click here to purchase one today!

 

Creeping Things is produced by Awesome Science Media, to see more of their videos and products click here.

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Creeping Things Video Series Now Selling!

The first 3 episodes of Creeping Things are out and already selling in many different locations!
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Our official website to buy the DVD’s is www.creepingthingsdvd.com

And all 3 episodes are now available at all these fine retailers:

Awesome Science Media
https://www.awesomesciencemedia.com/produc…/creeping-things/

Answers in Genesis
https://answersingenesis.org/search/…

Creation Ministries International
http://usstore.creation.com/cat…/advanced_search_result.php…

The Creation Superstore
https://creationsuperstore.com/?s=creeping&post_type=product

The Creation and Earth History Museum’s online store – Creationbookstore.com
http://www.creationbookstore.com/search.php…

And coming to new locations soon!

The Creeping Things DVD program focuses on insects, arachnids, reptiles, amphibians, and anything else that creeps upon the ground and where they fit into God’s Creation. Each episode is a showcase of the glory, power, and genius of the Master Designer. We can’t wait to see how the Lord is going to use this series!

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The Creeping Things cast

Episode 1: Underappreciated Creepers – This episode focuses on the creatures of this world that people tend to overlook or dismiss and how there is much to be learned from them.

Episode 2: Desert Creepers – This episode is all about the creeping things that inhabit the deserts of the southwest.

Episode 3: California Creepers – This episode showcases the iconic creeping creatures that call California their home.

Get your copies today!

CREEPING THINGS VIDEO SERIES!!!

Nathan Hutcherson, Aiyana Hutcherson and Ian Hutcherson starring in Creeping Things Video Series
Nathan Hutcherson, Aiyana Hutcherson and Ian Hutcherson starring in Creeping Things Video Series

Creeping Things is a DVD series hosted by me, Nathan Hutcherson. Join me and my two children as we explore the great outdoors, hunting down every animal that creeps on the ground, and showcasing God’s incredible creation. The series is produced and directed by Kyle Justice, an Emmy nominated producer who runs Awesome Science and Compel Media

You can check out Creeping Things Video Series Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/creepingthingsDVD

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The Hutchersons with camera man Noah Justice

 

 

Nathan Hutcherson going over script details with producer/ director Kyle Justice
Nathan Hutcherson going over script details with producer/ director Kyle Justice

 

 

Behind the scenes filming of Creeping Things Video Series

 

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The Hutchersons filming Creeping Things

 

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A little rock climbing while searching for creeping things

 

rock climbing while searching for creeping things

 

The Hutchersons snake handling while filming
The Hutchersons snake handling while filming

 

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Producer, director, and camera man, Kyle Justice does it all

 

behind the scenes of Creeping Things

 

Nathan Hutcherson educating us about a Great Basin Gophersnake (Pituophis catenifer deserticola)
Nathan Hutcherson educating us about a Great Basin Gophersnake (Pituophis catenifer deserticola)

 

Kyle filming in riparian habitat
Kyle filming in riparian habitat

 

Nathan handling a large gophersnake
Nathan handling a large gophersnake

 

 

Look for the first three episodes of Creeping Things Video Series coming soon!

The Onychophoran Mucous Cowboy – The Peripatus

I site the following article from one of my favorite organizations, Creation Ministries International. CMI’s website, Creation.com overflows with a tremendous wealth of information.

 

Here is the original article:

http://creation.com/what-is-peripatus

What Peripatus is, is unique.

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Peripatus – Wikipedia Commons

 

At first glance, it looks like a caterpillar. However, on closer examination the external appearance is more like an annelid (earth) worm. In fact, it is also called a ‘velvet worm’. The head is continuous with the body. The eyes probably distinguish only light and dark. The outer cuticle is thin and flexible, with no external segmentation (divisions).

The internal anatomy is similar to the arthropods including, for example, lobsters, insects and spiders. And the appendages (‘legs’) are hollow, unjointed, cone-shaped structures with a retractable foot and hooked claw.

These organisms live only in moist habitats such as the tropical forest floor and in rotting logs. They are nocturnal and carnivorous, feeding on small live insects and crustaceans and carcasses of larger insects.

Their method of catching victims is certainly original. Two slime glands, at the side of the mouth, eject a milky fluid up to 30 centimetres which congeals on contact with air, entangling the prey. The flexible body allows these predators to pursue victims even into cracks and crevices.

The group known as Onychophora, which includes Peripatus and similar forms, contains 70 known species in two families. They need a lot of moisture in their environment, and range in size from 1.5 to 15 centimetres (5/8 of an inch to 6 inches).

Not a ‘missing link’

Many biologists, taking into account the mixture of characteristics — some typical of annelids and others of arthropods — consider the onychophorans to be transitional between these two major groups of animals. However, Stephen Jay Gould points out in Wonderful Life (W.W. Norton & Company, 1989, p. 168) that the appearance of arthropods, according to evolutionary timetables, should have occurred more than 550 million years ago. Gould does not believe that Peripatus could have lasted in its present form for so long.

There is an organism in the fossil record however, that is extraordinarily similar. It is Aysheaia from the Burgess Shale (dated at 530 million years old). The difference is that Aysheaia was apparently marine, whereas Peripatus and all living onychophorans are terrestrial. Nevertheless, Gould quotes G. Evelyn Hutchinson to the effect that in life, Aysheaia must have been extraordinarily similar to Peripatus (p. 169), and Gould himself says of Peripatus and Aysheaia, ‘the similarities are impressive and anatomically deep, the differences superficial …’ (p. 171).

According to standard evolutionary interpretations then, organisms closely resembling Peripatus have existed for an extraordinary time interval. It seems most unlikely that an organism represented by such a restricted ecology should have survived so long. The more reasonable alternative is that Peripatus has lived only a short time on earth and that the long-age interpretations are incorrect.

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Paripatus Anatomy – Wikipedia Commons

Amazing Feature

There is another amazing feature of Peripatus and other onychophorans. Within this small group with almost no other variation, there is an astonishing range of reproductive strategies. The variety is as great as we find in the whole class Mammalia (mammals). This remarkable diversity of reproductive styles includes development like that of monotremes (such as the platypus, which lays eggs), marsupials (such as kangaroos, which protect tiny live-born young in a special pouch and nourish them on mother’s milk) and placentals (the young are nourished in the uterus by means of a placenta and are then born live).

Within the one family of onychophorans (the Peripatidae) are individuals with a true placenta. These can be found around the world in the tropics. Others in this family do not have a true placenta, but instead develop a large yolky egg inside the mother. These animals can be found in the eastern Himalayas, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.

Females in the family Peripatopsidae, on the other hand, either lay eggs or retain the eggs inside the mother, where development is facilitated by secretions, but no true placenta is involved. These animals are southern in distribution, for example South America, South Africa and Australia.

What we know about Peripatus and other onychophorans is that this is a group with generalized feeding habits, which lives in warm, moist protected environments. It is supposed to have remained much the same for extremely long periods of time, except for a wide diversity of the most sophisticated reproduction styles. It seems unreasonable to accept that reproduction could become so varied while the rest of the organism stayed static and primitive for close to 600 million years.

Rather, these organisms demonstrate the richness and variety of creation. What Peripatus is, is wonderful.

Text – © Creation Science Dialogue, #194, 3803 Calgary Trail S., Suite 1136, Edmonton, Alberta, T6J 5M8

Book a Creeping Things Show

Are you tired of evolutionary dogma being crammed down your throat and having it force fed to your children? Would you like an exciting and educational animal show that seeks to glorify and praise God instead? If so, book a Creeping Things show today!

Our hands-on creature presentations can be custom fit to your needs.

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Great for:

Youth groups and AWANA – Liven up your class with live animals and a knowledgeable guest speaker.

Bible Studies and  Small Groups – The topic of Creation is a fascinating study; get up close and personal with some of God’s creations.

Church Events and Festivals – There are few things more invitable than a live animal show; with a little advertising God’s creatures always draw a crowd. We are here to entertain and educate believers and to reach the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Home School Presentations – We have done several presentations for homeschool groups; usually during studies on zoology or the days of creation.

Christian Camps and Outings – Let us show you some of the underappreciated  local wildlife.

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Shows feature 10 or more animals and can be tailored to your needs. Typical animals are; African Ball Pythons, Woma Pythons, Cornsnakes, Bearded Dragons, Leopard Geckos,  European Legless Lizards, Red-eared Slider Turtles, Russian Tortoises, Chilean Rose Hair Tarantulas, Giant Desert Hairy Scorpions, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, and more.

In the San Diego area – $175

Southern California areas outside of the San Diego area – $300

Call (619) 905-2524 to book a show today!

Frozen Alive (Answers Magazine)

Here is another great article from Answers in Genesis

https://answersingenesis.org/reptiles/frozen-alive-eastern-box-turtles/

Frozen Alive!

Eastern Box Turtles

by Gordon Wilson on June 7, 2011; last featured November 2, 2014

Linger a few minutes too long in subzero weather, and you’ll “freeze to death.” But our loving Creator gave certain intrepid animals, which are forced to winter in the cold, their own antifreeze. They can literally be “frozen alive” and emerge unharmed.

After my family moved to northern Idaho, I recalled fond memories of my childhood back East. When a high-school friend told me he was planning to visit the East coast, I asked him to bring back a living reminder of my past—a box turtle. He obliged and brought a beautiful male specimen, which I named “Waldo Pepper.”

I built an outdoor pen in which Waldo puttered about throughout the summer. When winter approached, he dug a shallow burrow to prepare for the cold. I piled autumn leaves over him and covered everything with a small tarp. It can get bitterly cold in Idaho, but that winter was unusually frigid. I remember it dipped down to 30°F below zero (-34°C).

When spring came, I must admit that I wasn’t hopeful to find Waldo alive. On the first warmish day I anxiously scraped away the leaves. I saw the top of his shell, barely below ground level. “He didn’t dig deep enough,” I worried. “He’s sure to be dead.” I touched his shell and to my delight it lurched as he moved within. He had made it through that wintery blast!

I knew box turtles “hibernated,” but I had no clue how he could survive being frozen alive. It didn’t matter to me. Waldo was alive and well!

Uncovering the Turtle’s Secret

If you’re native to the eastern half of the United States, you’re probably familiar with the eastern box turtle. During the summer you’ll see them lumbering across roads, or if you have a keen eye, you’ll spot them blending in among the jumble of yellow, red, and brown leaves on the forest floor.

Males may be looking for a mate while females are looking for a place to lay eggs, or they may simply be hunting for a nice snack of beetles, worms, slugs, berries, or mushrooms, or for a good place to dig in for the night.

However, when winter’s chill approaches, you probably won’t see them anymore, even if you look hard. They’re dug in for the winter, riding out the cold and storms within their icy burrows.

GOD EQUIPPED THEM WITH ANTIFREEZE!

Box turtles truly take “hibernation” to another level.1 What special provision enables these four-legged tanks to endure subzero weather in such woefully shallow burrows? The answer sounds almost like science fiction. God equipped them with antifreeze!

When a box turtle begins to experience chillier temperatures, its liver releases lots of glucose (a simple sugar) into the bloodstream. The sugar is then concentrated in various organs and acts as a sort of biological antifreeze. The places that are the most protected are the liver, heart, and blood serum. The brain and eyes are also filled with glucose.

Meanwhile, water is moved out of the cells and into body cavities, where it is allowed to freeze. The high glucose and low water levels prevent ice crystals from forming within cells. (Ice crystals would spell doom for cells because they puncture their membranes.)

So where does the ice form? Some researchers found ice packed around the brain, leg muscles, and in the body cavities around and between other organs. Even the lungs become icy chunks of tissue. When temperatures get really frigid, even the heart stops beating!

Another study found that up to 58% of the turtle’s body water could be frozen solid for at least 73 hours. It’s like a temporary “death” without decay. Once the turtle thaws out, it appears to be no worse for the wear. When spring arrives, the various organs gradually “come back to life.” This is kind of a “death and resurrection” every winter and spring.

The Main Danger Today

In eternity past—before God created the first turtles and humans—He knew that Adam would sin and bring a curse upon His world. Weather would fluctuate wildly, especially after the Flood, so box turtles and all other creatures would need to be prepared for the extremes.

Designed for Defense

Box Turtle

Photo courtesy Gordon Wilson

Eastern box turtles are land turtles and can’t escape threats the way many river and pond turtles do. These water turtles can simply plop into the water. But since box turtles don’t usually have that option, God has equipped them with other protective measures.

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES. Even though they are well camouflaged, box turtles are not invisible. Predators do find them, and of course land turtles can’t sprint to safety. So God has equipped them with a suit of armor (the upper and lower shells). The lower shell, or plastron, is hinged so that the front and back can seal tight against the upper shell (left). Meanwhile, the turtle’s head, legs, and tail are tucked safely away.

Although we live in a fallen world where many animals face the ever-present threat of extinction, God has graciously equipped His creatures to be downright durable. In most cases, each kind of creature possesses enough “tricks up its sleeve” to endure the worst extremes various habitats might offer. Even when critters are relocated (like Waldo’s move to Idaho), they can often endure harsher conditions.

Despite their God-given toughness, many creatures face another serious threat. Though God told mankind to be a good steward of His creation, at times humans can become its worst enemy. Many times we unnecessarily damage habitats beyond what creatures can endure.

Box turtles, for example, are slow movers, slow to mature, and limited in the distances they typically travel. They do not reproduce until age seven or so, and even then they typically lay three to four eggs at a time.

So whenever humans cut down forests and build towns and roads, it is more difficult for a turtle to find food, a mate, and a safe place to nest. Road crossing is very risky business for a turtle, and countless turtles are killed each year trying to attempt it.

I did my PhD research on the reproduction of the eastern box turtle, and one interesting fact I discovered is that females often travel well outside their wooded “stomping grounds” to forest edges, fields, and yards to lay eggs.

Females loaded with eggs are more likely to attempt dangerous road crossings in their effort to find a suitable nest site. So it is generally unwise to release a pet box turtle anywhere except where it was caught (even woods containing other box turtles). Why? The turtle will often instinctively try to return home, crossing every road in its way. Unwittingly, we stack the deck against the turtle’s survival.

God cares about the welfare of animals. Do you remember why He had Noah fill the Ark with animals? “To keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth” (Genesis 7:3, NIV). The fact that He gave His creatures so many amazing designs for survival, such as antifreeze, reinforces how much He cares about them. If He cares so much for His creatures, shouldn’t we, as appointed stewards of His creation, do the same (Genesis 1:26)?

References

J. P. Costanzo and D. L. Claussen, “Natural Freeze Tolerance in the Terrestrial Turtle, Terrapene carolina,” Journal of Experimental Zoology 254:228–232.

J. P. Costanzo, R. E. Lee, Jr., and M. F. Wright, “Physiological Responses to Freezing in the Turtle Terrapene carolina,”Journal of Herpetology 27:117–120.

C. K. Dodd, North American Box Turtles: A Natural History (Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 2001).

K. B. Storey et al., “Freezing Survival and Metabolism of Box Turtles, Terrapene carolina,” Copeia 1993 (3): 628–634.