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Nature's side show

Identifier: Film Collection no. 239

Scope and Contents

Filmed during the Finley Expedition to Arizona, 1925. This film was taken during the 1925 Finley Expedition to Arizona, near the Tucson Mountains. The actual "side show" is preceded by footage of various animals found in the area: a horned lizard, a gila monster, a fox, a prairie dog, a peccary, jackrabbits, cactus wrens, and mourning doves. A family of ground squirrels is also shown, one of whom is seen eating a grasshopper. The next sequence, one of the "side shows," involves the eating habits of snakes. A gopher snake is seen moving toward a bird nest and consuming the eggs. Another snake is filmed attacking a young mockingbird, and a boa constrictor is shown eating a baby rabbit. The second and last "side show" is a confrontation between a scorpion and a mouse. The mouse dominates and ultimately eats the scorpion. Footage of a pack rat is also included in this sequence. Scenes of the expedition camp and mule train complete the film, including footage of magpies as they jump around and peck the staff dog. The film ends with shots of a bobcat.


  • 1925

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Conditions Governing Access

Not available through interlibrary loan. Contact AMNH Library Special Collections for terms of access.


1 Film Reel (14 minutes) : silent, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (14 minutes)) : silent, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy


Original format: 16 mm. print.



William Finley, photographer; Arthur Pack (for the American Nature Association), producer.

Nature's side show, 1925
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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