Crazy Monster bat on Smithsonian Channel's "Crazy Monsters"

”Crazy Monsters’ Debuts: Sneak Peek Of World’s Creepiest, Freakiest Creatures (VIDEO)

If you have taken a look at the photo posted along with this preview of the new series “Crazy Monsters” on Smithsonian Channel, you know what you’re in for. Perhaps the show that debuts Wednesday night January 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT should be called Scary Monsters!

The network’s invitation reads like this: “Uncover some of the creepiest, freakiest and downright ghastliest monsters in real life”. Okay, so with that out-of-the-way, you’re probably hooked and rightly so. The photo above is of a bat, but not just any ordinary bat.

It’s one of the many winged creatures that will be examined in episode two of “Crazy Monsters” on January 11. The collection ranges from a “…bat that pulls fish from the water with giant claws to the bloodsucking vampire bat… through a strange collection of winged beasts that are as bizarre as they are fascinating.”

In the season premiere, the featured  Crazy Monsters are spiders. They are hairy specimens chosen to give you the jitters while watching and well after you tune out. They can, “walk on water and even breathe underwater,” Smithsonian Channel advises. It’s unclear if you’d prefer those to the giant tarantula who likes to begin the day eating birds for breakfast. Six of one, half-dozen of the other?  Check out the sneak peek of the premiere, posted below.

In the coming weeks, here’s just a sample of what’s in store, each Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on Smithsonian.

January 11 “Crazy Monster Bats”: When the daylight gives way to the desperately dark night, the sky comes alive with a frantic frenzy of wings that, for some, is the stuff of nightmares.

January 18 “Crazy Monster Diggers”: Lurk in the shadows and enter a secret, subterranean world where digging freaks burrow right under our feet.

January 25, “Crazy Monster Gulpers”: Crazy monster gulpers don’t nibble at their food – they swallow their victims whole. These monsters can dislocate their jaws and use their mouths as traps to swallow animals whole in one gulp.

February 1 “Crazy Monster Fangs”: Only the world’s craziest creatures would sport the sharpest and meanest fangs known to man. These monsters bite, chew and gnash on anything that gets in their way

February 8 “Crazy Monster Bugs”: Flies, beetles and bees – bugs come in all shapes and sizes, but these crazy monsters are not your normal bees and butterflies. One insect sprays molten-hot acid from its rear

CRAZY MONSTER is produced by Earth Touch for Smithsonian Channel. Executive producer for Earth Touch is Graeme Duane. Executive producers for Smithsonian Channel are Tim Evans, Charles Poe and David Royle. Smithsonian Channel airs “Crazy Monsters” Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT beginning January 4, 2017. Image credit: Smithsonian Channel, used with permission.

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