If graboids have really been around since at least the late 1800s, how can native animals ever survive? A full-sized graboid, sneaking underground, can take down a horse or cow! Swarming, mass-producing shriekers and flying ABs hunt above ground with sophisticated heat-seeking ability. How can any animal escape this deadly group? Have wild boars, cows, goats, sheep, birds, rabbits, rats, cougars, etc somehow adapted or evolved over the years to survive graboid onslaughts?

(Note: We get questions from all over the world, and sometimes the writers use English translation programs that don’t work so well.  In this case, I’ve attempted to re-translate the question from the original much longer version, because I loved that it offered yet ANOTHER fresh point-of-view from a fan.)

Our answer: as indicated in Tremors 2, graboids have actually been around much longer, since pre-history.  However, other animals have NOT adapted significantly to the various graboid stages.  The animals just get eaten, and eaten in large numbers.   That said, Graboids are quite rare.  Yes, they are deadly and voracious, as are the shriekers and ABs that follow, but their whole life cycle plays out in a fairly limited time frame over a fairly limited area, so while the local animal population gets decimated in the short term, graboids do not have the potential of causing any sort of widespread extinction.  Nature always strikes a balance.

If graboids have really been around since at least the late 1800s, how can native animals ever survive? A full-sized graboid, sneaking underground, can take down a horse or cow! Swarming, mass-producing shriekers and flying ABs hunt above ground with sophisticated heat-seeking ability. How can any animal escape this deadly group? Have wild boars, cows, goats, sheep, birds, rabbits, rats, cougars, etc somehow adapted or evolved over the years to survive graboid onslaughts? was last modified: by
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