An Astonishing Exploration of Nature's Strangest Behaviour.
This book explores the most fantastic and unusual natural behaviours in the animal world. It is a journey into a surprising and magical natural world inhabited by animals with real characters, distinct personalities and the oddest of behaviours.
- Fantastic Feeding - all life relies on food for fuel, but nature has devised many fantastic ways of finding it, including worms that eat themselves!
- Devious Defences - to avoid being eaten, nature has developed a dazzling array of defences, including skunks that do headstands, porcupine fish that inflate into spiny balls, and mantis shrimps with a punch that can knock a hole in a glass.
- Marvellous Motion - to find food or a mate, or to escape from predators, animals use extraordinary ways of moving around: flattened snakes, flying fish and otters making snow-slides.
- Extraordinary Equipment - the Mallee fowl has a thermometer in its bill and dolphins use sponges to protect their beaks when feeding in the sand.
- Strange Structures - animal architects create an assortment of bizarre buildings, from fruit bats that make tents from palm leaves to a Namib spider that builds a Stonehenge circle around its burrow.
- Weird and Weirder - witness an extraordinary array of social interactions, including courtship and mating.
- Publication Date:
- 07 / 07 / 2003
- 215 x 275mm