Deadliest Animals!
Get ready to be totally grossed out as you discover the incredibly icky ways animals eat, make their homes, and defend themselves.
From ants to zebras, you’ll discover some seriously strange animal behaviors. Slurp up soupy insides with houseflies, spit sticky saliva to build nests with birds, and fend off predators with poop-flinging caterpillars and farting snakes. And that’s just the tip of the dung pile! These yucky habits may seem surprising to us, but they’re totally normal for these animals. In fact, their survival depends on them.
 
Lively text, incredible photography, and all kinds of fun features make this book a must read for curious kids. Ready to chew some fingernails with cockroaches? Dive into the disgusting world of animals!
Behind the Book
“The story behind this book traces all the way back to a three-week research trip I took to East Africa in 1996. During the safari, I watched with fascination as a mother black-backed jackal upchucked her partially-digested dinner to feed her three feisty pups. When the little ones had eaten their fill, she scarfed down the mushy leftovers.
“The next day, while observing a gerenuk standing on its tippy toes as it ate, our guide told us that it’s one of more than 150 mammals (including cows) that regurgitate their food and re-munch their lunch as many as four times. It’s their way of eking every possible nutrient from the tough plants they eat.
“Right then and there, I started making a list of animals that vomit their vittles as a survival strategy. Over time, I added more than a dozen insects, birds, and mammals to that list.
“But why stop there? I also made lists of creatures that use poop, pee, spit, snot, and other bodily substances in the most surprising ways. Eventually, I had more than enough information for a 112-page book.”
Ick! Delightfully Disgusting Animal Dinners, Dwellings, and Defenses
by Melissa Stewart
National Geographic
for Kids, 2020
for ages 8-12
ISBN 978-1-42633-746-8
Purchase this book at your local independent bookseller or Amazon.com.
 
 
 
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