May 21, 2014

Animals do gross things

Exploding Ants: Amazing Facts About How Animals Adapt
by Joanne Settel

Larva that look like bird droppings, worms that live inside dog noses, frogs using their eyeballs to swallow food, and yes, ants that explode when threatened are just some of the gross and disgusting behaviors that have helped animals survive in the natural world. Kids will no doubt be enthralled. The only disappointment is the book's focus on text rather than pictures, which tend to be on the small size. Also sadly, there's no photo of a blown-up ant.

Includes glossary, selected readings, and index.

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