100 Bizarre Animals

by Mike Unwin

100 Bizarre Animals

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Some animals just look weird. Take the mandrill, whose outrageous face is coloured to mimic its genitals, or the star-nosed mole whose nose sprouts 22 fleshy tentacles. Others behave strangely - a mallee fowl builds huge mounds of rotting vegetation in which to incubate its eggs. Some are plain ingenious, such as the fog-basking beetle which stands on its head to drink from fog on the breeze (the fog condenses on its body and then trickles down to its mouth), or the cartwheeling spider which turns itself into a wheel to roll down sand dunes when it needs to make a sharp exit. Then there's the horned toad, which squirts blood from its eyes at attackers and the African egg-eating snake which has to dislocate its jaw to eat an egg three times bigger than its head. With glorious - and sometimes grotesque - full-colour photography throughout, 100 Bizarre Animals celebrates the antics and appearance of the world's wackiest creatures.

About the author

Mike Unwin is an author, editor, photographer and illustrator specialising in natural history. He won the BBC Wildlife/Bradt Travel Guides Travel Writing Competition in 2000, and is now series editor of the Bradt wildlife guides and author of Southern African Wildlife.

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'It's fun and fascinating, a good browsing book for adults, and older children are likely to love it.'
RSPB nature's voice magazine

'A vivid collection of some of the world's most fascinating and unusual species ever to grace the pages of a nature book.'
Voice (Ethnic Consumer)
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Contents

Foreword

The call of the weird

1 GETTING AROUND

2 GRABBING A BITE

3 STAYING ALIVE

4 SHOWING OFF

5 PASSING IT ON

6 GETTING ALONG

Conservation contacts

Acknowledgements

Index

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