Weird Nature

Weird Nature

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Explores hundreds of ingenious and strange animal behavior under six topics--motion and locomotion; breeding; feeding; defense and camouflage; symbiotic partners; and remedies and potions--and makes comparisons to human similarities and differences. Simultaneous.

Firefly Books Ltd
An illustrated look at the incredible and sometimes bizarre animal behavior from devious defenses to unique ways of moving. The companion book to the Discovery Channel series. Illustrated throughout in color.

The companion book to the six-part Discovery Channel series, Weird Nature is an astonishing exploration of nature's strangest behavior. The ingenuity of all kinds of animals is celebrated including the flying dragon or draco whose membrane wings resemble early designs for aircraft wings, spiny lobsters in Florida who form a "mass conga line" when moving to deeper waters and the Wallace tree frog whose large webbed hands and feet allow it to glide as far forward as it drops vertically. These animals and many more are featured in this revealing and often amusing look at nature.

Chapters include:

  • Fantastic feeding -- the many different ways nature finds food for fuel including worms that eat themselves.
  • Devious defenses -- to avoid being eaten, animals have developed an array of defenses including porcupine fish that inflate into spiny balls and mantis shrimps with a punch that can knock a hole in glass.
  • Marvelous motion -- ingenious ways of moving around including flattened snakes and flying fish.
  • Extraordinary equipment -- tools for enhancing animal lives like the Mallee fowl that has a thermometer in its bill.
  • Strange structures -- the bizarre assortment of animal created buildings like the palm leaf tents made by fruit bats and the Namib spider that builds a Stonehenge circle around its burrow.
  • Weird and weirder -- social interactions including courtship and mating.

Book News
This book is a companion text to the Discovery Channel series of the same name. Independent producer, author, and accomplished wildlife photographer John Downer presents some of the amazing scientific discoveries about animal behavior, at times weird in how different they are from humans, and at times weird in their similarities to humans. Coverage includes animal behaviors regarding motion, breeding, feeding, defenses, inter-species partnerships, and the self- administration of narcotic or medicinal substances found in their natural habitats. Illustrated throughout with color photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Buffalo, NY; Willowdale, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2002
ISBN: 9781552975862
Branch Call Number: 591.51 DOW
Characteristics: 156 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm


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