Melissa Stewart: Behind the Books: Animal Grossapedia

From: Celebrate Science
http://celebratescience.blogspot.com/2012/10/behind-books-animal-grossapedia.html
October 10, 2012 at 05:00AM

Last week a book I’m really excited about became available to the public.

Just imagine a 112-page compilation of all the ways animals use pee, poop, vomit, spit, blood, and slimy mucus to catch prey and escape from predators. You won’t believe how versatile these “gross” materials can be.

Dying for a few examples? I don’t blame you a bit.

Baby elephants dine on doo-doo to get bacteria they need digest tough plant materials. When a horned lizard feels threatened, it squirts blood out of its eyes. Yikes!

Komodo dragons use their saliva to poison their prey, but mice use spit to heal their wounds. Sea cucumber use vomit to startle their enemies, and bees use it to make honey. Yum!

Because the book is published by Scholastic, it will be immediately available in bookstores and through book clubs and book fairs. So if you have a curious kid in your life, here’s the perfect gift for the upcoming holiday season.

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