Dangerous Animals

Dangerous Animals

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Many animals are dangerous - to each other and to humans. A sharp-toothed shark can rip off an arm or a leg, a hunting tiger can kill with one bite to a neck, a spitting cobra can spray a stream of venom into the eyes of an enemy. Dangerous Animals is a dramatic exploration of the way animals live in their dangerous world. From the largest and most menacing to the smallest and seemingly harmless, animals have powerful weapons, such as teeth and claws, horns and hooves, fangs and stingers, and poisons and venoms, for capturing prey and fighting off predators. It also looks at the different situations where animals can be dangerous, and reveals that danger really depends on your point of view. Animals seldom single out people as prey, but people can become victims when they accidentally or intentionally threaten an animal. You may not think an ostrich is a dangerous animal, but a cornered ostrich is capable of killing with its kick. The words dangerous animals immediately suggest sharp teeth, great size or venomous fangs. But the mass murderers of the world are actually rats, blood-sucking mosquitoes, flies and ticks. And the most dangerous animal of them all? You may be very surprised!show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 64 pages
  • 258 x 311mm
  • Allen & Unwin
  • Allen & Unwin Children's Books
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 1863736972
  • 9781863736978

Table of contents

Introduction1 Tusks, horns and antlers2 Teeth and claws3 Venemous animals4 Natural weapons5 People and parasitesWhere in the world?GlossaryIndexshow more

About Susan Lumpkin

Dr John Seidensticker is Curator of Mammals at the National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.Susan Lumpkin is Director of Communications at Friends of theNational Zoo, Washington DC. She received her PhD in biological psychology, specialising in animal behaviour. Susan is also editor of ZooGoer magazine.show more