Fish That Fake Orgasms

And Other Zoological Curiosities

Matt Walker

St. Martin's Press

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“If you are interested in transvestite garter snakes, the speed-eating habits of the star-nosed mole, or how geckos behave in zero gravity, you will enjoy Fish That Fake Orgasms.” ---The Times (UK)

Packed with fascinating, bizarre, amazing, and hilarious entries, Fish That Fake Orgasms takes you on a guided tour of the diverse natural life that surrounds us. It covers eating and drinking, playing and preying, carousing and canoodling---and much more:

• Why do some Japanese quail prefer to mate with weaker males of the species?

• What animal has a heart that glows green when it beats? 

• Of all the carnivores, which has the strongest bite?

• What creature performs better sexually when there’s another male nearby?

• What type of bird has a divorce rate of only 8 percent?

• Which has a bigger brain: a lion in the wild or a lion in captivity?

• What animal pretends it has food in order to lure females into its abode?

Fish That Fake Orgasms is the first professionally researched miscellany of the animal kingdom. An entertaining and addictive collection, it will satisfy anyone entranced by the wondrous world of animals. 

And speaking of satisfaction, the female brown trout does, in fact, fake it.  It’s a trick it uses to find the most potent mate!

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Fish That Fake Orgasms
The mating game 
 
BIRDS CAN ACT LIKE lovelorn teenagers. At around one year old, barnacle geese (Branta leucopsis) begin going on dates, sampling several potential mates by engaging in so-called 'trial liaisons', which may last from a few days to several weeks. They will keep dating until they settle on a final mate for life at around the age of two or three. Both males and females that find their final partner early in life also raise a family sooner than those that play the field.1 
Animals look for compatible mates just as people do.

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Matt Walker

Matt Walker is one of the world’s leading science journalists. He is an editor at the BBC, shaping its natural history coverage online. He was previously a senior editor at New Scientist, a magazine with a global readership of over 750,000. He has lectured at New Scientist conferences, as well as at the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

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Fish That Fake Orgasms
And Other Zoological Curiosities
Matt Walker

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St. Martin's Press
December 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429985949
ISBN10: 1429985941
5 x 7 3/4 inches, 224 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
December 2007
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312371166
ISBN10: 0312371160
5 x 7 3/4 inches, 224 pages
$16.95
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