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Blowholes, Book Gills, and Butt-Breathers

  • Available in hardcover and paperback editions, the newest book in the HOW NATURE WORKS series.


    All animals need oxygen to live, and some have developed bizarre ways of getting it. Weird and wonderful (as only nature can be!), and with spectacular photography, this book explores the methods whales, snakes, birds, salamanders, horseshoe crabs, jellyfish, and other animals have evolved to breathe. One species of water beetle dives underwater with an air bubble that it uses like a scuba tank. Some maggots living in mud or sewage make snorkels for breathing. And yes, damsel fly larvae and at least one species of turtle breathe through their butts.

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