Birds, bees and educated fleas: an A -Z guide to the sexual predilections of animals from aardvarks to zebras.

Birds, bees and educated fleas: an A -Z guide to the sexual predilections of animals from aardvarks to zebras. Bruce Montague.

London: Blake Publishing, 2015. Octavo, paperback, text illustrations.

Cole Porter raised the topic in his famous song from 1928, 'Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love', which prompted Bruce Montague to ask 'how?'. This book provides an amusing A - Z of the courtship and mating habits of animals. From well-hung South American drakes to shy camels arranging secret love trysts, female chameleons whose skin darkens when they're no longer in the mood to giraffes who swing their hips and swish their tails when they're feeling frisky, oysters that can change sex pretty much at will to stud rhinoceroses that can copulate three or four times a day for a week, this is a wide-ranging, light-hearted and well-researched look at the world of animal love and lust. Arranged alphabetically by species, this is the perfect handbook for those curious to know how each species' babies are made.

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